Survey: No love for cannabis sales in LA

Advocates for local marijuana legalization might want to take note of a survey open through the end of the week in Los Altos – thus far, detractors appear to be carrying the day.

The Los Altos City Council wants to gauge resident support for allowing commercial marijuana businesses in Los Altos, ranging from delivery services to brick-and-mortar establishments. Both are currently banned. If the city chooses to lift that ban, it would need both to draft a new ordinance and to decide on whether, and how, to tax commercial sales.

Mtn. View moving toward more taxes on cannabis sales, business licenses

Flush with tax revenues from the flood of development in recent years, the city of Mountain View has a budget surplus this year and a projected one for 2019. It’s what happens after that, however, that has driven city officials to seek additional revenue sources.

As a result, voters in the Nov. 6 election could see ballot measures for taxes on cannabis sales and, perhaps more controversial, significant increases in business-license fees. The Mountain View City Council June 5 took major steps in that direction, opting to move the proposals forward. The council could finalize the items for the ballot by June 26, though city leaders have until Aug. 10 to qualify for the Nov. 6 ballot.

Sorensens' 3-story building plan returns to Planning Commission

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Ted and Jerry Sorensen’s project at 40 Main St. includes a tower element.

Ted and Jerry Sorensen’s quest for a three-story downtown office building continues Thursday when the Los Altos Planning Commission is scheduled to consider plans that require variances to city limits on building height and parking.

Up for consideration are approvals of a design review, a use permit and an “exception for public benefit request” for the proposed 16,619-square-foot building at 40 Main St., near the north gateway to downtown. The proposed structure would stand 38 feet high and include a 45-foot-high tower element.

'Vision' for downtown LA nears finalization

It’s been more than a year since city of Los Altos officials kicked off the Downtown Vision project, and after a council meeting last month, that vision may soon be in sight.

Consultants from RRM Design Group, the company tasked with gathering feedback from residents and turning it into a future for Los Altos, presented their plan to the council at its May 22 meeting.

Los Altos Hills council weighs additions to scrutinized advisory committee rules

The Los Altos Hills City Council at its June 21 meeting will consider adopting new advisory committee rules, the current absence of which one local land-use attorney recently described as holding the town to a “lower standard” compared to neighboring communities.

New edits to the town’s Standing Committee Resolution are expected to include limiting residents’ membership to some committees and requiring annual training of committee chairs. To help eliminate bias and promote transparency, council members may also direct staff to add a question to committee membership applications pertaining to potential conflicts of interest and to create an online feedback process through which residents may submit comments and concerns about committee actions.

LA council orders report on Protect Our Parks initiative

The highly debated and widely circulated Protect Our Parks and Public Lands Initiative made its way to center stage at last week’s Los Altos City Council meeting.

Because the initiative petition garnered the required number of signatures, the council was forced either to adopt it outright, submit it for inclusion on the Nov. 6 ballot or order a report that could include anything from fiscal impact to its effect on the use of land. The council moved to order the report.

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