Los Altos City Council green-lights El Camino Real development – with a number of conditions

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After an eight-month approval process and installation of story poles to mark the footprint of the proposed Altos Two complex on El Camino Real, the project is ready to proceed – with a few conditions set by the Los Altos City Council.

The Los Altos City Council unanimously approved the Altos Two housing development at 4898 El Camino Real after four hours of discussion at an Oct. 1 meeting dedicated to reviewing the project.

However, several conditions must be met before the city grants the building permits.

Los Altos city spokeswoman makes quiet exit this week

Los Altos city spokeswoman Erica Ray has accepted a position as public information officer with the San Jose Fire Department, a city staff member who wished to remain anonymous told the Town Crier recently.

Mountain View moves ahead with RV parking restrictions

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RVs line Crisanto Avenue in Mountain View. The Mountain View City Council passed RV parking restrictions last week, citing traffic safety issues.

Working under the threat of legal action and vocal opposition, Mountain View City Council members Sept. 24 approved parking restrictions on RVs and other oversized vehicles, citing primarily traffic safety issues.

The council voted to restrict oversized vehicle parking on narrow streets effective June 30, 2020, and restrict oversized vehicle parking on any street with a designated bike lane.

Downtown commercial properties undergo renovation

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The city of Los Altos issued design permits for renovations of the office building at 199 First St., which the developer plans to modernize.

People walking, driving or biking through the downtown Los Altos triangle in coming months may notice changes as two developers renovate their properties.

According to the Los Altos Planning Division, the former Los Altos Lighting space at 343 Main St. may change from a strictly commercial building to a mixed-use building. A developer, whose name was not provided by city staff, has submitted a preliminary application to add a second story for residential space.

Los Altos holds on to $50,000 in unclaimed money

The city of Los Altos has accumulated a stockpile of approximately $50,000 in unclaimed money, some of which it has been holding for more than 20 years, after public notices and letters to creditors went unanswered.

The money remains in various funds, with nearly one-third in the city’s General Fund, according to city officials.

Revisiting their roots: Former Los Altos mayors give two cents on city manager controversy

Five former Los Altos mayors stood before the city council last week to share their thoughts on how council members were treating one another and city staff – specifically City Manager Chris Jordan – after a local newspaper reported there was a voting dispute at a previous council meeting.

Jane Reed (mayor in 1982-1983, 1987), Penny Lave (1987-1988, 1992-1993), David Reeder (1989-1990), King Lear (2000-2001) and Curtis Cole (2006-2007) voiced their concerns after reading that some council members accused Jordan of ignoring a June 25 vote on where to hold their meetings. Another newspaper published that a motion passed 4-1 to move the meetings back to the council chambers from the Los Altos Youth Center, where they temporarily were being held during civic center renovations aimed at expanding the bathrooms and the lobby to accommodate Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines.

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