Other Voices: Nothing misleading about city's revised ADU regulations

The Los Altos City Council recently adopted updates to accessory dwelling unit (ADU) and accessory structure regulations. Contrary to claims recently published in the Town Crier’s “Other Voices” column and letters to the editor, the city has held numerous public meetings to discuss the proposed changes and gather public comments over a 13-month period.

The housing crisis is not a new issue, but it is a complex one. The city council has committed to exploring ways to increase affordable housing. ADUs provide an opportunity to expand affordable housing in California cities, and the state has taken away some of the city’s ability to regulate ADUs.


Letters to the Editor - week of Nov. 7

Resident clarifies stand on cannabis cultivation

The Oct. 17 Town Crier article “Los Altos City Council passes pot ordinance – stench remains” attributed some comments to me that were not entirely accurate.

On Oct. 9, the city council was considering a proposed ordinance that bans outdoor cultivation of cannabis and allows indoor cultivation of up to six cannabis plants per residence. California state law allows municipalities to ban outdoor cultivation – one important reason being that odors many people find disagreeable are emitted by cannabis plants while being cultivated – but in effect requires (thanks to Proposition 64, passed in 2016) that cities allow residents to cultivate as many as six cannabis plants indoors in a private residence or “fully enclosed and secure” accessory structure.

Election 2018: A summary of Town Crier endorsements

Los Altos City Council (2 seats):

Nancy Bremeau

Other Voices: Assembly Bill 705 at Foothill-De Anza

Under the leadership of California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley, “Vision for Success” is a bold initiative by the California Community Colleges to better meet California’s needs for increased higher education attainment and workforce development.

Among the six ambitious goals in the initiative to be achieved by 2022:

Letters to the Editor - week of Oct. 31

Note: This online version includes additional letters that were not included in the print edition due to lack of space.

LA acting in ‘bad faith’ on ADU ordinances

I read with interest Jerry Clements’ “Other Voices” column in the Oct. 17 Town Crier (“The double-talk ordinances”). I am in support of his article and would like to share additional information on the subject.

I’ve been a resident of Los Altos for over 25 years. I am an engineer by training and read the new state law on accessory dwelling units (ADUs). The state law does not impose on cities the requirement this city has claimed to justify the changes they passed regulating ADUs and accessory structures.

A Piece of My Mind: Homecoming parade – now and then

My spouse and I biked up to downtown Los Altos in mid-October to watch the Los Altos High School homecoming parade.

Varying views on Measure C: Initiative protects city's parks, public lands

Measure C is simple. Measure C lets residents decide whether to give up our land to developers and special interests or to keep it for our public use.

Measure C protects parks, land that many consider to be parks but legally aren’t (Hillview ball fields, Whistle Stop playground, apricot orchard), as well as the civic center and downtown parking lots.


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