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After long fight, LAH residents gain "public" distinction

Deer Springs Way resident Colin Knight fought for years to have his road officially accepted into Los Altos Hills’ public street system.

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Residents of Byrne Park Lane in Los Altos Hills lobbied town officials for years to reclassify their street from private to public.

He attended nearly every council meeting on the subject and even wrote several letters to the editor of the Town Crier to explain how clerical errors robbed his road and others like it of town-provided maintenance and Comcast internet service.

Do you know the way? New wayfinding signs help navigate Los Altos

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New green wayfinding signs seek to provide a uniform guide to accessing Los Altos’ commercial districts.

What if all of Los Altos spoke with one voice, from Highway 85 to Adobe Creek?

Los Altos residents can begin to see that vision with a new wayfinding program the city rolled out this spring. Produced by VKK Signmakers Inc., the green signs with orange and white details will gradually replace the hodgepodge of older wood signs around the city.

Workshops will help city create public art plan

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As the city of Los Altos crafts a Public Art Master Plan, it may move from individual statues like the birds frolicking outside the First Street Safeway, left, to a more cohesive art strategy.

The Los Altos Public Arts Commission has dubbed next week “Workshop Week” as members gather public input for developing a Public Art Master Plan.

A Public Art Vision Workshop is scheduled 5:30 p.m. Monday at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave. A “smART Planning” conversation on art, place and innovation will follow 6 p.m. May 24 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

Last of legal challenges to MV rent control end

Special to the town crier
After years of steady rent increases, some Mountain View renters may see decreases, as shown in the bill comparisons above, due to a rollback provision under Measure V.

The last remaining legal challenge to a controversial Mountain View rent control law ended last week, and the city continued to push forward with the law’s implementation.

Mountain View City Attorney Jannie Quinn last week confirmed that a group of plaintiffs ended their challenge to Measure V May 10, on the heels of the California Apartment Association’s (CAA) announcement ending its legal challenge.

The home stretch

Despite the fervent wish of Mayor Mary Prochnow and a May 9 meeting that lasted more than five hours, the city of Los Altos has not adopted any new ordinances to support affordable housing.

Councilmembers offered feedback on reports identifying affordable housing opportunities and a development linkage fee to create an affordable housing fund, and will vote on a “granny unit” ordinance at their next meeting, scheduled Tuesday.

'Dig-ins' prompt PG&E to stress importance of calling 811

PG&E’s “Call 811” campaign to mark underground utility lines seems to be ubiquitous, but it still manages to fall on some deaf ears.

In Los Altos, a contractor working at a home on Del Monte Avenue hit a half-inch copper pipe that provided gas service to the residence. The March 7 incident, often referred to as a “dig-in,” occurred at approximately 3 p.m., but it wasn’t reported until early the following morning.

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