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Workshops will help city create public art plan

Town Crier File Photo
As the city of Los Altos crafts a Public Art Master Plan, it may move from individual statues like the birds frolicking outside the First Street Safeway, left, to a more cohesive art strategy.

The Los Altos Public Arts Commission has dubbed next week “Workshop Week” as members gather public input for developing a Public Art Master Plan.

A Public Art Vision Workshop is scheduled 5:30 p.m. Monday at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave. A “smART Planning” conversation on art, place and innovation will follow 6 p.m. May 24 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

Last of legal challenges to MV rent control end

Special to the town crier
After years of steady rent increases, some Mountain View renters may see decreases, as shown in the bill comparisons above, due to a rollback provision under Measure V.

The last remaining legal challenge to a controversial Mountain View rent control law ended last week, and the city continued to push forward with the law’s implementation.

Mountain View City Attorney Jannie Quinn last week confirmed that a group of plaintiffs ended their challenge to Measure V May 10, on the heels of the California Apartment Association’s (CAA) announcement ending its legal challenge.

The home stretch

Despite the fervent wish of Mayor Mary Prochnow and a May 9 meeting that lasted more than five hours, the city of Los Altos has not adopted any new ordinances to support affordable housing.

Councilmembers offered feedback on reports identifying affordable housing opportunities and a development linkage fee to create an affordable housing fund, and will vote on a “granny unit” ordinance at their next meeting, scheduled Tuesday.

'Dig-ins' prompt PG&E to stress importance of calling 811

PG&E’s “Call 811” campaign to mark underground utility lines seems to be ubiquitous, but it still manages to fall on some deaf ears.

In Los Altos, a contractor working at a home on Del Monte Avenue hit a half-inch copper pipe that provided gas service to the residence. The March 7 incident, often referred to as a “dig-in,” occurred at approximately 3 p.m., but it wasn’t reported until early the following morning.

Full house? Los Altos City Council looks to expand affordable options

The city of Los Altos is prioritizing affordable housing in 2017, beginning with an examination of where less-expensive homes could be constructed.

The agenda for Tuesday’s Los Altos City Council meeting, scheduled after the Town Crier’s press deadline, included exploring loosening restrictions for “granny units” and a multipart discussion on affordable housing opportunities.

LAH tree protections could extend beyond oaks

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Contractors work Thursday at a Burke Road property recently cleared of mature trees to make room for a 6,000-square-foot home, a pool and a secondary dwelling unit. An expanded Los Altos Hills tree ordinance could make it more difficult for developers to clear properties of mature specimens.

It’s a sign of the times: tract after tract of Los Altos Hills land cleared of mature trees to make room for the next new estate.

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