Budget update: Council allocates to sewer, trees, recreation

Los Altos city finances are trending positively at the midyear point, according to Finance Director Kim Juran-Karageorgiou.

The General Fund expenditures budget for this fiscal year is $34.31 million; the city spent 45 percent as of Dec. 31. The revenue budget is $35.7 million; the city collected 39 percent by the fiscal midyear mark.


Top Los Altos official resigns

Marcia Somers

The city of Los Altos announced April 1 – no joke – the resignation of its top official, City Manager Marcia Somers.

Somers submitted her resignation a couple of days prior in a letter to the city council. Her final day with the city will be April 30.


Deadlocked MV council holds off on rent mediation option

Mountain View residents are going to have to wait nearly a month for adoption of a controversial rental housing dispute mediation program.

Deadlocked 3-3 on approving the program, the Mountain View City Council opted to table the item and reconsider it at its April 26 meeting. Councilman Mike Kasperzak, part of the 4-3 council majority previously in favor of the program, was not present at the March 22 meeting.


Council rejects funds for hydration stations

Los Altos City Councilmembers last week voted to reject $20,000 in grant funding that would have underwritten purchase and installation of citywide hydration stations.

The stations would have included drinking fountains, water-bottle fillers and dog bowls. Money would have come tied to a requisite administrative policy that mandated serving healthful food and beverages at all city functions.


MV Bike/Pedestrian group meets today

Members of Mountain View’s Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee are scheduled to meet today to discuss increased safety measures for the intersection at El Monte Avenue and Marich Way, site of a recent pedestrian death.

The meeting is slated 6:30 p.m. in Mountain View City Hall’s Plaza Conference Room, 500 Castro St.


City collects hazardous waste

Residents cleaning out their garages can dispose of unwanted toxic household products at no charge April 16 at a location in Los Altos disclosed to those with appointments.

The city of Los Altos and Santa Clara County are partnering to host the annual waste disposal event, with appointments beginning at 9 a.m.


Aircraft noise committee to include local reps

Courtesy of San Francisco International Airport
Noise complaints to San Francisco International Airport, shown above as yellow dots, indicate the impact of new flight paths to residents at ground level.

A new committee of local elected officials will recommend solutions to the increased airplane noise caused by flight paths that concentrate planes in narrower, lower and reportedly louder overhead highways.

U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, who represents Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, appointed two officials including Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian. At Eshoo’s request, the Santa Clara County Cities Association appointed two more representatives including Los Altos Hills Councilman Gary Waldeck, a former pilot. Los Altos Councilman Jean Mordo will serve as an alternate.


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