MV dodges rent control in rental housing dispute program

The dilemma of what to do about renters being priced out of Mountain View has kept Vice Mayor Ken Rosenberg awake at night.

Speaking before a full house at the March 15 city council meeting, Rosenberg was clearly torn over a proposal that required binding arbitration in a rental dispute – akin to rent control in some people’s minds.


Hills unveils "contemporary" new website

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Los Altos Hills City Clerk Deborah Padovan, above, navigates the town’s website – now with a fresh, new design, left – last week in city council chambers.

Green is the new brown for Los Altos Hills.

After more than a decade with the same website design, city officials have treated to a makeover that trades boxy and brown for clean and green.


Los Altos hires new top-ranking official

After a months-long recruitment period, the city of Los Altos has hired an official to oversee its department for planning and building.

New Community Development Director Jon Biggs joins city staff March 30, according to City Manager Marcia Somers.


City severs talks over school on civic property

After months of debate over placing a school site on civic property, that option is now off the table.

The Los Altos City Council unanimously voted March 8 to disband the Los Altos City-Schools Public Lands Subcommittee.


LA/LAH Senior Commission moves into re-chartered territory

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Seniors who enjoy the current programs offered by the city of Los Altos can contribute their input to the potential re-chartering of the Los Altos/Los Altos Hills Senior Commission.

After a year of tumult and turnover, the Los Altos/Los Altos Hills Senior Commission may soon get a fresh start as a re-chartered commission.

A new Los Altos City Council ad hoc committee comprising councilmembers Jean Mordo and Jan Pepper will draft the revised charter for the Senior Commission to present to their colleagues at a future meeting.


Hills council tables community center, considers other town improvements

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Tepid support for a potential community center – to host town activities and replace the Heritage House, above, as an emergency operations center – prompted town officials to table plans.

The proposal for a new Los Altos Hills community center has lost momentum, but the town survey it triggered has revealed facts expected to shape future city council priorities.

City councilmembers and staff reviewed the results of the survey – and highlights from the 1,100 pages of detailed cross tabs it generated – during a special meeting last week.


Officials prep for talks on substandard lots in LAH

From Planning Commissioners’ perspectives, last month’s Los Altos Hills City Council meeting generated more questions than answers regarding the town’s ongoing substandard-lot issue.

“What I took away from the city council discussion was that they had forgotten what the root cause of the problem is,” Planning Commissioner Jim Abraham said at Thursday’s commission meeting.


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