Los Altos council seeks legal, HR aid in next steps of ADA discussion

There may be no perfect place for the Los Altos City Council to call home, but there are plenty of choices that come close enough. 

Mountain View police chief will serve as city manager, too

Mountain View Police Chief Max Bosel will be wearing another significant hat while the city looks for a successor to retiring City Manager Dan Rich.

Mountain View council wrestles with rent control

The Mountain View City Council agreed last week to challenge the city’s rent control ordinance by placing what critics say is a less-restrictive measure on the March ballot. 

After ADA complaints, Los Altos council set to vote on meeting place

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The Los Altos City Council has not met in its chamber at city hall, above, since the first of multiple council members filed an Americans with Disabilities Act accommodation request in June.

The Los Altos City Council may not return to its chambers for meetings any time soon after a consultant said the space does not meet the standards necessary to fulfill requests for Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations filed by multiple council members. The council is expected to decide Tuesday (Nov. 19) where and how it will conduct its meetings after asking city staff last week to compile a list of alternative meeting spaces.

Los Altos Planning Commission revisits First St. project, grants recommendation

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Dutchints Development’s plan to overhaul 444-450 First St., above, took a step forward after the Los Altos Planning Commission reviewed and approved design updates last week.

Representatives from Dutchints Development LLC will take another swing at developing in Los Altos after striking out with the city council last month and hearing suggestions from the Planning Commission Thursday night.

The developers of the 5150 El Camino Real project promised the commission upon its unanimous recommendation that prior to bringing their plans for 444-450 First St. to the council, they would implement all suggestions commissioners mentioned – including those voiced by commissioners with the council’s recent commentary and voting trends in mind.

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.

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