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Veterans, homeless to benefit from affordable housing project

Rendering Courtesy of CIty of Mountain View
The Mountain View City Council gave the green light to a proposal for a housing project with 30 units for veterans.

The Mountain View City Council last week addressed the city’s affordable housing crisis by approving a 67-unit project that includes 30 units set aside for veterans.

The $28.4 million project, offering studio and one-bedroom units, is slated for the half-acre property at the corner of Rich Avenue and El Camino Real. The five-story project is a collaborative effort led by developer Palo Alto Housing Inc.

LAH council weighs short-term occupancy tax

The next time Beyoncé and the Biebs hit up their favorite Los Altos Hills Airbnb listing, the pop stars may discover that the price has jumped – again.

Beyoncé Knowles paid $10,000 per night for her February Super Bowl digs, a contemporary 9,800-square-foot mansion located off Moody Road. By March, when Justin Bieber booked the same estate, viral internet buzz about Beyoncé’s stay had bumped the nightly fee to $30,000.

Roundtable addresses airplane noise

The Select Committee on South Bay Arrivals is slated to review aircraft noise issues that impact Los Altos and the South Bay 6-8:30 p.m. June 29 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

The SFO Airport/Community Roundtable will accept public input, review Federal Aviation Administration proposals and make recommendations, with a focus on SFO arrivals and departures.

Los Altos council approves return of Days on the Green in August

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Formerly the State Street Green, the Third Street Green returns with a host of events and activities for all ages.

After a year off, the Third Street Green is back.

The Los Altos City Council last week approved a Los Altos Community Investments (LACI, formerly Passerelle Investment Co.) proposal for 2,500 square feet of space on Third Street to be temporarily covered with lawn, tables and chairs.

Whipple library funds may go to Los Altos

Los Altos is seeking to secure $1.4 million for its libraries.

The Los Altos City Council May 24 requested that the Santa Clara County Library District Joint Powers Authority transfer the sum to the city. If the JPA approves the transfer, the city will establish a separate fund for the library money, which will be invested with an annual return of approximately 0.9 percent.

Curiosity drives new director of planning, building


Jon Biggs grew up among apricot orchards. So in a way, working for Los Altos – with an office overlooking the city’s historical orchard – felt like coming home.

The city in March hired Biggs to head the Department of Community Development. In Los Altos, the department comprises the divisions of planning and building. Biggs is responsible for organizing the implementation of new development projects and overseeing the city’s building and zoning codes, which entails short- and long-range planning.

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