LAH crafts 'map' on road to improved governance

A path Los Altos Hills officials embarked on late last year to obtain a more polished form of governance now has a map to guide the way. A new subcommittee report proposes the town implement new ideas including a gradually expanded town staff and new ways to support – and not eliminate – volunteer-run committees.

The report, to be reviewed at tonight’s specially scheduled council meeting, is the latest development in a process that began in December, when Councilman Gary Waldeck assumed the mayorship and advocated a 360-degree town analysis by an unbiased, third-party contractor.

City traffic cameras count cars at 7 possible stop-sign locations

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The city of Los Altos is evaluating traffic data captured with camera poles this month to assess the need for stop signs on Main and State streets.

The city of Los Altos implemented a stop-sign policy six months ago in response to residents’ requests for new signs, and the first round of candidates entered the vetting process this month.

Portable camera poles padlocked to signs and utility poles surveilled seven intersections in or near downtown, recording traffic flow – and providing a tip-off to passersby that a new project was underway.

LA council passes density bonus

The Los Altos City Council last week passed a motion to approve both the density-bonus ordinance and the central thoroughfare zone amendments.

The Sept. 26 agenda items were continued from the previous council meeting after the four councilmembers present were unable to reach a decision – especially with the absence of Councilman Jean Mordo.

LA council boosts budget for community center, tasks architect with space increase

The Los Altos City Council last week agreed to pour more money into rebuilding Hillview Community Center.

At its Sept. 26 joint meeting with the Hillview Community Center Project Task Force, the council allocated an additional $7.7 million to the project, bringing the budget to $34.7 million.

First Street park plan moves forward after contentious meeting

UPDATE: The city's Planning and Transportation Commission is tentatively scheduled to review Los Altos Community Investments' office building and park proposals at its Nov. 2 meeting.

A proposed park plaza for First Street in downtown Los Altos continues to move through the city pipeline, despite some concerns that the plans are being rushed through the process.

The city’s Parks and Recreation Commission at its Sept. 13 meeting recommended moving park plans forward with several conditions. However, the agenda item nearly did not reach the discussion stage. Three of the seven commissioners were behind a motion to remove the plaza from the meeting agenda. They reasoned that discussion about a park was premature because a decision had not yet been made on whether the city would yield the current site, the 67-space Plaza 7 parking lot, to allow for the park.

Los Altos Hills council pursues new approach to short-term rental rules

Although the short-term rental regulations the Los Altos Hills City Council considered last week cost countless hours to craft and multiple meetings to massage, no one at Thursday’s council meeting seemed fully satisfied with the results.

Residents advocated for both looser and more stringent rules – or the outlawing of Airbnb-type enterprise altogether – and some even heckled a councilman as he questioned the feasibility of requiring hosts to remain on-site during rentals.

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