Hills survey to gauge interest in undergrounding, recreation

Undergrounding Los Altos Hills’ utility wires will take approximately 1,000 years if the town proceeds at its current pace of exploring the project, Councilman George Tyson told his colleagues Thursday at their monthly council meeting. Statewide, however, infrastructure is in such disarray that burying all of California’s wires won’t happen for another 3,300 years.

Jim Abraham

“Holy cow,” Councilwoman Courtenay C. Corrigan said. “You’re appealing to our competitive side.”

Los Altos council OKs tobacco ordinance & See Me Flags

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Los Altos’ new tobacco sale ordinance outlaws flavored tobacco but provides exemptions for stores that only sell tobacco.

The Los Altos City Council last week unanimously approved two staff-introduced efforts to protect local youth.

The council Feb. 11 voted to further regulate the sale of tobacco and approved a pilot program to place See Me Flags at an intersection near Covington School.

City gathers feedback on dog parks

Los Altos city officials are making sure anyone who wants to is able to sound off on proposals for fenced-in dog parks and an off-leash-hours pilot program that have been under consideration for several months.

They made good on their intentions during the first two of four workshops, both held Feb. 12 at Shoup Park. The first workshop drew approximately 170 to the park’s Garden House, not far from a proposed fenced-in dog park site at south Lincoln Park.

Los Altos Hills leaders rush to regulate ADU threat to town's 'semi-rural' nature

The race is on between Los Altos Hills leaders forced to create a new accessory dwelling unit ordinance and town residents hoping to construct ADUs before they can.

The Los Altos Hills City Council and Planning Commission convened Thursday to discuss six new California laws related to ADUs and JADUs, junior accessory dwelling units contained within a home. The legislation, intended to address the state’s housing crisis by easing rules governing secondary-unit construction, has local leaders fearing higher population and home and traffic densities that could degrade the town’s often-lauded “semi-rural” look and feel. Nevertheless, the laws took effect Jan. 1, and they reign supreme until cities craft compliant ordinances.

Los Altos welcomes 2020 with new PIO

The city of Los Altos recently hired Sonia Lee to serve as its new public information officer.

Hills leaders earmark committee reorg, survey as 2020 priorities

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Los Altos Hills Mayor Michelle Wu, second from right, listens to Councilman Roger Spreen, far left, discuss 5G technology Jan. 31 during the council’s annual goal-setting meeting.

Proudly wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the words “Goal Digger,” Los Altos Hills City Councilwoman Michelle Wu presided over her first goal-setting meeting as mayor late last month.

The Jan. 31 brainstorming session spanned subjects ranging from the potential creation of pop-up parks to forthcoming accessory dwelling unit ordinance changes and brief updates on the ongoing town hall expansion and undergrounding utilities exploratory project. Assessing the town’s advisory committee structure and arranging for a new town survey, however, emerged as two “higher priority” issues the council hopes to tackle in the coming year.

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