The overhaul, expected to cost $1.2 million and run into spring 2021, is aimed at rewriting key parts of the so-called R3 residential zones — multifamily housing zoning districts concentrated in numerous Mountain View neighborhoods primarily located north of El Camino Real. The initial scope of the plan was approved at the Nov. 12 City Council meeting.
City staffers are seeking to update the R3 zoning code to encourage a mix of medium-density housing and less common building types, including duplexes, triplexes, fourplexes, courtyard housing and smaller condominiums and apartment structures. These types of housing projects are often easier to fit on smaller properties, and the hope is that these "less common housing types" may be more naturally affordable, according to a city staff report.
The scope of the city's rewrite puts a particular focus on "stacked flats," a type of construction that multiple council members have favored in recent years as a desirable building design worth prioritizing even if it means additional density.
On the whole, however, council members shied away from the idea of imposing a minimum density ordinance as part of the new zoning standards, arguing it could create less desirable projects in a market where developers are often already looking to maximize the number of units to make projects pencil out financially.
Affordable health insurance sessions on Saturday
To ensure more people are covered with health insurance, Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian and Valley Health Plan will host three information sessions this Saturday, Nov. 16, about low-cost insurance options and how to apply for them.
The sessions will allow attendees to ask questions during the open enrollment period for Covered California insurance that opened Oct. 15 and closes on Jan. 31.
It's the only time of the year that people can elect to receive health coverage through the Affordable Health Care Act. Outside of the open enrollment period, people can qualify for affordable health insurance if they experience a life event such as the birth of a child or the loss of a work-based plan. And because California recently made more people eligible for aid in paying premiums, those who did not qualify in the past may now be eligible.
The sessions will take place in Palo Alto from 10-11 a.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 555 Waverley St.; in Mountain View from noon-1 p.m. at Community Services Agency's offices, 204 Stierlin Road; and in Los Altos from 2-3 p.m. at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley names next artistic leader
Tim Bond has been appointed the next artistic director of TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, the arts organization announced Tuesday. Bond will take over for founder Robert Kelley, who will step down in June after 50 years with the Tony Award-winning regional theater company.
"We are delighted Tim Bond has accepted this position," TheatreWorks board of trustees Chairman Roy Johnson said in a press release. "With his stellar national career at major regional theatres as both an award-winning director and administrator, his tireless promotion of new works, and his extensive commitment to diversity and inclusion, Tim brings an extraordinary blend of experience and expertise. We are confident he will honor the profound legacy of Robert Kelley, ensuring TheatreWorks continues the work Kelley began 50 years ago of presenting art that serves our community and contributes to the national theatre narrative."
Bond, who holds a bachelor's degree in dramatic arts from Howard University and a master's degree in directing from the University of Washington, is one of the world's leading interpreters of the works of August Wilson and, over a three-decade career, has worked as artistic director of Seattle Group Theatre, associate artistic director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and producing artistic director at Syracuse Stage. He was also a professor at the Syracuse University Department of Drama and University of Washington's School of Drama, heading its actor training program.
"Our three-year search process involved our Board, staff, and members of the community. Out of the over 100 candidates who initially expressed interest in the position, I can't think of a better individual to carry forward the values of artistic excellence, community, diversity, and a respect for New Work and the role of music in theatre than Tim Bond," TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Executive Director Phil Santora said in the press release. "He brings an international scope of experience with a commitment to our home community. He is the perfect artistic director for our 51st season and beyond."
Bond has also served on the national boards of trustees for Theatre Communications Group and the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young Audiences (ASSITEJ), according to the press statement.
"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue Robert Kelley's great work, and to lead this spirited company into its next exciting phase," Bond said.
More information is available at theatreworks.org.
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