New mayor, members take seats on MV council

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New Mountain View City Council members Lucas Ramirez, from left, Ellen Kamei and Alison Hicks take the oath of office Jan. 8.

Last week’s Mountain View City Council meeting marked a major changing of the guard – three newly elected members on the seven-member board were sworn in, while the new council appointed a new mayor and vice mayor. 

LA residents tell staff, council what's watt

Before the Los Altos City Council addressed agenda items or even approved anything on its consent calendar Jan. 8, a rousing public comment period brought an impending issue to light.

Housing on the brain: Los Altos council weighs exemptions to story-pole policy, park in-lieu fee

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Workers remove story poles from Ted and Jerry Sorensen’s three- story office building project at 40 Main St. Dec. 7. Developer Jeff Warmoth requested exemptions to Los Altos’ story-pole policy.

With a full agenda, the Los Altos City Council Jan. 8 spent nearly four hours discussing pressing topics such as the city’s story-pole policy and its park in-lieu fee.

City surveying residents for council priorities

The city of Los Altos is surveying residents to determine what they consider top priorities for the city council to adopt in 2019.

Each year, the council discusses and decides on priorities at its council retreat. A council priority is defined as a topic that will receive particular, unusual and significant attention during the year. Priorities for 2018 included:

Los Altos Hills changing-of-the-guard ceremony fraught with friction

George and Stephanie Tyson
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Newly elected Los Altos Hills City Councilman George Tyson, left, takes the oath of office Dec. 13 as his wife of 39 years, Stephanie, beams.

Los Altos Hills’ final city council meeting of the year – at first a jovial parade of presents and proclamations for outgoing members John Radford and Gary Waldeck – took an awkward turn Dec. 13 as two remaining figures on the dais scrapped for the vice mayorship.

Councilwoman Michelle Wu ultimately secured the title with four of five votes, including one from challenger Courtenay C. Corrigan, but the conflict exposed a rift between the two council members.

Cities brace for proposed housing legislation

Los Altos and Los Altos Hills leaders are publicly expressing fears over the way the CASA Housing Compact, a proposal presented at the Dec. 3 Metropolitan Transportation Commission meeting, could negatively impact city government decisions.

Convened by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments, the CASA committee’s Housing Compact aims to urge leaders from diverse communities to reach consensus and provide solutions to the jobs-housing imbalance.

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