New Los Altos mayor faces heat from state senator for housing bill comments

Nancy SKinner

District 9 State Sen. Nancy Skinner used the social media platform Twitter to “fact check” Los Altos Mayor Lynette Lee Eng, who last week said a bill Skinner helped draft forces small cities to become urban centers comparable to New York City’s Manhattan borough.

LA council passes Altos One development as stakeholders reflect on state of housing

Rendering Courtesy of SDG Architects
The Los Altos City Council last week approved plans for Altos One, a 52-unit condo complex set for construction at 4846/4856 El Camino Real. In exchange for a greater number of units, the developers are offering 10 at below market rates.

As a heavily debated housing development made its final step through the Los Altos City Council, a broader discussion ensued on how to evaluate upcoming residential projects while maintaining the city’s character amid a wave of state affordable housing requirements.

Latest court ruling frees up Measure B project funds

Odds are, the $6.3 billion in funding for Santa Clara County Measure B transportation improvements will soon be available after the state Court of Appeal Nov. 7 refused to rehear the case.

Growth, homelessness backdrop to MV campaigns

Google bikes
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Google bikes are a common sight in Mountain View. The tech giant plans to expand in the North Bayshore area.

The impact of the current economic boom is readily apparent in the high-profile Silicon Valley community of Mountain View.

New development is ubiquitous, no more obvious than when driving along El Camino Real, where hundreds of new multifamily housing units have been constructed in recent years.

Board of Supes allocates $100K to improve safety on Homestead

Homestead Corridor
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Santa Clara County approved funding for safety enhancements along the Homestead Road corridor, above, a route used by students that crosses six jurisdictions.

Help is on the way for Los Altos students who walk or bike to and from school along Homestead Road, a route that’s proven to be dangerous as it crosses through six jurisdictions. The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors this month allocated $100,000 toward safety improvements along the corridor.

Proposed toll lanes on Highway 101 draw opposition

Highway 101
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Caltrans’ proposal to install a new toll lane that would connect to an existing, modified carpool lane on Highway 101 is facing opposition from local leaders like Joe Simitian, president of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.

A Caltrans project in the works for more than 10 years is just now catching the eye of many concerned residents of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties who would be affected by it – toll lanes on Highway 101.

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