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Joint session focuses on public benefit

The Los Altos City Council held a joint study session with the Planning and Transportation Commission (PTC) Jan. 10 to discuss what public benefits might be suitable to enable a developer to exceed the 30-foot height limit for an office building on First Street.

Officials with Los Altos Community Investments are looking to construct an office building exceeding height limits. According to city code, a building can be taller than otherwise allowed if it offers a public benefit to the city.

Historian explains Electoral College, proposes changes

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Approximately 500 people attended Historian Jack Rakove’s talk, “Can We Ever Get Rid of the Electoral College” Jan. 11 at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills.

America inaugurates Donald Trump as the 45th U.S. president Friday. Eager to understand the businessman’s unlikely ascension, approximately 500 Bay Area residents convened at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills last week for some historical context about the electoral system that made his presidency possible.

The League of Women Voters of Palo Alto sponsored the Jan. 11 event, a presentation by historian Jack Rakove titled “Can We Ever Get Rid of the Electoral College?” League member Diane Rolfe set the scene for Rakove’s standing-room-only audience.

Local Democrats vote for state delegates

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Hillview Community Center was full of attentive voters listening to candidate speeches. More than 40 individuals ran for 14 delegate spots to attend the state Democratic Convention in May.

More than 700 people from State Assembly District 24 stood in the rain Jan. 7, waiting to enter Hillview Community Center and vote for local delegates to the 2017 California Democrats State Convention.

Voters selected seven men and seven women to represent the district at May’s state convention. According to Alyson Abramowitz, convener for the day, 775 Democrats voted for the delegates. Margaret Okuzumi was elected to the executive board of the state Democratic Party.

Wicked wet weather keeps officials wary

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A man walks in the rain at Hillview Community Center Jan. 7.

Recent rainy weather has meant green grass, rainbows and some drought relief, but it’s also kept local emergency officials on their toes.

“The storm definitely created an uptick in calls and the number of trees down, the number of branches down,” said Capt. Scott McCrossin of the Los Altos Police Department.

New LA council agrees to discuss proposed park

More than six hours after the Los Altos City Council welcomed its newest member, councilmembers voted narrowly in favor of entering an exclusive negotiating agreement with Los Altos Community Investments to discuss the possibility of a park and underground parking on First Street.

The agreement passed 3-2, with newcomer Lynette Lee Eng and Jeannie Bruins dissenting.

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