Local Action Letters

a US forever stamp - the liberty bellAs part of taking stands on local issues, our league writes local action letters which are mailed to governing authorities. Often the letter will also be read at the meeting of the governing body – for example, a city council meeting, a school board meeting, etc.

Glossary

A key focus of our local action in the Los Altos – Mountain View Area is on Affordable Housing.  Here is a printable 2014 draft version of a Glossary of Housing Development Terms useful for  a look at the various laws, ordinances and policies that apply in Los Altos and Mountain and for a deeper understanding of  the letters below.

 

2017 ACTION LETTERS

Housing Committee

  • Letter dated June 25 to the Mountain View City Council regarding North Bayshore very-low income levels.
  • Letter dated June 20 to the Mountain View Environmental Planning Commission regarding policies that could detract from North Bayshore Precise Plan (NBSPP) affordable housing goals.
  • Letter dated June 6 to the Mountain View Environmental Planning Commission regarding BMR’s at 2700 W. El Camino.
  • Letter dated May 14 to the Mountain View City Council regarding North Bayshore Draft Affordable Housing Administrative Guidelines.
  • Letter dated May 5 to the Los Altos City Council regarding Affordable Housing Fees.
  • Letter dated May 5 to the Los Altos City Council regarding Accessory Dwelling Unit Recommendations.
  • Letter dated May 2 to the Mountain View Environmental Planning Commission regarding North Bayshore Draft Affordable Housing Administrative Guidelines.
  • Letter dated April 16 to the Mountain View City Council regarding BMRs at 555 W. Middlefield Road.
  • Letter dated April 3 to the Los Altos Planning and Transportation Commission regarding accessory dwelling units (ADUs).
  • Letter dated April 3 to the Mountain View City Council regarding job/housing imbalance of the East Whisman Precise Plan Area.
  • Letter dated April 2 to the Mountain View City Council regarding BMRs at 1001 N. Shoreline Boulevard.
  • Letter dated March 19 to the Mountain View City Council regarding residential development on Villa St.
  • Letter dated March 15 to the Los Altos City Council regarding non-residential affordable housing linkage fees.
  • Letter dated March 12 to the Mountain View Environmental Planning Commission regarding below market rate units on Middlefield Road.
  • Letter dated March 5 to the Mountain View City Council regarding Gatekeepers-Process.
  • Letter dated February 27 to the Mountain View Environmental Planning Commission regarding below market rate units on Villa Street.
  • Letter dated February 26 to the Mountain View City Council regarding below market rate units on Latham Street.
  • Letter dated February 25 to the Mountain View City Council regarding 2017-2019 goal-setting.
  • Letter dated February 13 to the Los Altos Planning and Transportation Committee regarding zoning code amendments in the El Camino Real corridor.
  • Two letters dated February 12 to the Mountain View City Council, one on the East Whisman Precise Plan and funding for implementation of CSFRA plan.
  • Letter dated January 30 to the Mountain View Environmental Planning Commission regarding the 1001 N. Shoreline Blvd. Residential Development.
  • Letter dated February 12 to the Mountain View Environmental Planning Commission regarding the East Whisman Precise Plan.
  • Letter dated January 20 to the Los Altos City Council regarding their 2017 priorities.
  • Letter dated January 17 to the Mountain View Environmental Planning Commission regarding the development proposals at 2268-2280 West El Camino Real and 2241-2243 Latham Street.

