Residents in Los Altos' unincorporated pockets took advantage of an exclusive meeting with Santa Clara County Supervisor Liz Kniss Feb. 11 to articulate a host of issues that require county help. These range from drainage issues with the Los Altos Golf & Country Club renovation to traffic improvements on speeder-friendly Magdalena Road.
Kniss, the only local representative for more than 1,100 residents caught between city juridictions, brought eight members of county departments from roads to planning, to help provide specific answers to questions. Kniss and company discussed issues during the annual meeting of the San Antonio Hills Association, a long-standing homeowners' group that comprises residents living in the unincorporated areas.
Greg Zlotnick, the local representative director from the Santa Clara Valley Water District, also was on hand to address the drainage issue resulting from golf course renovation. He said developers will be installing new, larger drains, from 1-foot in width to 18 inches wide, to improve drainage.
As often before, residents raised the possibility of annexation, or county land taken over by city jurisdictions. Those supporting annexation now have suggested a preference for Los Altos Hills but Hills officials, defending the town's one-acre minimum lot sizes, are concerned with non-conforming lots.