Staff, residents' pleas swing Hillview vote


Rendering Courtesy of City of Los Altos
A rendering presented at the Los Altos City Council meeting last week shows the final design for the 24,500-square-foot center, planned by the Berkeley-based firm Noll & Tam Architects.

After considering input from nearly two dozen residents, the Los Altos City Council at its March 12 meeting unanimously directed city staff and project architects to continue with the current schedule for the overhaul of Hillview Community Center.

Four public meetings set to address Los Altos funding storm drain initiative

The city of Los Altos has organized four public meetings to provide additional opportunities for local residents to offer input on funding the proposed Clean Water and Sustainable Storm Drainage Initiative.

Hourlong meetings are scheduled:

Quality-of-life gripes mount among lower-income MV residents

As Mountain View City Council members set about articulating goals and projects for the years ahead, a large contingent of less-affluent residents attended a Feb. 28 study session to remind them: Don’t forget about us.

Addressing one overarching goal of aiding “vulnerable” citizens, resident after resident – some needing translators – cited a range of hardships, from being evicted to living in fear of deportation. The meeting came a few days after a reported U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid in the Castro neighborhood.

Parties agree to push back trial date in discrimination lawsuit against Los Altos

A Los Altos resident who filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the city of Los Altos will get his day in court, but not this year.

Plaintiff Satish Ramachandran and the city’s attorneys last week agreed to push back the five-day jury trial from September to January, according to the Public Access to Court Electronic Records.

Residents fear Mtn. View going to 'pot' under new law


Screenshot from Mountain View City Council broadcast
A Mountain View High School parent warns city council members about the dangers of marijuana access during last week’s lengthy council meeting on the city’s cannabis ordinance.

In a repeat of last October, more than 100 residents lined up to speak at the Mountain View City Council meeting last week, mostly in protest of an ordinance allowing retail cannabis sales.

Speakers seemed to be most concerned with the prospect of a cannabis retailer setting up shop downtown on Castro Street. Several parents at the March 5 council gathering pointed to such stores’ negative influence on their impressionable children.

Los Altos council meeting flows from plea to a plea for action

Five hours after Mayor Lynette Lee Eng tapped her gavel to signify the start of last week’s Los Altos City council meeting, she and her council colleagues decided to take only public comments on the final agenda item and weigh in at the next regularly scheduled meeting.

The five councilwomen discussed several issues at length Feb. 26, with local residents chiming in on three items in particular: the council’s process for disciplining or removing a city commissioner; a request that the Valley Transportation Authority provide additional bus routes for students; and an update on work conducted by the North County Library Authority Redevelopment Task Force.


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