Survey: Downtown vibrancy, affordable housing top concerns

A majority of Los Altos residents favor a vibrant downtown and consider affordable housing an even more important issue than traffic, a recent formal polling of residents revealed.

The city of Los Altos-initiated “community survey,” conducted by professional surveyors Godbe Research, also reported that residents gave high marks (“very satisfied”) to police services and garbage collection and recycling.

Parent, students weigh in on proposed Hillview teen center

Last week’s vote by the Los Altos City Council ensured that teens will have a space in the new Hillview Community Center, an element that wasn’t included in the early stages of planning.

After an outpouring of community support, the Hillview Community Center Project Task Force added a teen center to the proposal the council approved Jan. 9 as part of the $34.7 million budget to revamp Hillview.

More retail could go office at 400 Main St.

Los Altos parking
Madison Ivy / Town Crier Intern
Drivers search for parking in downtown Los Altos last week. Los Altos Planning Commissioners weighed changes to the city’s parking regulations at their Jan. 4 meeting and will revisit the topic again at their Feb. 15 meeting.

Los Altos Planning Commission members are scheduled to consider approval Thursday of a second ground-floor space at 400 Main St. that would allow office space in place of retail.

In a move to combat the trend of declining retail space nationwide, commissioners are set to review a conditional-use permit that would enable Keller Williams Real Estate to occupy the 3,000-square-foot retail space previously occupied by Pharmaca, which closed its doors last year.

Mora Drive housing project languishes in Los Altos Hills

Linebarger meeting
Megan V. Winslow / Town Crier
Los Altos Hills residents at Thursday’s Planning Commission meeting review the masses of paperwork describing the history of developer Forrest Linebarger’s Mora Drive housing projects.

There have been 15 design variations of Forrest Linebarger’s Mora Drive housing projects, and Thursday night’s Los Altos Hills Planning Commission meeting left little question there will be plenty more before town officials are willing to approve his plans.

“I thought we might have it this time, but I see we’re still far away,” the developer said.

Split decision reached on Hillview rebuild

The Los Altos City Council last week agreed to stick with a $34.7 million budget for rebuilding Hillview Community Center.

In a split 3-2 vote, the council Jan. 9 rejected the city staff recommendation of $30 million for the 24,500-square-foot project. In a 10-year financial forecast, staff predicted that the city would have to take on debt if the budget totaled $34.7 million.

Siegel takes reins as MV mayor


Lenny Siegel was scheduled to be appointed the next mayor of Mountain View at Tuesday’s city council meeting. The meeting occurred after the Town Crier’s Monday press deadline.

Siegel succeeds Ken Rosenberg as mayor.

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