Pepper named new mayor of Los Altos; Fligor vice mayor

The Los Altos City Council voted 4-0 last week to confirm Councilwoman Jan Pepper as the city’s new mayor. Councilwoman Neysa Fligor was appointed vice mayor. 

Los Altos entrepreneurs take business elsewhere as mandated housing takes center stage

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The former commercial building at 4856 El Camino Real sits empty. It will be demolished, alongside the smaller structure at 4846 El Camino Real, to make way for the Altos I apartment complex. Of the new building’s 52 condos, 10 will be below-market rate.

This is the first in a three-part series focusing on Los Altos business owners who have been – or may soon be – displaced by construction of state-mandated affordable housing units zoned for the commercial areas they once operated from.

Los Altos Hills council green-lights town hall addition

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Los Altos Hills principal planner Steve Padovan, left, explains town remodel plans to residents Carol Gottlieb, from left, Allan Epstein and Kjell Karlsson at the Nov. 20 council meeting.

The Los Altos Hills City Council last week approved a town hall expansion that will ultimately add 1,512 square feet to the Fremont Road complex’s interior footprint.

The council voted 4-0, with Councilwoman Michelle Wu abstaining due to her home’s proximity to town hall.

Los Altos council change of guard set for next week

It’s that time of year: The Los Altos City Council is scheduled to select a new mayor to succeed Lynette Lee Eng at its meeting Tuesday.


 

Jan Pepper is next in line to serve if no one objects to her appointment.

Los Altos Planning Commission OKs vet clinic move, recommends immersion school use permit

The Los Altos Planning Commission made some residents happy and others frustrated last week when it unanimously approved the Los Altos Veterinary Clinic’s move to Riverside Drive and recommended approval of a conditional use permit for Los Altos Chinese School to operate from a church on Orange Avenue.

The commission followed a collective belief that all space should be maximized in a city “where there is little to no affordable space for institutions that serve a public need,” said Commissioner Ronit Bodner. Both the vet clinic and the Chinese immersion and after-school program fall into the category of “community assets,” commissioners agreed at their Nov. 21 meeting.

Finance director: Los Altos budget sound, buildings not so much

Los Altos’ finance director suggested last week that past leadership may have been penny wise, pound foolish, accumulating large budget reserves while allowing city infrastructure to deteriorate.

“We didn’t do anything as a city,” Sharif Etman told a Nov. 22 gathering of the Los Altos Community Coalition. “It’s coming back to bite us now.”


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