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Petition asks city to revisit online parking system

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New parking stickers (blue) replaced the old ones (green) in October. The new system allows only online payment of tickets.

A petition requesting that the Los Altos City Council and the Los Altos Police Department revisit the city’s new online parking system has accrued 323 signatures.

The petition asserts that the new system, administered by the Las Vegas-based iParq, discriminates against business owners who do not use computers or credit cards.

Los Altos confirms height limits in brief meeting

In a meeting that clocked in at less than an hour, the Los Altos City Council voted 3-2 last week to lower height limits in dense downtown zones. Mayor Jeannie Bruins and Councilman Jean Mordo cast the dissenting votes.

“Unfortunately, the vote … has become a polarizing issue in this town,” said Councilwoman Jan Pepper. “We all need to work together to make our downtown as great as it can be.”

LAH approves 49ers CEO's cabana -- with tweaks

Jed York can build his pool cabana, but the roof’s going to be a tad lower than the San Francisco 49ers CEO anticipated.

Despite opposition from some of York’s neighbors, Los Altos Hills’ Planning Commission Thursday unanimously approved York’s plans for a 756-square-foot pool cabana adjacent to his 9,000-square-foot home off Altamont Road.

LACI solicits feedback on First St. park

Los Altos Community Investments (LACI) held an open house Nov. 2 to discuss its planned green space on First Street in downtown Los Altos.

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Los Altos Community Investments (LACI) held an open house Nov. 2 to discuss its planned green space on First Street in downtown Los Altos.

According to Sares Regis, a developer working with LACI, 95 people stopped by to share input with designers and developers, snack on appetizers and informally vote on amenities they would like to see in the proposed half-acre park.

Whipple fund fight finally concludes

Illustration by Mary Burkhardt
This portrait of Virginia Whipple hangs in the Los Altos main library.

The tug-of-war for the late Virginia Whipple’s money is over.

After months of uncertainty, members of the Santa Clara County Library District Joint Powers Authority (JPA) finally settled the matter of control by voting unanimously Oct. 27 to transfer approximately $1.5 million of the library patron’s bequest to the Los Altos Library Endowment. The funds will offset the cost of future construction to replace or renovate the San Antonio Road library facility.

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