Corrigan apology includes proposed sanctions


Last week’s Los Altos Hills City Council meeting included an apology, but it was served with a side of reprimand for the former mayor.

“I am shocked at the behavior of our ex-mayor and believe the most recent violation of our code of conduct was his alone,” said Councilwoman Courtenay C. Corrigan, reading from a 752-word prepared statement.

LA council: Tempers flare over parking study

Disagreement over the validity of Citywide Parking Committee recommendations devolved into a public spat last week between a current Los Altos city councilman and a former one.

Councilman Jean Mordo angrily dismissed Ron Packard, who served on the council from 2003 to 2011, after Packard spoke up against how an outside consultant analyzed the parking committee’s recommendations.

LA seeks applicants for commissions

 

The Los Altos City Council is accepting applications for several city commissions and committees. The groups contribute knowledge and expertise that guide council decision-making, according to city officials.

Two positions are open on the Historical Commission, four on the Parks and Recreation Commission, one on the Planning and Transportation Commission, four on the Senior Commission and two on the Los Altos-Los Altos Hills Joint Community Volunteer Service Awards Committee.

Water district holds groundbreaking in Los Altos for Permanente Creek Flood Protection Project


The creek flood protection project includes construction of flood walls and creek channels, and a detention basin at Rancho San Antonio County Park, above, to protect neighboring properties.
 

Santa Clara Valley Water District leaders, along with public officials from Los Altos, Mountain View and Cupertino, gathered Jan. 20 at Los Altos City Hall for an indoor “groundbreaking” ceremony for the Permanente Creek Flood Protection Project.

Norma Camacho, interim water district CEO, took note of the rain outside to validate the need for such a project – 10.6 miles of work along the creek from the Mountain View baylands to Foothill Expressway in Los Altos.

Solicitors surrender to the Hills

All that hilly terrain and space between Los Altos Hills’ homes proved to be the town’s saving grace; a nonprofit organization that ignited a social media fervor has abandoned its attempts to solicit door-to-door within the notoriously circumspect community, as doing so was just too much work.

“The houses were too far away from each other,” said Sam Jazani, spokesman for the U.S. Foundation for Liberty and Human Rights.

UPDATED: MV to defend rent control initiative


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Measure V supporters passed a Mountain View rent control initiative in November that now faces a court challenge.

The Mountain View City Council agreed unanimously Tuesday night to defend Measure V, a voter-approved rent control initiative being challenged in court by a landlords' group.

The council emerged from the closed session portion of its Jan. 24 meeting directing City Attorney Jannie Quinn to answer the complaint filed last month by the California Apartment Association (CAA) and oppose its request for a preliminary injunction.

The decision is bound to allay some concerns among Measure V backers that the city might not defend the initiative – council members are on record fundamentally opposed to rent control. But members heard from numerous speakers at their Jan. 10 meeting urging them to "respect the will of the people."

Measure V, limiting annual rent increases to between 2 and 5 percent, passed in the Nov. 8 election. The CAA filed a temporary restraining order Dec. 21 to prevent the city from implementing the measure, which also calls for a five-member board to settle landlord-tenant disputes with binding arbitration.

The CAA must file a motion for a preliminary injunction by Feb. 3 to continue to freeze implementation of Measure V.

The Mountain View Tenants Coalition formed and lobbied for the rent control law in the wake of significant rent increases in the city over the past five years. Nearly 60 percent of Mountain View’s 75,000 residents are renters.

New council

Ken Rosenberg began his one-year stint as mayor of Mountain View at the council’s Jan. 10 meeting.

“It’s an honor to be Mountain View’s 67th mayor,” he said.

Siegel was appointed vice-mayor.

“We are still dealing with rent control, traffic and development issues, so those will likely be the big issues for another year,” Rosenberg told the Town Crier when asked about the city’s challenges.

He said he’d like to see “a stabilization in exodus from our city for those in the “naturally affordable” housing.

“I’d like to see people be able to get out of sleeping in their vehicles,” Rosenberg said. “And I’d like the process of community-wide human rights learning to begin in earnest.”

Lisa Matichak and Margaret Abe-Koga, who finished first and second, respectively, in the Nov. 8 election, also were sworn in. They replace Mike Kasperzak and John Inks, both of whom were termed-out after eight years of service. Councilmen Chris Clark and John McAlister were re-elected to the council.

Social Security office reopens

The Social Security Administration is scheduled to reopen its Mountain View office Feb. 1.

Located at 701 N. Shoreline Blvd. office hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays. The SSA temporarily closed its Mountain View office last February.

“I know firsthand how happy the citizens of Mountain View and its surroundings will be to hear of the new office,” said Mariaelena Lemus, SSA public affairs specialist. “For the past year, we have held two contact sites, one at the library on Wednesdays and another at the Senior Center on Thursdays. I have seen the need for a new office in this area. Getting to the nearest office, either in Campbell or Redwood City, is quite a challenge for most, and for some seniors it is virtually impossible.”

For more information, call (800) 772-1213 or visit socialsecurity.gov. Online services are available in Spanish at ssa.gov/espanol.

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