Council considers freezing First St. development

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A pedestrian walks along First Street in downtown Los Altos last week. Future construction on the street could soon be barred by an emergency moratorium on development.

Further construction along First Street could be temporarily barred as soon as next week by an emergency moratorium on development.


Downtown Buildings Committee members

The Downtown Buildings Committee is charged with reviewing new development downtown.

According to a report by Councilwoman Megan Satterlee, the committee will study development within the context of current city zoning ordinances and the city’s Downtown Design Guidelines, Downtown Design Plan and General Plan.


Ladera update: Business not forced out

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Property owners of the site for Ladera Auto Works, formerly Village Motors, said they did not force their tenant to relocate.Ladera owner Steve West is leaving of his own accord.

Ladera Auto Works is scheduled to leave its 465 First St. location in a matter of days, but not for the reasons described in last week’s Town Crier business article about the auto repair shop.

The site’s owners, who have had the property the past 20 years, said they have not sold the property, as Ladera owner Steve West claimed in last week’s story, and they were not forcing the business to leave.


Residents, county support roundabout proposal for Page Mill Road

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
After public oppostion to a traffic signal proposed for the Page Mill Road I-280 off-ramps, above, the Los Altos Hills City Council is considering a roundabout.

When residents of Los Altos Hills turned out en masse to oppose Caltrans’ proposal for traffic signals at the north- and southbound off-ramps at Interstate 280 last year, the county responded.

A working group comprising representatives from the cities of Los Altos Hills and Palo Alto, Santa Clara County and Caltrans convened with a vision to “take a fresh look at improvements with a corridor approach,” according to one of the members. The group reviewed the technical details for new proposals and gathered public input via email and three public meetings last fall. Eight months later, consensus is emerging regarding an alternative proposal to solve the growing traffic gridlock on Page Mill Road – a roundabout.


Mtn. View pursues housing near Googleplex

Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
With three new members elected in November, the Mountain View City Council voted to revisit housing options for the North Bayshore area, home to Google headquarters.

The Mountain View City Council unanimously voted to change course last week and pursue housing in the North Bayshore area, just beyond where Shoreline Boulevard crosses Highway 101 and Google has its corporate headquarters.


LA council approves amended medical-parking ordinance

The Los Altos City Council recently gave its initial approval for an amended medical-parking ordinance that more clearly defines the various types of medical businesses in Los Altos – and their parking demands.


LAH residents seek road rights, improved Internet access

Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Residents of Byrne Park Lane in Los Altos Hills are lobbying town officials to reclassify their street from private to public. Comcast Corp., the city’s cable provider, is not required to service private roads, hampering Internet access.

Although Los Altos Hills sits in the heart of Silicon Valley, it feels like the dark ages for 29 homeowners living on private roads like Byrne Park Lane and Deer Springs Way.

Comcast Corp. isn’t required to provide cable and Internet service to those living on private roads – and won’t do so without charging residents thousands of dollars.


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