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LAH residents object to homeowner's "Motel 6" plan

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos Hills hopes to generate income by taxing short-term rentals, like this VRBO- listed home on Orchard Hill Lane.

Annie Leung was preparing to host a Christmas party when her doorbell rang.

“I rented your cottage,” said the stranger standing on Leung’s doorstep.

El Camino complex hits new snag

Rendering Courtesy of City of Los ALtos
At 62 feet high, the proposed condominium complex at 4880 El Camino Real exceeds the city’s height limit of 45 feet.

The only sure thing after the Los Altos City Council held its meeting on a proposed El Camino Real development is that another hearing is in the cards. The council voted 4-1 June 28 to continue design review on a contentious condominium complex.

The Lola LLC development, pegged for 4880 El Camino Real, will have 21 units, including three below-market-rate condos that even many skeptics of the project agree are sorely needed in the area. Those 21 units, however, will be built over five stories towering 62 feet high. That may explain the project’s opponents, who point to a height limit of 45 feet on the Los Altos side of El Camino Real.

LAH residents inch closer to Comcast compromise

Los Altos Hills’ beleaguered cable internet deficit may be inching toward remedy – at least for homeowners willing to help foot the installation bill.

Councilmembers meeting June 16 discussed the possibility of town funds contributing to cable installation costs for residents of private streets lacking high-speed internet service. A $100,000 placeholder for the project is included in the town’s five-year capital improvement plan.

Council questions sewer costs

After Engineering Services Manager Chris Lamm reported on a 6 percent rate increase in Los Altos’ sewer service charge, Councilwoman Megan Satterlee expressed concern.

“I’m a little troubled by that number,” she said.

City seeks input on plaza name change

Los Altos city officials are soliciting feedback from residents concerning a proposal to change the name of Community Plaza to Veterans Plaza.

Residents may visit bit.ly/28Nwsmg to vote and leave comments and suggestions.

Budget spurs debate over road fixes, nonprofit donations

Los Altos City Councilmembers revealed their philosophical differences earlier this month while reviewing budget items for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

Councilman Jean Mordo suggested a decrease in deferred maintenance funds to increase the proposed $1.4 million budget for fixing deteriorating roads. Public Works Director Susanna Chan noted that 5.6 percent of Los Altos’ 112 miles of roads are in poor condition.

MV council signs off on hospital expansion, Castro Street closure

Rendering COurtesy of El Camino Hospital
Expansion plans for El Camino Hospital – approved last week by the Mountain View City Council – include a new 265,000-square-foot medical office building and a five-level parking structure.

Traffic, business and impact on residents underscored two major proposals the Mountain View City Council approved June 22 before breaking for the summer.

Hospital expansion

The council approved a major El Camino Hospital expansion plan, but not before raising concerns about whether hospital officials fully reviewed potential traffic gridlock, particularly along the already congested Grant Road. The council voted in favor of the project 5-1-1, with Lenny Siegel opposed and Chris Clark recusing himself because he owns property nearby.

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