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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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Police Blotter

Residential burglaries

July 21, 12:01 p.m., 1000 block of Ranchita Drive: An unknown suspect entered a home construction site overnight, broke into a stand-alone storage unit and stole a flat-screen television.

July 22, 4:23 p.m., 500 block of Lincoln Avenue: Someone pried open a window to a home, ransacked the master bedroom and stole laptops and jewelry. The loss was approximately $27,000, police reported.

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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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County DA warns of IRS scammers

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office issued an alert last week warning residents of scammers posing as IRS and court officials.

Deputy District Attorney Janet Berry told the Town Crier that some county residents recently received emails and phone calls from people claiming that the IRS has filed criminal charges against them for unpaid taxes. Another scam moving through the area, she noted, involves people posing as jury commissioners who threaten victims with arrest warrants for failure to appear for jury duty.

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LASD, BCS boards finalize 5-year agreement

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Bullis Charter School board members unanimously approved a five-year agreement with the Los Altos School District just before midnight Monday.

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Downtown green park pops up again in August


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Third Street Green debuts Aug. 3 on the 300 block of State Street in downtown Los Altos.

Another temporary park is poised to pop up in downtown Los Altos this summer.

According to Brooke Ray Smith, community development director for Passerelle Investment Co., the Third Street Green is slated to open Aug. 3 and will remain in place through the end of the month. Located on Third Street between State Street and Plaza North, the pop-up park is the second of its kind to appear in the downtown triangle this summer.

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