Town hall expansion plan plods forward

Heritage House
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Some residents who attended the Jan. 22 Los Altos Hills Planning Commission study session about a potential town hall remodel advocated for the preservation of the Heritage House, above, a 1908 home moved to town from Los Altos in 1985.

Last week’s temperature check on the proposed Los Altos Hills Town Hall expansion yielded warm approval from the Planning Commission for certain components and tepid reception for others.

Commissioners at their Jan. 22 study session – the second in the project’s review process – agreed on the merits of enclosing the 492-square-foot covered patio behind the council chambers for meetings, adding 1,472 square feet of staff room and restrooms and reconfiguring the town hall driveway.

Los Altos Planning Commission, council part ways on story-pole policy, cannabis-use regulation

Courtesy of Mircea Voskerician
A story pole from the Altos One project at 4846/4856 El Camino Real fell through the roof of a neighboring business Dec. 1. The accident occurred after Altos One developer Mircea Voskerician’s request for a story-pole exemption was denied.

Members of the Los Altos Planning Commission who attended Thursday’s meeting, just enough to meet a quorum, came to the realization that their beliefs diverged wildly from the Los Altos City Council’s on at least two fronts: story poles and regulation of recreational cannabis use.

Commissioners Alexander Samek, Doo Ho Lee and Kimberly Mosley were absent, leaving Phoebe Bressack, Sally Meadows, Ronit Bodner and Mehruss Ahi to do the heavy lifting.

New mayor, members take seats on MV council

John Norikane / City of Mountain View
New Mountain View City Council members Lucas Ramirez, from left, Ellen Kamei and Alison Hicks take the oath of office Jan. 8.

Last week’s Mountain View City Council meeting marked a major changing of the guard – three newly elected members on the seven-member board were sworn in, while the new council appointed a new mayor and vice mayor. 

LA residents tell staff, council what's watt

Before the Los Altos City Council addressed agenda items or even approved anything on its consent calendar Jan. 8, a rousing public comment period brought an impending issue to light.

Housing on the brain: Los Altos council weighs exemptions to story-pole policy, park in-lieu fee

Story poles
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Workers remove story poles from Ted and Jerry Sorensen’s three- story office building project at 40 Main St. Dec. 7. Developer Jeff Warmoth requested exemptions to Los Altos’ story-pole policy.

With a full agenda, the Los Altos City Council Jan. 8 spent nearly four hours discussing pressing topics such as the city’s story-pole policy and its park in-lieu fee.

City surveying residents for council priorities

The city of Los Altos is surveying residents to determine what they consider top priorities for the city council to adopt in 2019.

Each year, the council discusses and decides on priorities at its council retreat. A council priority is defined as a topic that will receive particular, unusual and significant attention during the year. Priorities for 2018 included:

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