As housing edges businesses out, musician vows to rebuild his client base

This is the second in a three-part series 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. Part 1 ran Dec. 4. 

'A dramatic difference': Altos II housing development passes planning commission

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After 4898 El Camino Real developer Mircea Voskerician and his architect Jeff Potts presented plans for the Altos II complex, above, to the Los Altos Planning Commission, they took the commission’s feedback and created a revised look, below.

As he presented an updated design at last week’s Los Altos Planning Commission meeting, architect Jeff Potts said he and developer Mircea Voskerician were “excited” about their newly proposed Altos II multifamily housing project at 4898 El Camino Real.

By the time the commission voted 6-0 to recommend the project to the city council – member Ronit Bodner was absent – Commissioner Sally Meadows confirmed they were excited as well.

Google funds MV shuttle for 5 more years

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Google Inc. is set to extend funding for the Mountain View Community Shuttle for another five years.

Google Inc. officials revealed plans June 26 to extend funding for the Mountain View Community Shuttle for five years, enabling Phase 2 of the program to begin.

During Phase 1, Google totally funded the free shuttle service, operated by the company as part of an initiative to provide daytime transit options for Mountain View residents. Phase 2 will transition the operations from Google over the next year and allow the city to study the next steps for the program while providing stable and certain funding for the shuttle to continue at its current service levels.

Civil rights groups render possible RV ban unconstitutional

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Many of those living in their vehicles lining Mountain View roads, estimated at 290 vehicles by city officials, would be driven out of the area if the city council finalizes an ordinance opposing extended RV parking, civil rights groups argue. Dwellers rely on prolonged stays currently available through open spots on streets like Shoreline Boulevard.

Mountain View leaders are encountering some friction as they proceed to draft an ordinance that would essentially ban people from living in RVs parked on city streets.

The Law Foundation of Silicon Valley and the ACLU of Northern California issued a letter earlier this month demanding that the Mountain View City Council oppose and reverse two “unconstitutional proposals” that target residents living in vehicles.

Local relief after state housing bill stalled

Residents worried about high-density development being forced on Los Altos can breathe easier – for now.

The State Senate’s Appropriations Committee May 16 suspended State Sen. Scott Wiener’s controversial Senate Bill 50 for the year, legislation that would have encouraged construction of high-rise housing along major transit corridors, including El Camino Real and San Antonio Road. The bill would have overridden local regulations.

LA commission to consider OK for 20-unit condo project

The Los Altos Planning Commission is scheduled Thursday to conduct a design review for a three-story building downtown that includes 20 condominium units and two levels of underground parking.

City staff is recommending approval of developer Jeff Warmoth’s project applications at 425 First St. Up for consideration at Thursday’s public hearing is the tentative design and subdivision map for the project.

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