Whipple fund fight finally concludes


Illustration by Mary Burkhardt
This portrait of Virginia Whipple hangs in the Los Altos main library.

The tug-of-war for the late Virginia Whipple’s money is over.

After months of uncertainty, members of the Santa Clara County Library District Joint Powers Authority (JPA) finally settled the matter of control by voting unanimously Oct. 27 to transfer approximately $1.5 million of the library patron’s bequest to the Los Altos Library Endowment. The funds will offset the cost of future construction to replace or renovate the San Antonio Road library facility.

City lowers height limit on downtown buildings


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Newer buildings on State and First streets, above, adhere to the city’s previous 45-foot downtown height limit. The council voted to enact a new height limit of 30 feet for downtown buildings.

The Los Altos City Council narrowly approved an ordinance that would lower the height limit for new buildings downtown from 45 to 30 feet in a vote taken after midnight at the Oct. 25 council meeting.

The ordinance passed 3-2, with Mayor Jeannie Bruins and Councilman Jean Mordo dissenting.

Los Altos residents give full-throated support to quiet skies

Nearly 50 residents attended the Oct. 25 Los Altos City Council meeting to offer public comment on a letter stating the city’s position on overhead flight patterns. Mayor Jeannie Bruins directed people to wait outside to avoid creating a fire hazard in the decades-old council chambers.

The council unanimously approved a draft letter supporting the DAVYJ flight path – after more than two hours of public comment.

LAH council rejects orchard update, fire risk map

Thursday’s Los Altos Hills City Council meeting proved exhaustive, nearly reaching the five-hour mark with long-mulled topics such as the multipurpose building proposal and short-term rentals making brief appearances.

Following is a summary of some of the evening’s most prominent decisions.

City tree inventory will gauge green health


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The Public Works Department is conducting a citywide tree inventory that will record the age, health and type of every tree on public land in Los Altos.

Los Altos expects to complete the first citywide tree inventory in its history by the end of next year. City officials said the inventory will give them a better idea of Los Altos’ arboreal assets and their health as the Bay Area deals with a historic drought.

“This is an important part of any urban forest management,” said Susanna Chan, the city’s director of public works. “We will have a comprehensive database showing the location, size and height of every tree in Los Altos.”

MVLA officials continue to discuss facilities needs

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees received a report on the status of district facilities last week.

The district is currently developing a facilities master plan after anticipating a 14.6 percent increase in enrollment over the next six years.


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