Virtual meeting to update Hills residents on coronavirus conditions

Los Altos Hills town hall
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos Hills town hall is currently closed, but staff members have left boxes outside for drop offs and pickups. It’s just one of modifications the town has had to make during the coronavirus pandemic, which will be front and center for discussion during a virtual town hall meeting Wednesday.

Los Altos Hills residents – and interested parties – are invited Wednesday afternoon (April 29) to a virtual town hall meeting conducted via Zoom teleconference. 

Los Altos Hills identifies solutions around state-imposed ADU rules

New state laws may have taken away Los Altos Hills’ ability to fully regulate accessory dwelling unit development, but town leaders have nevertheless discovered a way to ultimately get what they want: incentives for good behavior. 

Los Altos commission reacts to changes in ADU laws

Los Altos faces a rewrite of its regulations governing accessory dwelling units, thanks to recent state legislation. 

Hills council takes temperature of housing targets

Los Altos Hills City Council meeting
Courtesy of Zoom
Los Altos Hills City Council and staff members sign off at the end of their April 1 meeting.

Last week’s special Los Altos Hills City Council meeting commenced with salutes to a mini American flag Mayor Michelle Wu erected in an empty Clorox wipes container.

After the Pledge of Allegiance, council members April 1 launched into their first fully teleconferenced meeting, each person broadcasting via Zoom from the safety of home to mitigate the potential spread of the coronavirus. 

Residents, city officials put discussions of natural gas ban on back burner

The coronavirus threat has prompted postponement of Sunday’s scheduled Los Altos forum on the pros and cons of a natural gas ban. A local grassroots group, Los Altos Residents, had organized the discussion. A makeup date has yet to be announced.

The Los Altos City Council is considering a ban on natural gas in new home construction and in major remodels. Several residents voiced opposition to the ban when members of the city’s Environmental Commission discussed reach codes at their March 9 meeting. Reach codes are building energy codes that “reach” beyond minimum state requirements in building design and construction.

Los Altos city clerk quits after six months

The city of Los Altos lists nine job openings on its website. The total will be 10 when city clerk Dennis Hawkins departs next month.

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