2016 ACTION LETTERS

Housing Committee

  • Letter dated December 11 to the Mountain View City Council regarding the Greystar proposal in the North of California Street Master Plan Area.
  • Letter dated October 21 to the Los Altos City Council regarding the height limits in Downtown Los Altos.
  • Three letters dated October 15 to the Los Altos City Council and Planning and Transportation Commission regarding the El Camino Corridor, Los Altos’ affordable housing program, and Los Altos’ second unit regulations.
  • Letter dated October 11 to the Los Altos Planning and Transportation Commission regarding the height limits in Downtown Los Altos.
  • Letter dated October 3 to the Mountain View Environmental Planning Commission regarding the development proposal at 777 West Middlefield Road
  • Letter dated September 24 to the Mountain View City Council regarding the Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance.
  • Letter dated September 12 to the Mountain View City Council regarding the development proposal at 460 North Shoreline Boulevard
  • Letter dated September 4 to the Mountain View City Council regarding the East Whisman Precise Plan
  • Letter dated August 29 to the Los Altos Planning and Transportation Commission regarding downtown Los Altos
  • Letter dated August 22 to the Mountain View Environmental Planning Commission regarding the East Whisman Precise Plan
  • Letter dated June 26 to the Los Altos City Council regarding the development at 4880 El Camino Real
  • Letter dated June 19 to the Mountain View City Council regarding the development at 1701 El Camino Real
  • Letter to the Mountain View City Council dated June 5 regarding the companion unit ordinance
  • Letter to the Mountain View City Council dated May 22 regarding the below market rate units in the 660 Tyrella project
  • Letter dated May 22 to the Mountain View City Council regarding affordable housing units in the 582 Hope Street development
  • Letter dated May 22 to the Mountain View City Council regarding residential policies in the North Bayshore area
  • Letter dated May 21 to the Los Altos City Council regarding support for AB2502
  • Letter dated May 16 to the Mountain View Environmental Planning Commission regarding residential policy topics in the North Bayshore Precise Plan
  • Letter dated May 16 to the Los Altos Planning and Transportation Commission regarding the development at 4880 El Camino Real
  • Letter dated May 15 to the Mountain View Environmental Planning Commission regarding the Palo Alto Housing Corporation development
  • Letter dated May 7 to the Mountain View City Council requesting support for AB2502 along with the associated fact sheet
  • Letter dated May 7 to the Los Altos City Council requesting support for AB2502 along with the fact sheet
  • Letter dated April 17 to the Mountain View Environmental Planning Commission regarding companion units
  • Letter dated April 17 to the Mountain View City Council regarding possible development on downtown parking lot 12
  • Letter dated March 20 to the Mountain View City Council regarding the Palo Alto Housing Corporation development at 1720 El Camino Real.
  • Letter dated March 20 to the Mountain View City Council regarding the East Whisman Precise Plan Scope of Work.
  • Letter dated March 20 to the Los Altos City Council regarding the adoption of the resolution of the Santa Clara County Housing Task Force pertaining to homelessness.
  • Letter dated February 28 to the Mountain View City Council regarding residential uses in the North Bayshore Precise Plan.
  • Letter dated February 28 to the Mountain View City Council regarding the 1255 Pear Avenue development.
  • Letter dated February 28 to the Mountain View City Council regarding the 779 East Evelyn Avenue.
  • Letter dated Feburary 14 to the Mountain View Environmental Planning Commission regarding the development  at 779 East Evelyn Avenue.
  • Letter dated February 2 to the Mountain View Environmental Planning Commission regarding residential uses in the North Bayshore Precise Plan
  • Letter dated January 10 to the Mountain View City Council regarding the proposed exclusive right to negotiate for development on two Hope St parking lots

2015 ACTION LETTERS

  • Letter dated May 6, 2015 to the Los Altos City Council on budgeting for a downtown plan

