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Community Plaza may be renamed to honor veterans

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The downtown Community Plaza, at the intersection of Main and State streets, could undergo a name change if the council OK’s a proposal to rename it, “Veterans Plaza.”

The intersection of Main and State streets is unnamed on Google Maps, but a proposal to change the name of Community Plaza is a hot issue downtown.

LAH residents object to homeowner's "Motel 6" plan

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos Hills hopes to generate income by taxing short-term rentals, like this VRBO- listed home on Orchard Hill Lane.

Annie Leung was preparing to host a Christmas party when her doorbell rang.

“I rented your cottage,” said the stranger standing on Leung’s doorstep.

El Camino complex hits new snag

Rendering Courtesy of City of Los ALtos
At 62 feet high, the proposed condominium complex at 4880 El Camino Real exceeds the city’s height limit of 45 feet.

The only sure thing after the Los Altos City Council held its meeting on a proposed El Camino Real development is that another hearing is in the cards. The council voted 4-1 June 28 to continue design review on a contentious condominium complex.

The Lola LLC development, pegged for 4880 El Camino Real, will have 21 units, including three below-market-rate condos that even many skeptics of the project agree are sorely needed in the area. Those 21 units, however, will be built over five stories towering 62 feet high. That may explain the project’s opponents, who point to a height limit of 45 feet on the Los Altos side of El Camino Real.

LAH residents inch closer to Comcast compromise

Los Altos Hills’ beleaguered cable internet deficit may be inching toward remedy – at least for homeowners willing to help foot the installation bill.

Councilmembers meeting June 16 discussed the possibility of town funds contributing to cable installation costs for residents of private streets lacking high-speed internet service. A $100,000 placeholder for the project is included in the town’s five-year capital improvement plan.

Council questions sewer costs

After Engineering Services Manager Chris Lamm reported on a 6 percent rate increase in Los Altos’ sewer service charge, Councilwoman Megan Satterlee expressed concern.

“I’m a little troubled by that number,” she said.

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