Last of legal challenges to MV rent control end

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After years of steady rent increases, some Mountain View renters may see decreases, as shown in the bill comparisons above, due to a rollback provision under Measure V.

The last remaining legal challenge to a controversial Mountain View rent control law ended last week, and the city continued to push forward with the law’s implementation.

Mountain View City Attorney Jannie Quinn last week confirmed that a group of plaintiffs ended their challenge to Measure V May 10, on the heels of the California Apartment Association’s (CAA) announcement ending its legal challenge.

The home stretch

Despite the fervent wish of Mayor Mary Prochnow and a May 9 meeting that lasted more than five hours, the city of Los Altos has not adopted any new ordinances to support affordable housing.

Councilmembers offered feedback on reports identifying affordable housing opportunities and a development linkage fee to create an affordable housing fund, and will vote on a “granny unit” ordinance at their next meeting, scheduled Tuesday.

'Dig-ins' prompt PG&E to stress importance of calling 811

PG&E’s “Call 811” campaign to mark underground utility lines seems to be ubiquitous, but it still manages to fall on some deaf ears.

In Los Altos, a contractor working at a home on Del Monte Avenue hit a half-inch copper pipe that provided gas service to the residence. The March 7 incident, often referred to as a “dig-in,” occurred at approximately 3 p.m., but it wasn’t reported until early the following morning.

Full house? Los Altos City Council looks to expand affordable options

The city of Los Altos is prioritizing affordable housing in 2017, beginning with an examination of where less-expensive homes could be constructed.

The agenda for Tuesday’s Los Altos City Council meeting, scheduled after the Town Crier’s press deadline, included exploring loosening restrictions for “granny units” and a multipart discussion on affordable housing opportunities.

LAH tree protections could extend beyond oaks

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Contractors work Thursday at a Burke Road property recently cleared of mature trees to make room for a 6,000-square-foot home, a pool and a secondary dwelling unit. An expanded Los Altos Hills tree ordinance could make it more difficult for developers to clear properties of mature specimens.

It’s a sign of the times: tract after tract of Los Altos Hills land cleared of mature trees to make room for the next new estate.

Developers attract 'Green' boosters to city study session

Courtesy of Sares-Regis Group
A resident speaks to the Los Altos City Council and the Planning and Transportation Commission about the new office development on First Street. The project, which may be three stories tall, drew dozens of speakers at the May 4 meeting.

It wasn’t St. Patrick’s Day, but last Thursday’s study session on a high-profile three-story office building and park proposal in downtown Los Altos took on a decidedly green theme.

Dozens of Los Altos residents crowded the city council chambers at the May 4 Los Altos Planning and Transportation Commission meeting wearing shades of green. It was part of a coordinated effort by developer Los Altos Community Investments to encourage support for the 77,000-square-foot project dubbed the First Street Green.

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