LAH substandard lot debate sent to Planning Commission

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Developer Forrest Linebarger sold the center lot at 10730 Mora Drive, irking his neighbors, who wanted Linebarger’s three parcels merged and developed as a single property.

The pingponging of Los Altos Hills’ substandard lot saga continues with the city council lobbing the latest serve back to the Planning Commission.

By a 4-1 vote, with Councilwoman Courtenay C. Corrigan dissenting, the council Thursday declined to accept the Planning Commission’s recommended modifications for development regulations applying to lots up to 0.63 acres. The council’s motion directed commissioners to give the issue “another pass” and consider “grandfathering in” current residences that could be adversely affected by a new ordinance restricting future redevelopment.


Planning for Loyola Corners, community center among LA council's 2016 goals

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Los Altos Mayor Jeannie Bruins listens as a resident shares her opinion on Loyola Corners. Among its 2016 goals, the city council plans to foster improved engagement with the community.

Los Altos residents interested in local government can expect to become even more familiar this year with four major talking points: the future of Loyola Corners, downtown economics, community center facilities and programs, and the city council’s connection to residents.

The council annually sets goals to prioritize city staff’s time beyond day-to-day operations and ongoing public services. Councilmembers discussed the city’s top issues Jan. 30 during their annual retreat and approved the draft goals at Tuesday’s meeting. Throughout the year, city staff will provide a strategic approach to each goal.


Mtn. View gathers community input on Transit Center Master Plan

Mountain View city officials have scheduled a meeting to solicit input from residents, businesses and commuters on improving the downtown transit center 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday at the Adobe Building, 157 Moffett Blvd.

The project team will introduce the steps to develop a Transit Center Master Plan, discuss project goals and objectives, and present initial alternatives for modifying the current grade crossing at Castro Street.


Police Blotter

Theft, burglary

Feb. 15, 8:21 a.m., 900 block of Hayman Place: An unknown suspect rummaged through an unlocked vehicle. The victim did not report anything stolen.

Feb. 21, 6:42 p.m., 1-100 block of Yerba Buena Avenue: Sometime while a resident was out to dinner, an unknown suspect entered her unlocked home and stole jewelry and cash. The victim found her jewelry box in her backyard.


Page Mill driver cleared of criminal wrongdoing in fatal crash

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A memorial stands at the site of the fatal crash of a cyclist on Page Mill Road last November.

Criminal charges will not be filed against the driver of a car involved in the Nov. 3 traffic death of a Palo Alto cyclist, investigators announced late last month.

Both a California Highway Patrol report and a subsequent report by the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office determined that cyclist Jeffrey Donnelly, 52, caused the Page Mill Road collision that led to his death.


Public Lands Subcommittee reviews three sites in-depth

Members of the Los Altos/Los Altos School District Public Lands Subcommittee are heading back to the drawing board after loosening constraints on the three possible contenders for a 10th school site.

After mediator Shawn Spano pointed out at last week’s meeting that conversations among the committee members – Los Altos Mayor Jeannie Bruins and Councilwoman Jan Pepper and Los Altos School District trustees Tammy Logan and Vladimir Ivanovic – reached a standstill, the officials discussed how to proceed.


Senior Commission awaits recruitment as council evaluates

As the Los Altos City Council begins its season of appointing commissioners, seniors are on hold while elected leaders evaluate the Senior Commission’s current structure and composition.

The matter arose in December, when a city staff report suggested the possibility of disbanding the commission and establishing an advisory committee to address concerns of turnover and effectiveness. The less rigid structure would allow the group to work outside constraints of the state’s Brown Act, which ensures the public’s right to attend and participate in local legislative meetings.


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