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Water district reps address LAH concerns over project taxation

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 Gary Kremen

Los Altos Hills residents, city councilmembers and even the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board chairman have protested taxes for water the district doesn't deliver.

"We're getting taxed for something we're not receiving, and dagnabbit, it's unfair," said city councilmember Gary Waldeck during the council's specially scheduled April 20 meeting.

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More water restrictions trickling down the pipe

April was a rough month for water resources.

It began dismally April 1 when the Sierra Nevada snowpack measured 5 percent of the historical average – the lowest reading since 1950. In what were considered normal precipitation years, the snowpack supplied approximately 30 percent of California’s water needs as it melted in the spring and summer. Not this year.

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New public art coming to parks, sidewalk

Three art installations will soon spruce up some Los Altos parks and – pending further review – the sidewalk in front of the downtown Safeway.

The Los Altos City Council April 14 approved installation of a 13-foot-tall painted steel piece valued at $3,000 in Village Park, in addition to a collection of three ocean-inspired clay totems valued at $3,500 in Marymeade Park.

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Airbnb house party invites ire from Rosita residents


Courtesy of Amy Jermyn
A Rosita Avenue home listed on Airbnb became the site of an unruly party April 11. Neighbors are urging the city to intervene.

Rosita Avenue residents are looking to the city of Los Altos for answers after an April 11 party raged out of control at a home rented through Airbnb.

In what was described by neighbors as a “mob scene,” an estimated 200-250 partygoers – primarily teens – parked cars on Rosita and beyond, cranked up the music, smashed beer bottles, threw eggs and hopped over fences into neighboring properties.

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Parking-memo investigation to conclude in 'weeks'

The investigation into an allegedly forged city document should wrap up within a few weeks, according to City Manager Marcia Somers.

“I am committed to ensuring a fair and unbiased process through the use of an outside, independent party to conduct the investigation,” she wrote in an email to the Town Crier. “City officials are not able to comment on, nor provide any details about, an ongoing investigation.”

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LA Council Briefs

The Los Altos City Council took the following actions at its March 24 meeting.

Council suggests tweaks to Climate Action Plan

The council received the annual report for Climate Action Plan implementation. Councilmembers requested that staff identify ways for commercial buildings to incorporate green features if owners opt for more than net-zero energy.

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City investigates allegation of memo forgery

Los Altos City Manager Marcia Somers said she will conduct an investigation into claims that someone tampered with a city document to misrepresent the history of downtown parking.

At the April 1 meeting of the new Citywide Parking Committee, committee member Kim Cranston voiced concern over a memorandum titled “History and Documentation of Downtown Parking.”

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