Los Altos Hills officials: Be wary of misleading mail adverts

The lettering, all in caps, looks official enough: “Los Altos Hills Notice.”

Then follows a statement in capitalized red lettering: “Home Addresses Will Be Painted On Your Street.”

Los Altos hires South Bay city clerk

The city of Los Altos hired a new city clerk to fill the vacancy created nearly six months after former clerk Sarah Henricks’ quiet departure.

Dennis Hawkins

Not even the Environmental Commission, previously overseen by Henricks in a staff liaison role, was informed of her March exit, Commissioner Don Bray said at a joint meeting with the city council in May. Staff present in the audience at that meeting did not respond to the statement.

Los Altos Planning Commission approves plans for 5150 El Camino Real, lauding developers

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A multistory office building currently sits on the 5150 El Camino Real site, which Duchints Development LLC plans to turn into a housing complex with two buildings of condos and two rows of townhomes, for a total of 196 living units. Story poles have been posted since Aug. 12.

The Los Altos Planning Commission last week praised Duchints Development LLC, owner of 5150 El Camino Real, for its application to develop the property.

Rather than doing the bare miminum in an area specifically zoned in the Los Altos Housing Element for high-density housing since 2013, Duchints Development opted not to build out to the minimum setback allowed or incorporate a roof deck to add open space, strategies several other developers along the El Camino corridor have pursued. The developer also listened to neighbors’ concerns and acted on them.

Los Altos council holds special meeting, braces for housing-related litigation

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Updated plans for a five-story, mixed-use building are posted outside 40 Main St., despite the Los Altos City Council’s rejection of an appeal in April. Owners Ted and Jerry Sorensen are among the plaintiffs suing the city over the decision.

The Los Altos City Council was slated to convene two hours prior to Tuesday’s meeting – held after the Town Crier’s press deadline– to discuss a pair of lawsuits filed against the city and its entities. Both lawsuits stem from housing-related applications rejected earlier this year.

GoldSilverIsland Homes LLC is suing the city over the council’s failure to allow developer Ying-Min Li to subdivide his property at 831 Arroyo Road after major public pushback.

Los Altos Hills residents protest wireless communications proposal

Of the dozen or so Los Altos Hills residents who addressed the Planning Commission last week about a proposal to install small cell antennas in town, none voiced support for the technology, which is intended to improve wireless communications.

“From now on, people won’t be talking about the unspoiled nature of Los Altos Hills; they’ll be talking about how Los Altos Hills is the only local city that allows these giant cell carrier nodes on flimsy telephone poles in front of our homes,” said Marita Irani.

Cal Water completes water main project in Los Altos

California Water Service has completed a water main installation project in the Rancho neighborhood of Los Altos.

The upgrade is aimed at strengthening infrastructure reliability and resiliency for customers and improving fire protection capabilities in the area for first responders.

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