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Mayor to host downtown walking tour in September

Los Altos Mayor Megan Satterlee plans to host a Sept. 6 walking tour of the city’s newest commercial developments for interested residents.

Satterlee’s announcement of the tour at the July 22 Los Altos City Council meeting came more than two months after she originally discussed the idea with her colleagues May 13.

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LA Council Briefs

The Los Altos City Council took the following actions at its July 22 meeting.

Council amends animal ordinance

The council passed an amendment that eases the ordinance restricting the leading, herding or riding of most animals on public land. The vote was 4-0, with Councilman Jarrett Fishpaw absent from the meeting.

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LA council delays vote on Prop. 13 resolution

The Los Altos City Council last week unanimously opted to postpone its vote on a resolution supporting Proposition 13 reform.

According to a city staff report, the San Francisco-based organization Evolve approached the city earlier this year seeking support for reform of the proposition, which capped residential and commercial property-tax rate increases to 2 percent annually, beginning in 1978. The proposition also calls for the reassessment of sold properties at 1 percent of sale price, with increases capped at 2 percent annually in future years.

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Local tank drainage concerns water-conscious Los Altos resident

Los Altos resident Frank McKee recently watched water flowing down Valencia Drive and knew something wasn’t right.

The water was emptying from a 30,000-gallon California Water Service Co. tank on Valencia, near Los Altos High School. The water flowed for several hours, McKee said, pouring out of a storm drain.

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Neighbors unite to protect park


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A modern-art sculpture graces McKenzie Park in Los Altos, the subject of recent discussion as a possible school site.

A group of residents recently launched a petition effort to prevent McKenzie Park from being considered as a future school site.

Clinton Road resident John Snedigar told the Town Crier via email that he’s among a group of nearby residents and business owners who established a Change.org petition website and created a Facebook page, Save McKenzie Park, to preserve the park and prevent it from being designated a school site.

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Council approves water conservation resolution

The Los Altos City Council June 24 unanimously approved a resolution that calls on the city to follow more stringent water conservation measures.

The council’s 5-0 vote came after the Santa Clara Valley Water District reported in May that several of its reservoirs stood at less than 40 percent of its average storage over the past 20 years. In January, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency, requesting that Californians reduce their water consumption by 20 percent to help offset demand during the current severe drought conditions. Los Altos adopted a water conservation resolution in 2009 that called for a 15 percent reduction, compared with the city’s 2004 water use.

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LAH Council Briefs


The Los Altos Hills City Council voted to advance a preliminary proposal for a 1.64-acre dog park near the intersection of Purissima and Elena roads.

Following are highlights from the June 19 Los Altos Hills City Council meeting. For details of the town’s budget discussion, see the story in the June 25 paper. The next meeting is scheduled 6 p.m. July 16 at town hall, 26375 W. Fremont Road.

Bats keep swinging at Purissima fields

The council unanimously renewed a three-year contract with Los Altos and Los Altos Hills Little League for use of Purissima Park.

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