Public Arts Commission, council review new plan

The fight for art in Los Altos continued last week as the Public Arts Commission met with the city council to discuss its freshly tuned tactical arts plan.

After the council blasted the commission’s proposed Public Art Master Plan last year, commissioners decided to regroup and craft something more palatable – a tactical plan with events scheduled throughout the year. Events in the final plan included:

LA City Council majority green-lights fees aimed at easing affordable-housing crunch

A new affordable-housing impact fee could be making its way to Los Altos from the pockets of developers in an effort to help solve the Bay Area housing crisis.

At last week’s Los Altos City Council meeting, council members reviewed details of the proposed fee, which would be used to help develop or rehabilitate affordable housing. The fee was last discussed in 2017, a handful of months after a nexus study was conducted to establish the connection between development and the impact it has on affordable housing.

Los Altos parks protection effort challenged

An initiative proposed ostensibly to protect Los Altos parks and open space has left some residents wondering about hidden motivations. Meanwhile, the Los Altos City Council may consider a competing referendum later this month.

At issue is the Los Altos Protect Our Parks and Public Lands Initiative, launched last month. Los Altos resident Jim Jolly, who is leading the effort, said proponents have collected more than 2,900 signatures. They needed 1,943 signatures – 10 percent of registered voters – to qualify for the Nov. 6 ballot.

Los Altos Planning Commission sets secondary unit rules

The Los Altos Planning Commission took another crack at the accessory structure and accessory dwelling unit ordinances last week, making a few additional recommendations before the revised regulations hit the city council.

At their March 13 meeting, council members were set to adopt the ordinances when they made some last-minute decisions. They voted to approve the accessory structure ordinance but send it back to the Planning Commission with a few questions. The council sent the entire ordinance on accessory dwelling units, commonly referred to as ADUs, back to the commission for review.

Marijuana regulations taking shape in MV, LA

Marijuana regulations are beginning to take shape in Mountain View and Los Altos that will replace the temporary, blanket bans on retail sales that both cities instituted when California began issuing cannabis retail licenses in January.

A report on the legal framework for cannabis regulation is anticipated at Tuesday’s Los Altos City Council meeting. The Mountain View City Council is slated to meet the same night to review recommendations from Mountain View’s Environmental Planning Commission. Its directions to staff provide guidance on a commercial cannabis policy that could begin issuing retail licenses later this year.

County funds renovation of tank house

Spagnoli Tank House
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The Spagnoli Tank House is set to undergo a face-lift.

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously last month to fund the renovation and rehabilitation of the 101-year-old Spagnoli Tank House at the Los Altos History Museum.

“Our Valley rightfully takes pride in its 21st-century role as a technology and thought leader, but there’s a history here we would do well to remember and learn from,” Supervisor Joe Simitian said. “It’s just so important that we protect these pieces of our history for future genera- tions.”


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