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Brown Act violated, arbiter says

Parking group cries foul

An independent investigator hired by the city of Los Altos recommended disbanding the now-suspended citywide parking committee after determining that the group violated California’s open meetings law.

The Los Altos City Council May 10 unanimously accepted the independent investigative report. A city staff member or independent consultant will use the parking committee’s work to develop recommendations that will eventually go before the council.

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MV council adopts rent dispute ordinance, despite reservations

Despite criticism that it lacked teeth, the Mountain View City Council approved last week a second reading and adoption of a controversial program aimed at resolving rental-housing disputes between tenants and landlords.

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City purchases Lincoln Park from county


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Lincoln Park, which the city of Los Altos has maintained for more than 50 years, is now officially city property.

The grassy strip along Foothill Expressway known as Lincoln Park now belongs to Los Altos for the price of $1.02 million.

The Los Altos City Council last week agreed to spend a million dollars to gain a few more: The transaction from Santa Clara County to the city includes transferring approximately $3 million allocated to undergrounding of the area’s high-voltage electrical lines.

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Council hosts forum on aircraft noise

The Los Altos City Council has scheduled an open forum on the area’s increased airplane noise 7-9 p.m. May 11 in the Grant Park Community Center Multipurpose Room, 1575 Holt Ave.

The forum will address the cause of increased aircraft noise and its impact on the community. Los Altos City Councilman Jean Mordo, alternate member on the new Select Committee of South Bay Arrivals, will discuss how local officials are working to resolve the problem. Various noise-reduction advocacy groups will then present their research and suggestions for moving forward. Time will be allotted for public comments.

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Councilmembers hold open office hours

eduled open office hours at locations throughout the city. Each week, one councilmember is available for a two-hour period to answer questions, receive input and discuss topics of interest with local residents.

Upcoming sessions are slated 1-3 p.m. today in the Grant Park Community Center Multipurpose Room, 1575 Holt Ave.; 4-6 p.m. Monday at Peet’s Coffee & Tea, 367 State St.; 3-5 p.m. May 15 at Enchanté Boutique Hotel, 1 Main St.; 6-8 p.m. May 26 at the Community Plaza on the corner of Main and State streets; and 6-8 p.m. June 1 at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave.

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Debate over senior group continues at council

Two Los Altos City Councilmembers this month tested their colleagues’ opinions on re-chartering the waylaid Los Altos/Los Altos Hills Senior Commission. Their central idea – revive the commission – stuck.

“The designation of ‘commission’ became such a touchstone of concern and consternation; I think we should stick with the commission,” said Councilwoman Mary Prochnow. “I think that’s the right thing to do.”

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Hills anthology project proceeds, but with hurdles



Byron Davenport, from left, and his mother, May Davenport, attend the April 19 Los Altos Hills History Committee meeting, during which members discussed supporting a town digital anthology project. Megan V. Winslow/ Town Crier

There’s an ongoing tug-of-war for Los Altos Hills’ history – which stories are told and who gets to tell them. Taxpayers, however, will not be footing the bill just yet.

City councilmembers earlier this month denied anthology project coordinator Duffy Price’s request to provide $31,500 for a 210-page electronic expansion of the town’s existing 40-page publication. The original anthology was published to commemorate the town’s 60th anniversary in January. Councilmembers allocated $6,200 for the digital version and private donors covered the printing cost, $3,800.

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