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Mixed-use project back for new review

A mixed-use development proposal for the site of a former San Antonio Road gas station will soon undergo a second round of public review.

According to Los Altos Planning Services Manager David Kornfield, the Planning and Transportation Commission (PTC) will once again review the 897 N. San Antonio Road project, which plans for approximately 2,000 square feet of office space and four second-floor residential units, by Sept. 4.

PTC members originally opted to continue the review of the project, located at the corner of San Antonio and Sherwood Avenue, after concerns about landscaping and the width of adjacent sidewalks surfaced. In addition, some commissioners voiced reservations about the project’s parking provisions, based on a report projecting the number of car trips the project could add to the surrounding neighborhood.

“(The PTC) was generally supportive but wanted to refine some of the details,” Kornfield said of the commission’s overall position on the project.

Kornfield added that the project’s updated plans call for a widened sidewalk, from 4 to 5 feet, along Sherwood. The plans also add 4-foot landscaping strips (with trees and other elements) on sidewalk segments around the property.

A “rather blank” north wall abutting the adjacent property, previously incorporated in the design, has also been updated, he said.

The next meeting is scheduled 7 p.m. Sept. 4 in the Los Altos community meeting chambers at 1 N. San Antonio Road.

DA’s Office issues new scam warning

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office last week issued a new email scam alert involving online retailer Amazon.

According to the DA’s Office, some county residents recently received scam emails from an account purportedly associated with Amazon.com seeking payment validation for items purchased online. Specifically, the fraudulent emails ask victims to obtain prepaid Green Dot MoneyPak cards using cash.

The notice instructs victims to send via email or fax scanned copies of the prepaid cards – with the 14-digit identifying number visible – along with payment receipts to validate Amazon transactions.

The DA’s Office urges residents not to open any attachments or click any links from suspected scam emails.

Amazon uses only the following domains to secure payments.

• https://payments.amazon. com

• https://resolutioncenter.payments.amazon.com

• https://authorize.payments.amazon.com

Any deviations (such as dashes, an IP address string, etc.) contained in the Web addresses are fraudulent, according to the DA’s Office. In some cases, the bogus emails are designed to redirect customers to a fraudulent website simply by clicking anywhere on the email text.

Anyone receiving a suspected fraud email is encouraged to contact the Santa Clara County DA’s Office by visiting sccgov.org.

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