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Towing policy continues for special events

The Los Altos City Council voted last month to maintain the current policy of towing illegally parked vehicles at special events, including the Farmers’ Market, the Rotary Club’s Fine Art in the Park event, the Kiwanis Pet Parade and summer Friday Movie Nights.

Cars parked in posted zones before street closures will be towed at the expense of the vehicle owner.

The city council directed officials to explore alternatives to the current towing policy, and staff expanded the scope of the review to include all aspects of the special-events process.

City considers lifting ban on gas-powered leaf blowers

While Los Altos currently bans gas-powered leaf blowers, Los Altos city officials are considering a revised restriction that would allow their use during limited hours.

The ban went into effect June 1991 after residents voted to prohibit gas blowers due to the noise and pollution. However, city crews and maintenance personnel must use portable gas generators to operate the electric blowers, according to Assistant City Manager James Walgren.

Last year the Los Altos Police Department received 140 complaints – twice the 71 calls received in 2009 – relating to the use of gas-powered blowers, Walgren said. Because enforcement of the ordinance is a challenge, “repealing the ban is the best approach from an administrative and enforcement standpoint,” he said.

The restructured ban may be on the Los Altos City Council agenda for the meeting scheduled 7 p.m. Tuesday, Walgren said.

For more information, visit www.losaltosca.gov.

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