MV council seeks feedback on cannabis

The Mountain View City Council is studying updates to city code to permit commercial cannabis activity.

The council is interested in allowing and regulating retail uses. The proposal to update the code is a response to California voters’ approval of Proposition 64 in 2016, which legalized adult-use cannabis in the state. Currently, both medicinal and adult-use commercial cannabis activities are illegal in Mountain View.

Q&A: How would a unique ZIP code affect delivery routes, safety in LAH?

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Los Altos Hills City Councilman Gary Waldeck hosts an informational session for residents Jan. 30 at town hall, an effort designed to drum up support for a dedicated ZIP code for the town.

In anticipation of a potential townwide survey to determine whether Los Altos Hills residents desire a unique ZIP code for their town, Councilman Gary Waldeck is drumming up support for the proposal by hosting free informational sessions.

The first such meeting took place Jan. 30 and attracted approximately 25 attendees who posed questions to Waldeck and Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Rich Urena. A second meeting is scheduled 6-8 p.m. Feb. 27 in the town council chambers, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

LAH council throttles proposed leaf-blower ban

One could almost feel sorry for the electric leaf blower – or at least the worker wielding it.

Los Altos Hills City Council members watched as the man in the video shuffled along the road, half-heartedly propelling puffs of debris. A second worker with a gas-powered blower suddenly enters the frame, and the machine’s deep hum absorbs the electric version’s high-pitched whine. The second man is purposeful in his movements, and he deftly shepherds a mini cyclone of leaves and dirt – everything the electric version missed – past the competition.

Survey: Downtown vibrancy, affordable housing top concerns

A majority of Los Altos residents favor a vibrant downtown and consider affordable housing an even more important issue than traffic, a recent formal polling of residents revealed.

The city of Los Altos-initiated “community survey,” conducted by professional surveyors Godbe Research, also reported that residents gave high marks (“very satisfied”) to police services and garbage collection and recycling.

Parent, students weigh in on proposed Hillview teen center

Last week’s vote by the Los Altos City Council ensured that teens will have a space in the new Hillview Community Center, an element that wasn’t included in the early stages of planning.

After an outpouring of community support, the Hillview Community Center Project Task Force added a teen center to the proposal the council approved Jan. 9 as part of the $34.7 million budget to revamp Hillview.

More retail could go office at 400 Main St.

Los Altos parking
Madison Ivy / Town Crier Intern
Drivers search for parking in downtown Los Altos last week. Los Altos Planning Commissioners weighed changes to the city’s parking regulations at their Jan. 4 meeting and will revisit the topic again at their Feb. 15 meeting.

Los Altos Planning Commission members are scheduled to consider approval Thursday of a second ground-floor space at 400 Main St. that would allow office space in place of retail.

In a move to combat the trend of declining retail space nationwide, commissioners are set to review a conditional-use permit that would enable Keller Williams Real Estate to occupy the 3,000-square-foot retail space previously occupied by Pharmaca, which closed its doors last year.

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