Housing Committee

  • Letter dated February 2, 2015 to the Mountain View City Council on residential uses in North Bayshore.
  • Letter dated March 2, 2015 to the Mountain View City Council on Federal legislative priorities.
  • Letter dated March 7, 2015 to the Los Altos City Council on the Housing Element (with nexus study proposal and cities with impact fees attachments).
  • Letter dated March 17, 2015 to the Mountain View Environmental Planning Commission on the Housing Element.
  • Letter dated March 17, 2015 to the Mountain View Environmental Planning Commission on the Park Land Dedication Ordinance.
  • Letter dated April 12, 2015 to the Mountain View City Council on the work items associated with Council’s theme-based major goal of improving the quantity, diversity, and affordability of housing.
  • Letter dated April 12, 2015 to the Mountain View City Council on North Bayshore.
  • Letter dated April 24, 2015 to the Los Altos City Council on AB 1335.
  • Letter dated May 3, 2015 to the Mountain View City Council on the NBS Precise Plan bonus FAR applications.
  • Letter dated May 12, 2015 to the Mountain View Zoning Administrator on the Fairchild permit.
  • Letter dated May 17, 2015 to the Mountain View City Council on the Condo Conversion Ordinance
  • Letter dated May 24, 2015 to the Mountain View City Council on the Park Land Dedication Ordinance
  • Letter dated May 26, 2015 to the Los Altos City Council on the Los Altos Housing Element
  • Letter dated June 1, 2015 to the Mountain View Environmental Planning Commission on Companion Unit regulations
  • Letter dated June 1, 2015 to the Mountain View Environmental Planning Commission on allowing residential uses in North Bayshore
  • Letter dated June 14, 2015 to the Mountain View City Council on the 500 Ferguson project
  • Letter dated June 16, 2015 to the Mountain View City Council on EFL’s proposal to provide 12 BMRs
  • Letter dated September 7, 2015 to the Mountain View City Council regarding the waiving of park fees for affordable housing developments
  • Letter dated September 11, 2015 to the Mountain View City Council regarding the scheduling of a special meeting to discuss the housing crisis
  • Letter dated Septemerb 11, 2015 to the Los Altos City Council regarding participation in the county nexus study
  • Letter dated September 13, 2015 to the Mountain View City Council regarding companion unit regulations
  • Letter dated October 4, 2015 to the Mountain View City council regarding the development at 400 San Antonio Road
  • Letter dated October 4, 2015 to the Mountain View City Council regarding the fair rental practice discussion
  • Letter dated October 17, 2015 to the Mountain View City Council regarding the study session on fair rental practices
  • Letter dated October 17, 2015 to the Mountain View City Council regarding the Palo Alto Housing Corporation proposed development
  • Letter dated October 25, 2015 to the Mountain View City Council regarding the emergency ordinance on the terms of rentals
  • Letter dated November 8, 2015 to the Mountain View City Council regarding North Bayshore precise plan residential land use scenarios
  • Letter dated November 15, 2015 to the Mountain View City Council regarding studying additional areas to be designated for residential development
  • Letter dated November 29, 2015 to the Mountain View City Council regarding affordable rent options
  • Letter dated December 6, 2015 to the Mountain View City Council regarding gatekeeper requests

2014 ACTION LETTERS

Housing Committee

  • Letter to the Los Altos City Council regarding raising development impact fees to support affordable housing
  • Letter to the Mountain View City Council regarding tenant relocation assistance
  • Letter to the Mountain View City Council regarding the shortage of affordable housing units in the 1616 El Camino West Prometheus development project
  • Letter to the Mountain View Environmental Planning Commission regarding the shortage of affordable housing units in the 1616 El Camino West Prometheus development project
  • Letter dated May 5, 2014 to the Mountain View Environmental Planning Commission on the potential Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance amendments.
  • Letter dated May 11, 2014 to the Mountain View City Council on the 2015-2023 Draft Housing Element
  • Letter dated May 18, 2014 to the Mountain View City Council on affordable housing in the the El Camino Precise Plan
  • Letter dated June 15, 2014 to the Mountain View City Council on the proposed Tenant Relocation Assistance Ordinance amendments
  • Letter dated June 17, 2014 to the Mountain View Environmental Planning Commission on Phase II of the San Antonio Center.
  • Letter dated June 19, 2014 to Harrison Anixter, Analyst in the Housing and Policy Division of the Department of Housing and Community Development on Mountain View’s 2015-2023 Draft Housing Element.
  • Letter dated August 26, 2014 to the Mountain View Environmental Planning Commission on the El Camino Real Precise Plan.
  • Letter dated September 1, 2014 to the Mountain View Environmental Planning Commission on the North Bayshore Precise Plan.
  • Letter dated September 15, 2014 to the Mountain View Environmental Planning Commission on the San Antonio Precise Plan.
  • Letter dated September 16, 2014 to the Los Altos Planning and Transportation Commission on the Los Altos Housing Element.
  • Letter dated September 22, 2014 to the Mountain View City Council on the El Camino Real Precise Plan.
  • Letter dated September 28, 2014 to the Mountain View Environmental Planning Commission on the 1101 El Camino Real housing development
  • Letter dated September 28, 2014 to the Mountain View Environmental Planning Commission on the Housing Element.
  • Letter dated October 5, 2014 to the Mountain View City Council on the San Antonio Precise Plan.
  • Letter dated October 12, 2014 to the Mountain View City Council on affordable housing fees.
  • Letter dated November 10, 2014 to the Mountain View City Council on the development at 1101 El Camino Real West.
  • Letter dated November 13, 2014 to the Mountain View Environmental Planning Commission on the El Camino Real Precise Plan.
  • Letter dated November 15, 2014 to the Mountain View Environmental Planning Commission on the San Antonio Precise Plan.
  • Letter dated November 15, 2014 to the Mountain View City Council on the El Camino Real Precise Plan.
  • Letter dated November 16, 2014 to the Mountain View Environmental Planning Commission on the North Bayshore Precise Plan.
  • Letter dated November 23, 2014 to the Mountain View City Council on the North Bayshore Precise Plan.
  • Letter dated November 30, 2014 to the Mountain View City Council on the San Antonio Precise Plan.
  • Letter dated December 1, 2014 to the Mountain View Environmental Planning Commission on 801 El Camino West.
  • Letter dated December 5, 2014 to the Mountain View City Council on the 801 El Camino Real (Graystar) proposal.
  • Letter dated December 7, 2014 to the Mountain View City Council on affordable housing fees.
  • Letter dated December 14, 2014 to the Mountain View City Council on the ROEM NOFA proposal.

