Los Altos' expanded smoking ban goes into effect

Ashtray removal
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City of Los Altos workers Matthew Grimes, left, and Colleen Rogan remove an ashtray receptacle downtown Thursday in the wake of the city’s new widespread smoking ban.

Anyone planning to take a cigarette break anywhere in public in Los Altos may now be in violation of the law.

A newly adopted Los Altos ordinance designed to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke by expanding smoke-free environments took effect April 27. The city council adopted the ordinance at its March 27 meeting.

Council kills kitchen upgrade at Grant Park

It’s possible that not even Gordon Ramsay could have saved the Grant Park kitchen project from going up in smoke at last week’s Los Altos City Council meeting.

The council voted 4-1, with Councilwoman Lynette Lee Eng dissenting, to abandon the renovation project after costs skyrocketed.

Los Altos' public arts master plan all but dead; ad hoc group forwards new tactical approach

Downtown Green
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The Los Altos Public Arts Commission’s ad hoc committee developed a tactical plan that includes a big-ticket item – a mural painted by an artist on the Downtown Green, above. The artist would paint during busy times, and the mural would be revealed at summer’s end.

The $50,000 the Los Altos City Council allocated for the Public Art Master Plan last year officially swirled down the drain at this month’s Public Arts Commission meeting.

The commission’s ad hoc committee, formed last month to modify the plan, presented a first draft of a completely overhauled tactical plan to fellow commissioners.

Children's Corner on hold at Hillview

The lease to secure Children’s Corner’s spot at the new Hillview Community Center is heading back to the drawing board yet again after the Los Altos City Council and the preschool’s board of directors couldn’t reach an agreement at last week’s council meeting.

Mtn. View landlords launch proposal for rent control cuts

Measure V, Mountain View’s polarizing rent control policy, may soon undergo an overhaul if a coalition of local landlords has its way.

Representatives of Measure V Too Costly filed The Mountain View Homeowner, Renter and Taxpayer Protection Initiative Friday, an effort to modify Measure V provisions they claim are overly restrictive and merely serve to subsidize housing for the wealthy at the expense of those in need. Within 15 days, the city attorney will draft a summary of the proposal, and proponents must collect at least 5,500 signatures – 15 percent of registered Mountain View voters – to earn the initiative a spot on the November ballot. It would require a majority vote to pass.

Residents join with city to make street less of a 'Diamond' in the rough

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Pervasive potholes on Diamond Court in Los Altos require maintenance, but the street is privately owned and the owner’s whereabouts are unknown. The city is working with residents of the street to assume ownership and split the estimated $200,000 cost of repaving.

Robert Diamond’s whereabouts may be unknown, but his namesake street, Diamond Court, lives on, posing a crater of a problem for residents who drive on its pothole-ridden surface.

The Diamond-in-the-rough conditions may change soon, however, after the Los Altos City Council voted last week to initiate the process of making the private road a city-owned street.

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