Survey shows Los Altos residents support fenced-in dog park and off-leash hours

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A resident walks her dog in downtown Los Altos. A recent online survey conducted by the city shows support for a dog park and off-leash hours at other parks.

Los Altos residents are generally in favor of a fenced-in dog park and off-leash hours at city parks, based on the results of an online poll conducted by the city that concluded last week.

With 379 respondents weighing in, Lincoln Park received the most votes as the preferred site for a fenced-in dog park, followed by Grant and Shoup parks. There are currently 11 city-owned parks/nature preserves in Los Altos.

Mtn. View continues outreach to RV dwellers

RVs on Crisanto Avenue
Megan V. Winslow / Los Altos Town Crier
Despite calls for stricter enforcement of RVs parked along streets like Crisanto Avenue and Shoreline Boulevard, the Mountain View City Council opted for a wait-and-see approach last week while providing funds for a safe-parking program.

Mountain View will not ban people from living in parked vehicles, despite rising pressure to do so.

Instead, the city council last week granted police greater discretion in issuing fines and ordering vehicles towed.

Mountain View hires new city clerk

The city of Mountain View hired Lisa Natusch as its new city clerk. She will assume the position March 26.

Natusch replaces former City Clerk Lorrie Brewer, who retired in December. She has 16 years of municipal experience, including nine years as deputy city clerk for the city of Sunnyvale, following three years in the city manager’s office.

MV increasing affordable housing requirement -- Los Altos may follow

It was a law that flew under the radar for most residents. But the passage of state Assembly Bill 1505, effective Jan. 1, allows cities such as Los Altos and Mountain View to re-establish requirements for developers to provide affordable housing.

Reacting to the new law, Mountain View City Council members Feb. 13 approved amendments to the city’s below-market-rate (BMR) housing program to, among other changes, increase the previous 10 percent minimum requirement on rental projects to 15 percent comprising affordable housing.

LAH council picks priorities to roadmap town's future

Goal-setting votes
Grace Hase/ Town Crier Staff
At a Feb. 23 goal-setting workshop, Los Altos Hills councilmembers set out and voted for their priorities for upcoming years, seen above. All five members voted that maintaining public safety was of the utmost prioritiy for Los Altos Hills

When it comes to ranking goals for Los Altos Hills, maintaining public safety is city council members’ top priority. That proposed area of focus received all five council members’ votes, the only one to do so at a Feb. 23 goal-setting workshop.

Voting by each affixing six colored-dot stickers to presentation board paper, council members ranked “employee value proposition,” “pathways” and “road maintenance” next in importance (three votes each), followed by “community engagement,” “code enforcement,” “effectiveness and transparency of advisory committees,” “facility and space needs assessment” and “sanitary sewer system district oversight” (two votes each).

Los Altos makes changes to 'granny unit' law

More accessory structures and dwelling units could be popping up in Los Altos after the city council amended regulations last week, an effort aimed at easing the housing crunch.

An accessory structure is a nonlivable structure such as a pool house, shed or enclosed patio, while an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) – often referred to as a “granny unit” – is a backyard apartment someone physically inhabits. The amendments were brought before the council at its Feb. 27 meeting in part to comply with new state legislation.

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