2013 ACTION LETTERS

Los Altos Letters

  • Letter to the Los Altos City Council regarding the 86 Third Street development project
  • letter to the Los Altos City Council regarding AB 1229
  • Letter to the Los Altos PTC regarding the 86 Third Street development project

Mountain View Letters

  • Letter to the Mountain View Environmental Planning Commission regarding the development project at 1984 W El Camino Real
  • Letter to the Mountain View City Council regarding the process used to determine the number of below market rate units in lieu of fees in rental projects
  • Letter to the Mountain View Environmental Planning Commission regarding the Prometheus development at 1616 W El Camino Real
  • letter to the Mountain View City Council regarding gatekeeper projects on the April 16 agenda, Item 7.2
  • Letter to the Mountain View City Council regarding the mixed-use affordable housing project at 819 N. Rengstdorff
  • Letter to the Mountain View City Council regarding the gatekeeper requests on the January 29 agenda
  • Letter to the Mountain View City Council regarding the First Community Housing development
  • Letter to the Mountain View Environmental Planning Commission regarding items 6.1 & 6.2 on the January 16, 2013 agenda

Santa Clara Valley Water District

  • Letter to the Board of the Santa Clara Valley Water District regarding the Permanente Creek Flood Control Project

Governor and Legislators

  • “Letter” to Governor Brown regarding AB 1259

2012 ACTION LETTERS

Los Altos Letters

  • Letter to the Los Altos Architecture and Site Review Committee regarding the development at 4750 El Camino Real, dated January 9, 2012

Mountain View Letters

  • Letter to the Mountain View City Council for the study session regarding General Plan 2030 dated 7/2/2012.
  • Letter to the Mountain View City Council regarding General Plan 2030 dated 7/8/2012.
  • Letter to the Mountain View City Council regarding housing impact fees dated 6/4/2012.
  • Letter to the Mountain View City Council regarding additional funding for the Habitat for Humanity project dated 2/27/2012.
  • Letter to the Mountain View City Council for the study session on the general plan, dated February 13, 2012.
  • Letter to the Mountain View City Council regarding incentives for historic preservation amendments, dated January 22, 2012.
  • Letter to Mountain View staff regarding comments on the draft EIR for the general plan, dated January 13, 2012.

El Camino Hospital

  • The League of Women Voters of the Los Altos-Mountain View Area met with representatives of the El Camino Hospital Board and has submitted a letter with suggestions regarding filling vacant board positions.

LWVC Letters

  • Letter in support of Senate Bill 654 dated January 21, 2012.

