5G Resident Concerns Result in Urgency Ordinance by City Council

A number of Los Altos residents raised their concerns about unrestricted installation of 5G wireless transmitters to the City Council in a July 9th Study Session. Among other concerned residents, Carey Lai raised a number of issues including devaluation of property, aesthetic concerns, noise, lack of proper notice and potential health risks. He and his group created a petition which eventually garnered 1000+ signatures. These residents asked the City Council to enact an ordinance that would restrict the deployment of 5G wireless transmitters in neighborhoods, next to schools and parks and other areas where people, especially vulnerable children and the elderly, may be continually exposed to the resulting RF radiation. The City Council enacted an urgency ordinance and two accompanying resolutions at the August 5th Special Meeting. The City Council listened to residents’ concerns and acted accordingly. That’s a real win for Los Altos residents!!

Open Government

The Los Altos city council voted on amendments to city policy to increase transparency in city government processes, including some of the examples below. We appreciate the efforts by Anita Enander and Jan Pepper to lead this effort.

  • Doubling to 1000' from 500' the distance mailers will go out for local projects or developments requiring notification.

  • Public notifications will now also go out for pre-application study session design reviews.

  • Adding a provision for the process to remove a Commissioner for disciplinary action.

  • Publishing which council members request special meetings.

  • Council member questions submitted to staff between council meetings and staff answers will be shared with the public.

  • Land use public hearings process is more clearly outlined, including ability to have multiple speakers cede their time to one speaker for the group.

 

Los Altos Heritage Orchard

The efforts of caring Los Altos residents and neighbors over the decades have come to fruition in the Los Altos Heritage Orchard. There’s been a lot of improvements over the last few years from maintenance to new trees, and now it finally has an official sign!

Message from Robin Chapman:

I'm writing this to say a special thanks to each one of you who joined in the celebration of the new Los Altos Heritage Orchard sign on Friday evening. In this busy world, the investment of time is a powerful thing. Your efforts, your love, your letters, your support and your persistence helped save this lovely, Historic Landmark and made the celebration of its new sign possible.

We hoped we would get a crowd of twenty or thirty people. In the end, the crowd was so large we had trouble counting it. With the names on the sign-in sheet; the number of friends we know were there; and the faces (and tops of heads) we can spot in the photo, we have settled on a count of 79. That has to set a record for a sign unveiling in Los Altos!

There is still much work ahead. But, for a few minutes, we took time out to commemorate one of the most unique Landmarks in all of California. To each of you who were there and to those we know were there in spirit, I'm sending what we think is our best photo. It was taken by resident Roger Heyder who climbed atop my kitchen ladder amid all the fun and snapped this for posterity. Enjoy it and--like the spirit of the Orchard that once captured the imagination of Frank Lloyd Wright--feel free to pass it on.

With heartfelt thanks, Robin Chapman

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New City Web Page Tracking New Developments

This newly created web page will keep you up to date on the status of all new housing and office-complex developments in Los Altos. You can track new projects from filing of an application through construction. Click on links provided for each project to find design plans, commission reports, project reports and other information about each project. https://www.losaltosca.gov/communitydevelopment/page/new-development