Workshops will help city create public art plan


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As the city of Los Altos crafts a Public Art Master Plan, it may move from individual statues like the birds frolicking outside the First Street Safeway, left, to a more cohesive art strategy.

The Los Altos Public Arts Commission has dubbed next week “Workshop Week” as members gather public input for developing a Public Art Master Plan.

A Public Art Vision Workshop is scheduled 5:30 p.m. Monday at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave. A “smART Planning” conversation on art, place and innovation will follow 6 p.m. May 24 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

Sheriff's deputies, officials embrace body-worn cameras as transparent


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Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Capt. Rich Urena demonstrates the use of an Axon Body 2 body-worn camera for the Los Altos Hills City Council April 20.

Motorists stopped by Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office deputies may notice new “bling” affixed to officers’ uniforms: credit- card-sized black boxes recording the interaction.

The new body-worn cameras are meant to protect members of the public against officer misconduct and deputies against false allegations.

Last of legal challenges to MV rent control end


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After years of steady rent increases, some Mountain View renters may see decreases, as shown in the bill comparisons above, due to a rollback provision under Measure V.

The last remaining legal challenge to a controversial Mountain View rent control law ended last week, and the city continued to push forward with the law’s implementation.

Mountain View City Attorney Jannie Quinn last week confirmed that a group of plaintiffs ended their challenge to Measure V May 10, on the heels of the California Apartment Association’s (CAA) announcement ending its legal challenge.

Los Altos native's memory endures through tributes

It’s been nearly a year since Laura Suzanne Murphy died in a traffic collision, but she will be on the minds of many of her college classmates this weekend as they honor the former Los Altos resident through donations made in her name.

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The Murphy family on the occasion of Laura Murphy’s 2015 college graduation.

As of last week, 84 of Murphy’s 602 classmates from Mount Holyoke College’s Class of 2015 had donated in her honor to a school fund at the South Hadley, Mass., campus. That number doesn’t include the contributions of this year’s graduating seniors, many of whom learned about Murphy’s legacy and chose to help, or the 2015 classmates expected to donate at the two-year reunion this weekend.

The home stretch

Despite the fervent wish of Mayor Mary Prochnow and a May 9 meeting that lasted more than five hours, the city of Los Altos has not adopted any new ordinances to support affordable housing.

Councilmembers offered feedback on reports identifying affordable housing opportunities and a development linkage fee to create an affordable housing fund, and will vote on a “granny unit” ordinance at their next meeting, scheduled Tuesday.

Weekend shooting leads to attempted murder charge

A 26-year-old East Bay man has been arrested and charged with attempted homicide in connection to a shooting in downtown Mountain View last weekend.


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