LA council approves Hillview design, despite reservations about trees, roofing

A year and a half after representatives from Noll & Tam Architects introduced their Hillview Community Center design plans to Los Altos commissions, local residents and the city council, the firm received the go-ahead to move into the Construction Document phase of the long-planned overhaul.

LA council candidates address decision-making balance

The Town Crier is running a series of questions for each of the five candidates for Los Altos City Council to answer. This week’s question:

LA council addresses housing crisis, joins regional effort

The Los Altos City Council’s Sept. 11 agenda once again focused on a pressing issue: affordable housing. Council members voted to introduce an ordinance amending the city’s zoning code to meet affordable-housing requirements and participate in an optional countywide housing collaboration.

Push for affordable housing

Planning Services Manager Zach Dahl presented the council with city staff’s recommendation on boosting affordable housing, which fell in line with the Planning Commission’s vote July 19 to increase the minimum affordable-housing requirement for developers from 10 to 15 percent. The code change would functionally add 5 percent to all requirements for both rental and ownership developments, Dahl said.

On 9/11 anniversary, cyber-security expert warns LAH community of new threats

James McFarlin
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Former Air Force officer, tech CEO and author James McFarlin describes past and current cyber-security threats during a Sept. 11 Los Altos Hills Club luncheon at Fremont Hills Country Club.

If James McFarlin’s Sept. 11 presentation to the Los Altos Hills Club resonated with his audience, its members have already commenced freezing credit reports, setting up two-factor authentication and updating account passwords from the shockingly ubiquitous choice “password.”

Seventeen years after the “greatest intelligence failure in the history of our country,” America is just as vulnerable to foreign threats, and new attacks are and will be of a cyber nature, the former Air Force officer, tech CEO and author told 57 people gathered for a Fremont Hills Country Club luncheon last week. That’s why individuals, private businesses and government agencies should take steps now to protect themselves from catastrophic information security breaches.

Awaiting approval of permits, Waymo holds forum in Los Altos Hills

Waymo
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Attendees of a Sept. 5 Waymo community forum at Los Altos Hills Town Hall marvel at one of the company’s hybrid Chrysler Pacifica vehicles, above. Allison Tran, 6, of Milpitas watches a Waymo autonomous vehicle simulation with a virtual-reality viewer during the forum. Another forum is scheduled Oct. 17 in Los Altos.

After 9 million miles traversed across 25 cities, self-driving car company Waymo is working to bring fully autonomous vehicle testing to Silicon Valley streets.

LWV forums spotlight candidates, issues

The League of Women Voters of the Los Altos-Mountain View Area has scheduled the following local candidate forums in the run-up to the Nov. 6 general election.

• Mountain View City Council: 4-5:15 p.m. Sept. 26 at Google Inc. headquarters, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View


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