2011 ACTION LETTERS

Los Altos Letters

 

Mountain View Letters

  • Letter to the Mountain View City Council regarding the NOFA affordable housing proposals dated November 14, 2011
  • letter to the Mountain View City Council regarding the rental housing impact fee
  • Letter to the Mountain View Environmental Planning Commission regarding the proposed General Plan Map Amendments & Rezoning for 100 Moffett BLVD dated October 17, 2011
  • Letter to the Mountain View Environmental Planning Commission regarding the re-development of Northpark Apartments at 111 N Rengsdorff dated October 3, 2011
  • Letter to the Mountain View Environmental Planning Commission regarding the re-development of the San Antonio Inn property dated September 6, 2011

Other Local Action Letters

2010 ACTION LETTERS

  • Letter sent to the Mountain View City Council dated November 16, 2010 RE General Plan strategy
  • Comments sent to the Mountain View City Council on the current Mayfield proposal.
  • Affordable Housing Strategy for Mountain iew
    LWV Letter to the Mountain View City Council on Affordable Housing Strategy. Dated September 20, 2010.
  • Housing Element for Mountain View
    LWV Letter to the Housing and Community Development Department with Comments on the Mountain View Housing Element. Dated August 26, 2010.
  • 100 First Street Development.
    LWV letter Commenting on Modifications to the 100 First Street Development. Dated August 23, 2010.

2008 ACTION LETTERS

Note: Action letters for 2007 and prior years are collected into an annual .pdf. Click on the relevant year below to see all the letters for that year.

2007 ACTION LETTERS

  • Vidovich Project at 950 San Antonio Rd.
    LWV Letter to the Planning Commission of Los Altos proposing that there be mixed-use development of moderate-income condo units and very-low-income rental units at the Vidovich projects located in Los Altos. Dated July 6, 2007.<
  • Los Altos BMR Housing
    LWV Letter to Architecture and Site Review Committee of Los Altos proposing that the below-market-rate units be targeted to very-low-income households if the housing is rental and moderate-income if the housing is ownership. Dated July 6, 2007.
  • Habitat for Humanity Concept
    Letter to Mountain View City Council supporting Habitat’s concept for ownership housing for very-low-income households because this will provide additional diversity of affordable housing in the city. Dated July 6, 2007.
  • Mayfield Mall Development
    Letter to Mountain View City Council supporting the latest Toll Brothers proposal for Mayfield Mall based on the League position supporting higher density housing near public transportation. Dated July 6, 2007.

2006 ACTION LETTERS

  • Condominium Conversion Ordinance
    Letter to Mountain View City Council asking for better methods to comply with the condominium Conversion Ordinance. Dated March 9, 2006.
  • Affordable Housing Strategy for Mountain View
    Letter to Mountain View City Council recommending an affordable housing strategy to facilitate landbanking. Dated February 26, 2006.

2005 ACTION LETTERS

  • Statement to El Camino Hospital Board of Directors
    A statement was presented at the El Camino Hospital Board of Directors meeting on September 7th, 2005.
  • Below Market Rate (BMR) Programs
    Letter to Mountain View Mayor Matt Neely and the Mountain View City Council recommending that the Council authorize a study of its BMR ordinance. Ideally, a revised ordinance would result in affordable housing units dispersed throughout the community, as intended from the start. Dated August 22, 2005.
  • Affordable Housing Site Recommendation
    Letter to Mountain View Mayor Matt Neely and the Mountain View City Council recommending that a City-owned lot at Franklin and Evelyn Avenues be a prioritized site for affordable housing. Dated August 22, 2005.
  • Letter to El Camino Hospital Board
    LWVLAMV, LWVSU and other community members sent a letter to the El Camino Hospital Board asking that it conduct its business more openly with the community. Read the letter with all its supporting signatures. Dated May 23, 2005.
  • Redistricting for California
    Letter to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on concerning the Reform of the Redistricting Process for California. Dated April 25, 2005.

2004 ACTION LETTERS

  • Water Resource
    Letter to Santa Clara Valley Water District Chairman and Board of Directors regarding Water Resources Protection Collaborative Board Meeting. Dated September 7, 2004.
  • Tax Accountability
    Letter to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger supporting AB 2106 (Ridley-Thomas), the California Tax Expenditure Accountability Act. Dated August 30, 2004.