It's not the taxman – it's a phone scam

It’s tax season – and that means scam season.

Los Altos and Mountain View police have been inundated with calls from local residents in the wake of today’s tax deadline, reporting phony messages from callers claiming to be IRS enforcement agents.


Sewer repair project in works on Springer

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The sewer construction project on Springer Road is expected to cause traffic delays through April 24. A crew works on the intersection of Springer and Cuesta Drive, above.

Motorists can anticipate delays on Springer Road – between Rosita Avenue and Paco Drive – through April 24 as the city undertakes a sewer repair project.

Left-hand turns are restricted on the designated segment of roadway. Left-hand turns are prohibited for southbound and northbound traffic on Springer, with the exception of Paco Drive. Northbound traffic on Springer may turn left onto Paco. Left-hand turns are prohibited from Paco, Arboleda Drive, westbound Cuesta Drive and southbound Springer. Westbound and eastbound traffic on Cuesta will remain open, but drivers should expect delays.


MV fire chief retires; deputy chief named interim

Mountain View will soon experience a changeover in fire chief leadership.

Fire Chief Brad Wardle, on the job the past five years, last week announced his intention to leave the department, effective May 23. Deputy Chief Juan Diaz will serve as interim fire chief.


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.


Suspects arrested in LA burglaries, theft

The Santa Clara County Auto Theft Task Force last week arrested two San Jose residents on suspicion of stealing a car in Los Altos. Both suspects were booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

A member of the task force found Jose Valdez and Jonathan Torres in a vehicle stolen from Marinovich Way April 7, according to Los Altos Police Sgt. Mark Bautista. Stolen property in the vehicle linked Valdez and Torres to car break-ins from earlier that day, Bautista said.


Police Blotter

Residential burglaries

April 6, 9:56 a.m., 1300 block of Sunrise Court: An unknown suspect opened an unlocked vehicle in a driveway and used the garage door opener to enter the garage. The suspect stole a resident’s wallet from another unlocked vehicle and 20 bottles of tequila from the garage. Police noted that three other vehicles on the street had been rummaged through, though nothing else was stolen.

April 6, 4:10 p.m., 500 block of Panchita Way: At a residential construction site, an unknown suspect cut through a chain-link fence, pried open a rear sliding door and stole $4,500 worth of tools.


Residents furious in aftermath of big party

Rosita Avenue neighbors are looking to the city of Los Altos for answers after suffering from an April 11 party overrun with an estimated 200-250 guests.

In what was described as a “mob scene,” the party-goers, mostly teens, lined cars up and down the street and beyond, cranked up the music, smashed beer bottles, threw eggs, and allegedly hopped over fences into neighboring properties. Los Altos police confirmed it was the largest party in recent memory.

According to Rosita neighbors, the house was rented for an 18-year-old's birthday party through the online service, Airbnb. The homeowner, living off site, had been regularly renting out the unfurnished house using the service. Prices for use of entire Los Altos homes go for between $295 and $800 a night.

Police reported no arrests and no injuries as the crowd scattered when officers arrived. Despite relatively minor physical damage, the incident left some residents furious and looking for ways to avoid a repeat occurrence.

One neighborhood representative brought the incident to the attention of the Los Altos City Council at its April 14 meeting. 

Rosita resident Pilar Parducci thinks the city should add restrictions.

“The police presently have no tools to address the underlying circumstances (a vacant house being rented on a daily basis),” Parducci said in an email. “Imposition of legal restrictions on this activity is a matter for the city council through its administration of zoning restrictions generally and the municipal code in particular.  The police can only enforce laws that exist.”

Expect more coverage on this Web site and in the April 22 Los Altos Town Crier print edition.

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