Los Altos roads to benefit from VTA Measure B funds

San Antonio Road
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Funds allocated through Measure B will be used to improve congested stretches of Foothill Expressway, affecting traffic flow in intersections like the one with San Antonio Road, above.

The recent release of Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority funding from Measure B’s half-cent sales tax could mean more than $1.5 million over two years headed to Los Altos for city road repairs and maintenance. Additional funds will go toward improvements along Interstate 280 and Foothill Expressway in Los Altos.

Advocates: Lack of affordable housing city's problem, too

Affordable housing doesn’t have to look bulky, ugly or out of place. Multifamily units can even fit in alongside single-family homes.

That seemed to be the takeaway advocates wanted to impress on attendees at the Jan. 31 forum “Affordable Housing: Ideas for Los Altos,” held at the Los Altos main library. Sponsored by several sympathetic local nonprofit organizations, the event pushed the theme that even an entrenched bedroom community like Los Altos has options – if the will is there.

Forum touts advantages of affordable housing

Increasing the availability of affordable housing in Los Altos doesn’t mean building tenements or attracting riffraff who will ruin the community. Conversely, supporters claim it will enhance quality of life by providing workers a place to live and decreasing job turnover, commutes and traffic.

Local advocates hope to drive the point home at a forum titled “Affordable Housing: Ideas for Los Altos,” scheduled 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Measure B transportation funds freed following state Supreme Court denial

The California Supreme Court Jan. 23 denied an appeal aimed at blocking Santa Clara County’s Measure B traffic relief and transit improvement initiative, clearing the way for $6.3 billion in projects to proceed – including improvements to congested Foothill Expressway in Los Altos.

Measure B, a 30-year, half-cent sales tax, was approved by nearly 72 percent of Santa Clara County voters in November 2016. The state Supreme Court was the last of three courts that ruled in favor of enacting Measure B, enabling the Valley Transportation Authority to disburse funds for transit improvements.

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

Nancy SKinner
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.


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