BY ALLISON LEVITSKY
Daily Post Staff Writer
Los Altos City Council on Tuesday (June 12) will consider countering a citizens initiative to keep the city from selling public land without voter approval with a version that would only protect park land.
It would cost the city $50,000 to place each measure on the November ballot. Both measures would cost $100,000.
The city’s ballot measure would also reclassify Hillview Park as park land in order to require voter approval for its sale.
The citizens initiative would keep the city from selling more than 7,500 square feet of public land without voter approval.
The group Pro Parks Los Altos has collected more than 2,900 signatures, though only 1,943 were required to put it on the ballot.
Supporters say the city has tried to sell public land for years despite residents’ opposition, citing a proposed theater at Village Park and a school at Rosita Park.
Last year, 23andMe founder Anne Wojcicki’s development firm, Los Altos Community Investments, pulled its application to build an office building that encroached onto a city parking lot. The agreement by the city to allow the firm to use city land sparked a furor in the community.
Unlike the citizens initiative, other public land, including parking lots, could be sold with a City Council vote. Council could also still decide whether to approve the citizens initiative without putting it on the ballot.