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Déjà vu for all involved in Mora Drive debate

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Developer Forrest Linebarger addresses the Los Altos Hills City Council Aug. 25 on his ongoing attempt to develop his land.

It’s “Groundhog Day” for residents of Mora Drive. Likewise for Los Altos Hills city councilmembers, planning commissioners, staff and developer Forrest Linebarger.

Much like the 1993 Bill Murray comedy, the same characters appear and a similar plot plays out again and again with each city meeting meant to resolve the contentious development of Linebarger’s Mora Drive properties.

Los Altos hires Jordan as new city manager

Approximately four months after he was named Los Altos’ interim city manager, Chris Jordan will take on the job permanently. The Los Altos City Council made the appointment at their Aug. 23 meeting.

Councilmembers expressed their enthusiasm about the unanimous appointment.

LAH council, residents reach cost-sharing internet agreement

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Deputy John Prado met members of the Los Altos Hills City Council last week. Prado, a motorcycle officer, is assigned to traffic enforcement in town.

Julietta Lane’s getting the hook-up, parts of Mora Drive are entering the fold and the town’s welcoming a new traffic patrol officer.

Thursday’s Los Altos Hills City Council meeting wrapped up a few loose ends town officials have grappled with for months, though the substandard lot debate will continue at a future meeting – likely in September – allowing time for affected residents to receive proper notice.

Downtown visioning

The deadline for submissions for Los Altos’ downtown visioning project was July 29. Councilwoman Jan Pepper said there were eight proposals, half of which she found promising.

Jennifer Quinn, the city’s economic development director, agreed, telling the Town Crier that “we have several great candidates to choose from.”

Interim city manager hopes to keep position

Chris Jordan has served as interim city manager since April 28, replacing Marcia Somers. His contract expires Sept. 30, but he is a candidate to assume the role permanently.

Jordan has experience in the city manager role, essentially working as a chief administrative officer for the city. He was city manager of West Linn, Ore., for 10 years before coming to Los Altos. West Linn, a Portland suburb with a population of approximately 25,000, is known for its urban forested areas. He has expressed strong interest in maintaining his role in Los Altos.

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