"Green" office project clears latest hurdle

The color green made a triumphant return to the Los Altos council chambers Thursday as the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission voted to recommend the approval of the First Street Green’s commercial design review application to the Planning and Transportation Commission.

Representatives of Los Altos Community Investments and the development firm Sares Regis Group were decked out in the color – some head to toe – to show their support for the project.

New Hillview Community Center enters design phase

The new Hillview Community Center has officially entered the design phase.

The Los Altos City Council voted 4-1 at last week’s meeting to authorize City Manager Chris Jordan to sign a design agreement with Noll & Tam Architects.

Crime trending downward in LAH

A January 2016 article rated Los Altos Hills as the fourth most-boring city in the state. RoadSnacks.net meant the ranking as a gentle jab, but town officials embraced the distinction as a badge of honor; they prefer to keep their sleepy suburban town sleepy.

A recently released law enforcement report seems to suggest the snoozefest continues – at least when it comes to crime.

Downtown visioning scenarios lack vision, critics say

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An early visioning plan reveals a pedestrian crossing linking downtown Los Altos with the city’s civic center.

After months of collecting community feedback, RRM Design Group presented three scenarios for the Downtown Vision project at last week’s Los Altos City Council meeting. However, the scenarios seemed to be lacking a critical attribute: vision.

The goal of the Downtown Vision project, which kicked off in April, is to revitalize downtown Los Altos. Consultants from RRM Design Group attended the Aug. 22 meeting to seek direction from the council before analyzing the economic feasibility of certain aspects of the project.

PTC sends density-bonus ordinance to council

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The Los Altos Planning and Transportation Commission sent a density-bonus ordinance to the city council last week, despite concerns from residents that the ordinance could permit construction of buildings that exceed city height limits, like the proposed complex at 4880 El Camino Real, above.

Furrowed brows and perplexed looks over the term “density bonus” seemed to be the theme of Thursday’s Los Altos Planning and Transportation Commission meeting.

At one point, Commissioner Alex Samek stumbled through a hypothetical structure-height situation, struggling to do the math without a calculator in hand.

LAH council: Volunteers, subdivision and Waze make waves

Yep, the wounds inflicted by that consultant’s report are still raw.

Public speakers at Thursday’s Los Altos Hills City Council meeting said as much during discussion to redefine term limits and appointments for the volunteer-run town committees a San Jose consultant recently described as overpopulated and taxing of city staff time.

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