In-laws incoming?

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The Los Altos Planning and Transportation Commission suggested easing restrictions on accessory dwelling units.

The number of homeowners eligible to rent granny units in Los Altos would nearly triple under rules the Planning and Transportation Commission recommended to the city council at Thursday’s meeting.

The proposed rules would lower existing lot-size requirements, which ban nearly 5,000 single-family properties from having what the city now describes as “accessory dwelling units.”

MV rent control goes live

Rent control is officially in effect in Mountain View, thanks to a judge’s decision last week dismissing challenges to the controversial ballot measure.

Opponents, however, said the ruling is a minor setback, and that they would continue to fight rent control in court.

Mayor: Mtn. View meeting its growth challenges

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Mountain View Mayor Ken Rosenberg covers a wide range of city issues during a March 29 state of the city address sponsored by Chamber of Commerce Mountain View.

Multi-story housing along El Camino Real and Google Inc.’s dominance in the North Bayshore area are among many factors prompting Mayor Ken Rosenberg to declare: “Mountain View is fully housed and fully employed.”

Summer park will pop up between Main & State

The city of Los Altos this summer will place its pop-up park on Third Street between Main and State streets – just as the Los Altos Village Association suggested at a city council meeting last month.

Pop-up Park
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The stretch of Third Street between State and Main streets will be converted into a pop-up park this summer.

The 14,000-square-foot temporary park received approval from the police, city engineering and waste management before being placed on a future council agenda.

City puts brakes on speed limit increase

Crescendos of applause followed remarks by several local residents who spoke out against increased speed limits on collector streets at the March 28 Los Altos City Council meeting.

An Engineering and Traffic survey recommended raising the speed limit from 25 to 30 mph on Cuesta Drive as a one-year test to determine whether a higher speed limit would lead to slower speeds overall.

From services to scams, seminar aims to keep seniors safe

Sarah Robustelli has experienced her share of senior scams – not as a targeted victim, but as an unwilling pawn.

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Gina Cali of the Santa Clara County Fire Department describes free CPR/AED classes during a senior safety seminar at Los Altos Hills Town Hall Thursday.

“My grandmother would do anything for me, and she happened to wire money to get me out of jail,” Robustelli said, and then, laughing, “I wasn’t in jail. I’d like to clear that up. But in a time of need, your mind goes to, ‘I want to help.’”

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