Hills Planning Commission proposes stricter wireless comm regulations

Los Altos Hills residents worried about the potential negative health effects of small-cell wireless facilities won a small victory Thursday night when the Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend that city council members consider adopting greater setback requirements than even town staff suggested they should.

“I learned a long time ago that if you want a puppy for Christmas, ask for a pony,” said commission chairman Jitze Couperus, generating audience applause and laughter.

Los Altos Hills leaders ponder parks potential

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Brian McDermott coaches baseball practice at Purissima Park in Los Altos Hills. Members of the Parks and Recreation Committee proposed using state grant money to turn part of the baseball-centric park into a more generalized venue, but the city council selected a snack shack update instead. Now a council subcommittee is exploring additional ways to improve the town’s recreational offerings.

Los Altos Hills City Council members at this month’s meeting could hear an update on a master parks plan meant to explore the possibility of establishing new recreation venues in town.

A subcommittee comprising councilwomen Courtenay C. Corrigan and Kavita Tankha invited City Manager Carl Cahill, Community Services Supervisor Sarah Robustelli and Planning Commission Chairman/local historian Jitze Couperus last week to join a preliminary discussion about the project.

Los Altos council takes more time to mull small-cell node appeals from Verizon, AT&T

Local residents who attended last week’s special hearing of the Los Altos City Council hoping for a resolution to the request by Verizon and AT&T to install 5G small-cell nodes across the city left disappointed.

The council voted unanimously to continue the item – at an undetermined date – after receiving new information on the cell providers’ appeals of an earlier decision to deny the request. But even after the vote to continue the hearing, three residents still wanted a turn at the podium to voice their opposition to placing small-cell node facilities on existing utility poles around Los Altos.

LGBTQ+ Listening Forum reaches few Los Altos Hills ears last week

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Los Altos Recreation and Community Services Director Donna Legge, left, and Los Altos librarian Devon Simpson brainstorm ways Los Altos Hills and the Santa Clara County could show their support for the LGBTQ+ community during an Oct. 15 Listening Forum.

Like the sessions before it, the Los Altos Hills edition of the county’s LGBTQ+ Listening Forum involved attendees brainstorming words and phrases to describe what they like about their town and how it could be more supportive. When it became evident, however, that only one of the seven participants actually resides in the Hills, the focus of the exercise changed: Describe Santa Clara County.

Los Altos Hills officials consider infrastructure updates

Across agenda items, from the undergrounding of utilities to fiber-optic internet, “bringing Los Altos Hills into the 21st century” emerged as the reoccurring theme of Thursday’s city council meeting.

Stanley Mok had the honor of introducing the topic during his delivery of the Finance and Investment Committee’s annual presentation: The town is in excellent financial shape. Perhaps it could borrow money to bury unsightly PG&E power lines. Doing so would improve aesthetics and reduce fire risk.

Los Altos Planning Commission votes to recommend Loyola Corners development

The Los Altos Planning Commission voted Oct. 17 to endorse developer Gregg Bunker’s mixed-use project in Loyola Corners and approved all but one of city staff’s proposed design review code amendments.

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