MV forum explores ongoing issue of vehicle dwellers

Crisanto RVs
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RVs line up on Crisanto Avenue in Mountain View, above. According to city officials, 250-300 people are living in their vehicles in town.

Silicon Valley success has triggered sky-high housing prices that have forced many residents from four walls to four-wheeled vehicles. The city of Mountain View estimates between 250 and 300 RVs and other vehicles are parked on city streets that residents call home.

Addressing the city’s increasing homeless and vehicle-dwelling population – and its impacts – was the focus of a Feb. 8 League of Women Voters-sponsored forum at the Mountain View Senior Center. The event featured three panelists approaching the problem from different perspectives – humanitarian (Tom Myers, executive director of Community Services Agency), management/enforcement (Mountain View Police Sgt. Wahed Magee) and administrative/policymaking (Kimberly Thomas, assistant to Mountain View City Manager Dan Rich).

Los Altos school route improvements scheduled for discussion

A city of Los Altos open house and Complete Streets Commission meeting to discuss school route improvement projects is scheduled Monday at Grant Park Community Center, rooms 2 and 3, 1575 Holt Ave., Los Altos.

The open house will begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the commission meeting at 7 p.m.

LA Planning Commission OKs more office space at 400 Main


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One of the difficulties the Los Altos Planning Commission faced in approving a conditional-use permit for office space in 400 Main St., above, was that it falls in the commercial retail sales zone but fronts First Street – which has a completely different zoning code.

Additional office space is set to pop up on the ground floor of 400 Main St. in Los Altos.

At last week’s Los Altos Planning Commission meeting, commissioners unanimously approved a conditional-use permit that enables property owner Jeff Morris to lease the former Pharmaca space to Keller Williams Real Estate.

FAA offers 'disappointing' response to official's letter about airplane noise


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A plane flies overhead in Mountain View. Some residents in the area have complained that a changing flight path has increased the level of jet noise.

A difference in what was promised versus considered could mean an unexpected outcome in the level of airplane noise over local communities.

Los Altos Hills City Councilman Gary Waldeck told Federal Aviation Administration officials in a Dec. 14 letter that he cast a difference-making vote on moving the SERFR flight path to the BIG SUR track based on nine criteria he believed the agency agreed to. Waldeck was a member of the Select Committee on South Bay Arrivals, a group representing local communities affected by the sudden spike in airplane noise when the FAA changed flight paths in March 2015 under a NextGen flight efficiency program. The paths involve planes crossing over Los Altos and other local areas as they fly into San Francisco International Airport.

VTA fund freeze not stalling projects - yet


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Heavy traffic along Foothill Expressway in Los Altos is a common sight late weekday afternoons. This photo was taken at the San Antonio Road intersection this month.

A lawsuit holding money from the Measure B transportation bond in escrow continues to wind its way toward appeals court, more than six months after a judge’s initial ruling found the bond measure valid.

The local projects awaiting its funding, however, are largely progressing through preliminary planning phases funded by other sources.

Locals concerned FAA not addressing airplane noise

As Federal Aviation Administration officials move to implement adjusted flight paths this year for airplane arrivals, local officials and residents alike are concerned that airplane noise over some communities – including Los Altos – could get worse.

The result could undermine a 2016 agreement between FAA officials and local representatives to address a spike in airplane noise that has generated hundreds of thousands of complaints since a change in flight paths nearly three years ago.


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