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MV council faces reality of rent control in budget discussion

Concern over reimbursement for costs from the rent control law dominated budget approval discussion at the June 20 Mountain View City Council meeting.

At issue is the cost of implementing of the Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Act, a charter amendment voters approved last November. The act calls for the creation of a five-member Rental Housing Committee to run the program. The rent control law, limiting rent increases to between 2 and 5 percent per year, took effect after legal challenges were dropped in April.

LAH officials explore incentives for preservation

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A bicyclist pedals past Frenchman’s Tower, a 19th-century irrigation structure Peter Coutts built for his cattle that now hides a rainbow of graffitied images within. The tower, located off Old Page Mill Road, is featured on a list of historical Los Altos Hills sites – though it’s technically located in Palo Alto.

With romantic brick battlements reminiscent of a medieval fortress, Frenchman’s Tower is a prime example of the type of structure Los Altos Hills’ General Plan Appendix A recognizes as an important historical resource of the town. Technically, however, it’s located in Palo Alto, city councilmembers learned at their June 15 meeting.

“What we have currently in Appendix A is, to put it mildly, complete rubbish,” said Jitze Couperus, History Committee member. “We list properties that are not even in Los Altos Hills.”

Dog and skate park gaining momentum

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Mountain View’s Rengstorff Skatepark, left, provides a template for what could go in Los Altos’ Lincoln Park. Catherine Stansbury, below, who grew up in Los Altos Hills, wants a dog park at Lincoln for pet-loving residents.

Multiple petitions and an unofficial newspaper poll reveal that Los Altos residents are warming to the idea of a combination dog and skate park in Lincoln Park.

Reviving a proposal from 2012, Skateworks owner Jason Strubing is advocating construction of a skate park at the southern end of Lincoln Park, the 1.3-acre, city-owned slice of land that runs parallel to Foothill Expressway.

Group launches website to engage LASD community on land solutions

A group of Los Altos School District parents and community leaders have joined forces to advocate for exploring existing-land solutions to create a 10th school site for the district.

The group recently launched a website, Creative Facilities Solutions at creativefacilitiessolutions.org, to explore existing-land options in parallel with the district’s efforts to purchase a new school site.

LA councilwoman echoes former campaign manager's concerns


Councilwoman Lynette Lee Eng devoted extra attention to two items on the June 13 Los Altos City Council meeting agenda – the same issues her former campaign manager Roberta Phillips raised as a member of the public earlier in the meeting.

During the public comment portion of the council meeting, Phillips emphasized two issues: the Los Altos General Plan and street resurfacing.

Los Altos Hills volunteers lambast consultant's assessment

Courtesy of Management Partners
A “word cloud” from Management Partners’ supplemental report assessing the town operations of Los Altos Hills includes terms residents participating in a focus group selected to best describe their town.

Some incredulous snorting emanated from the back of the council chambers when Los Altos Hills Mayor Gary Waldeck summed up the $44,000 assessment councilmembers commissioned to evaluate town operations.

“In the end, I think it was a pretty good assessment,” went the offending summary.

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