Marijuana regulations taking shape in MV, LA

Marijuana regulations are beginning to take shape in Mountain View and Los Altos that will replace the temporary, blanket bans on retail sales that both cities instituted when California began issuing cannabis retail licenses in January.

A report on the legal framework for cannabis regulation is anticipated at Tuesday’s Los Altos City Council meeting. The Mountain View City Council is slated to meet the same night to review recommendations from Mountain View’s Environmental Planning Commission. Its directions to staff provide guidance on a commercial cannabis policy that could begin issuing retail licenses later this year.

County funds renovation of tank house

Spagnoli Tank House
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The Spagnoli Tank House is set to undergo a face-lift.

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously last month to fund the renovation and rehabilitation of the 101-year-old Spagnoli Tank House at the Los Altos History Museum.

“Our Valley rightfully takes pride in its 21st-century role as a technology and thought leader, but there’s a history here we would do well to remember and learn from,” Supervisor Joe Simitian said. “It’s just so important that we protect these pieces of our history for future genera- tions.”

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.

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