Housing advocates call for rent-hike moratorium in MV

A Mountain View resident speaks at the Sept. 8 city council meeting about rent control. Courtesy of CIty of Mountain View

As they move from awareness-raising protests to policy advocacy, Mountain View community groups protesting the escalating affordable housing crisis have been articulating an increasingly specific list of actions the Mountain View City Council and area voters could take to mitigate the rent increases displacing local families.

A temporary emergency ordinance halting rent increases, just-cause eviction requirements, expanded relocation benefits and rent stabilization policies are the four issues at the forefront of rallies and local meetings. The Mountain View City Council could enact any of these policies, or Mountain View voters could bring them directly to the ballot. Other Bay Area cities, including East Palo Alto, San Jose and Los Gatos, cap maximum annual rent increases.


LAH council to interview candidates

If any Los Altos Hills City Council candidate happened to question his or her affinity for the public spotlight, Thursday’s panel interview should provide ample guidance. The proceedings – and, ultimately, councilmembers’ votes – are open to the public and will be broadcast live over the town’s streaming video feed. And there is, of course, the subject of seating.

“Let’s turn it around, put them up here,” Councilman Gary Waldeck suggested during last week’s council meeting. “We could have seven or eight people up here. … You get a chance to see how they behave behind the dais.”


Council directs senior commission to 'refine' proposal

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Los Altos leaders representing local seniors are pushing for dedicated space for their constituents as part of the city’s new community center plans. Proponents cite nearby cities, such as Mountain View, left, that have senior centers for activities and events.

The Los Altos City Council last week provided initial feedback on the Senior Commission’s proposal for dedicated space within the proposed Hillview Community Center and Park renovation.


Stanford study highlights threat of tick-borne disease in Bay Area

Western blacklegged tick

Better get that cootie shot: Disease-infected beasties are afoot, and they want your blood.

“It’s easy to remember: The bloodsuckers come out around Halloween,” said Denise Bonilla, Santa Clara County Vector Control District manager.


Los Altos seeks public art submissions

Los Altos showcases art from around the world in its downtown streets and parks, and the Public Arts Commission is pursuing new works to display.

Artists can submit sculptures, mosaics and electronic and interactive art, along with other forms of visual expression. Special consideration is given to art that reflects the city’s agricultural past or the community’s current ties to developments in technology.


Police/Fire Blotter

Reptile heat lamp possible cause of fire

A space heater left on may have started a Sept. 14 residential fire in Los Altos causing an estimated $860,000 in damages. No one was injured in the blaze, which destroyed the 2,200-square-foot home.

Six Santa Clara Fire Department units responded at 7:35 p.m. to a 911 call in the 700 block of Raymundo Avenue. The homeowners were in the 1947-era building when the fire broke out.


Loyola Corners under moratorium, council to update area's plan

Traffic circulation around Fremont Avenue, currently impacted by Loyola Bridge construction, will likely be a key aspect in updates to the area’s specific plan.

Now is the time for Loyola Corners residents and merchants to weigh in on their neighborhood’s future.

Los Altos officials are in the midst of planning a potential update to the Loyola Corners Neighborhood Commercial Center Specific Plan – a document more than 25 years old with numerous requirements that were never implemented. The city will review the plan and possibly amend its policies, zoning regulations and design standards.


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