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Analysis set to explore woes with development process in LAH

Got a beef with a particular aspect of Los Altos Hills government?

Town residents will soon have the opportunity to share their most gnawing gripes as officials proceed with a $44,000 contracted analysis of operations.


Rent control law gains supporters as battle wages


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The proposed design for the new Google campus on Shoreline Boulevard in Mountain View features a futuristic canopy roof.

The co-signers of a Mountain View rent control measure have joined the fight to preserve the voter-approved law under a legal challenge from a statewide group representing landlords.

Residents Joan MacDonald and Steve Chandler, who signed the original petition to put Measure V on the Nov. 8 ballot, will partner with Linda Williams and groups Urban Habitat and Faith in Action Bay Area to battle efforts to render the rent control initiative invalid. Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge William J. Elfving last week granted their request to intervene in the suit.

LAH officials consider license plate surveillance


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Los Altos Hills is exploring the use of automated license plate recognition devices to deter crime. The Los Altos Police Department began using them in August 2013.

As far as crime goes, 2014 proved a banner year for Los Altos Hills with 46 burglaries on record. In 2015, that number dropped to 15, and 2016 brought 29. But residents’ concerns about the potential threat have prompted officials to consider investing in fixed automated license plate readers (ALPRs) at key entry and exit routes within town.

“Some residents have indicated that license plate reader cameras would be welcomed,” City Manager Carl Cahill wrote in his March town hall report. “However, there doesn’t appear to be any research available at this time that correlates reductions in residential burglaries with the installation of fixed automated license plate readers.”

Assessor's Office offers flood relief

Another round of heavy rains has soaked many parts of Santa Clara County and may have caused damage to properties due to flooding. County Assessor Larry Stone advises homeowners whose property sustained damage during the recent flooding that property-tax relief is available.

Stone said he “strongly encourages” all property owners who suffered flood damage to call (408) 299-5500 or visit the Assessor’s website at sccassessor.org to learn about the Calamity Property Tax Relief program and download the claim form.

City administrator says time to spend is now


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City officials argue that increased spending would not only preclude the use of tarps like the one on city hall’s roof, but also help Los Altos maintain value and attract staff.

Hired in late 2016, Los Altos’ new administrative services director told city councilmembers last month that they should seize the opportunity to rebuild the city.

“The time is now,” Sharif Etman said at the Feb. 28 council meeting. “If you don’t spend this money, year over year, you are actually losing value. That is an important point.”


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