Curt Riffle MROSD trustee

Curt Riffle – May 16 Lunch with the League


Open Space-the next 40 years-Measure AA-June 3 Ballot

Curt Riffle — board member for  our Mountain View-Los Altos ward of the Midpeninsua Regional Open Space District (MROSD) — will be our speaker. Come learn more about what the bond money will do and ask questions.  Cost is $25 per person. RSVP online now for this lunch with the League. Space is limited.

Our League supported the formation of MROSD in 1972 and we believe that the District has done an outstanding job in acquiring property for “passive” recreational use and for protecting open space resources. Over 62,000 acres have been protected since MROSD’s inception. Now the District needs funding to open much of this acreage to the public, and to fund additional acquisitions.

Recently the board completed a series of public visioning meetings to shape the direction and priorities of the District.  The resulting plan reflects the public’s input on the 25 top projects to expand, enhance, and connect regional trails and open space areas, to preserve open space, and to complete restoration projects.  The Leagues of Women Voters of Santa Clara County and San Mateo County have endorsed the ballot measure, Measure AA, because our natural resources position supports measures that ensure adequate parks and protection of natural resources, open space, and agricultural land, both outside urban growth boundaries and in urbanized areas


See the top 25 projects here.

Measure AA calls for $300 million bond for open space district   San Jose Mercury

MROSD bond goes to voters – Half Moon Bay Review   Half Moon Bay Review  the Yes on AA Facebook page

May 16 – 11:30 am to 1 pm
Ristorante Bella Vita
376 First Street, Los Altos

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James Walgren Los Altos, lunch with the league

James Walgren – April 18 Lunch with the League

Los Altos Planning April 18 Lunch with the League 
James Walgren headshot, lunch with the league



Development in the City of Los Altos

James Walgren, Director of Community Development for the City of Los Altos is our speaker. He will be sharing his insights on balancing aspects of development — commercial & office development, city infrastructure projects, affordable housing, preserving neighborhoods and transportation. He can address how city staff is implementing and influencing city council policy.  Cost is $25 per person. RSVP online now for this lunch with the League. Space is limited.

To prep for Q&A with James, check out the Housing Reading List from last month that we are recommending again  here.

Ristorante Bella Vita

376 First Street, Los Altos
11:30am to 1pm


Make your selections using the form below. RSVP by 4/16. For questions contact Natalie Elefant at 650-383-5590 or at [email protected]

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How to register and pay by check

You can RSVP by email to Margaret Brooks with your choice of entree, lemon chicken or vegetarian pasta and arrange for payment. Alternatively, until April 15 you can mail a check made out to the League of Women Voters Mountain View-Los Altos. Thereafter please email or phone Natalie Elefant at 650-383-5590 to arrange in person payment.  Please add attendee names, menu selections and a memo to the check that the payment is for LWL 04/18/2014 so that we may process your check properly. If mailing, mail the check and your notations to the League office at 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos, CA 94022.


 Glossary of Affordable Housing Terms

The co-chair of our Affordable Housing Committee –Sue Russell– has recently developed a draft version of a Glossary of Housing Development Terms you may want to refer to or print out before the lunch. It includes a review of laws and housing programs as they apply specifically to Los Altos and Mountain View.


James Walgren, AICP
Assistant City Manager and Director of Community Development
City of Los Altos
“Downtown Public & Private Projects”

James Walgren has worked for the City of Los Altos for over 14 years.  In his present position, James directs the Community Development Department, including the Planning Division, the Building Plan Check and Inspection Division, the Engineering Services Division and the Economic Development Division.   With a staff of about twenty five, James administers a $3.5 million annual operating budget and an approximately $2 million annual capital projects program.

James earned a B.S. in City and Regional Planning from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, with an emphasis in architecture and urban design. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, the American Planning Association, and the Santa Clara County Association of Planning Officials.  James and his wife Kerry have two  sons  – Andrew, 17, and Christian, 13.

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