Voters to decide on oversized vehicle parking restrictions

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An RV is parked in a lot on California Street in Mountain View near Shoreline Boulevard, a popular destination for oversized vehicles. City leaders last week voted to restrict oversized vehicles from parking on streets 40 feet wide or less.

The Mountain View City Council last week voted unanimously to place its ordinance restricting oversized vehicle parking on the Nov. 3 ballot.

The Jan. 14 decision comes after a referendum petition forced the city either to repeal the ordinance or put it before voters. The ordinance bans oversized vehicles, which include RVs, trailers and boats, from parking on streets 40 feet wide or less.

Los Altos Hills luncheon highlights town projects and emergency prep

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Los Altos Hills planning director Zachary Dahl, left, and Santa Clara County Fire Chief Tony Bowden, right, listen Jan. 14 as Mayor Michelle Wu explains the “state of the town” during a Los Altos Hills Club luncheon.

A Los Altos Hills Club “state of the town” luncheon last week spanned topics ranging from town financial health to accessory dwelling unit construction.

Following are responses from an expert panel including Mayor Michelle Wu (MW), Santa Clara County Fire Chief Tony Bowden (TB), SCCFD emergency services coordinator Capt. Denise Gluhan (DG) and town planning director Zachary Dahl (ZD), who answered queries posed by audience members and master of ceremonies Duffy Price.

Los Altos council OKs Loyola Corners purchase, amends zoning code and planning process

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The city of Los Altos will soon officially own 999 Fremont Ave., the current home of Coffee Drive Up. Future plans for the site have not been made public by city officials.

The Los Altos City Council last week made a few decisions that will impact the development process in 2020, but the motion that garnered the most reaction was authorizing the purchase of what’s been described as the “postage stamp” lot at 999 Fremont Ave. in Loyola Corners.

The council Jan. 14 unanimously directed City Manager Chris Jordan to buy the property at the corner of Fremont Avenue and A Street, the current home of Coffee Drive Up.

Los Altos attorney departs, interim representation appointed

Chris Diaz is no longer on the payroll as Los Altos city attorney after the city opted not to renew his contract for the coming year.

Diaz, an attorney with Best Best & Krieger LLC, was hired to represent the city in 2017. The city will still employ Best Best & Krieger to address ongoing litigation attorneys have invested their time in, but according to Los Altos City Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins, Diaz has officially made his exit, as his role is not to litigate, but to advise on municipal law.

Los Altos Hills council supports undergrounding utilities project

Undergrounding a test swath of 5,000 feet of utilities in Los Altos Hills could cost the town as much as $5 million, council members learned Thursday at their monthly council meeting.

Councilwoman Courtenay C. Corrigan said that figure leaves her suffering “sticker shock.”

Chavez sworn in as county board president

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors last week unanimously elected Supervisor Cindy Chavez as president. Supervisor Mike Wasserman will serve as vice president.

Former board president Joe Simitian served as president for the past two years and will continue to serve on the board. Chavez presented him with the traditional honorary gavel.

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