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

Los Altos Planning Commission approves general plan amendments, cannabis ordinance

After some debate, the Los Altos Planning Commission Thursday approved staff recommendations for general plan amendments related to the sale of parks and open lands and a cannabis prohibition ordinance.

Monday's Los Altos Candidates Forum to feature five residents running for council

Eight local civic groups are slated to co-host a public Candidates Forum 7-9 p.m. Monday at Los Altos High School’s Eagle Theater, 201 Almond Ave.

The forum will feature the five candidates running for two open seats on the Los Altos City Council in the Nov. 6 election.

Shooting for a Strawless September: Mtn. View woman aims to reduce plastic waste

Although Bobbi Wilmoth never considered herself an activist, the Mountain View resident is on a one-woman mission to rid her city of plastic straws – one restaurant at a time.

Her Strawless September campaign is just the beginning, said Wilmoth, who is undeterred by critics who question how much of an impact the elimination of straws would have on the amount of plastic contaminating the oceans. She tells naysayers that at least it’s somewhere to start.

Candidates for Los Altos City Council weigh in on controversial Measure C

In conjunction with Monday’s Los Altos City Council Candidates Forum (see preview story below), the Town Crier is running a series of questions for each of the five candidates to answer.

This week’s question focuses on Measure C, the Nov. 6 ballot item that would require voter approval of any new lease or sale of city-owned property larger than 7,500 square feet.

Stopping the stink: Los Altos Hills launches annual assault on stinkwort weed

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A cyclist pedals past stinkwort growing along Natoma Road in Los Altos Hills last week. The town has hired a pest control company to spray the invasive weed with an herbicide. The application is scheduled to start Monday and last for a few days.

Kit Gordon wrapped plastic around her prop at last month’s Los Altos Hills City Council meeting.

“If anyone wants to have a closer look – anyone in the audience – of what stinkwort is,” said Gordon, raising the bundle of spindly green vegetation Aug. 16. “I don’t know if you want to pass it around.”

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