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Local police, IRS issue tax-scam warnings

By Diego Abeloos

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Police Blotter

Pedestrian struck by vehicle

A female pedestrian was taken to a local hospital after being struck by a vehicle in downtown Los Altos Friday afternoon.

According to police, a female motorist attempting to make a left turn from Main Street struck the pedestrian at a “slow speed” while she was using the crosswalk to cross State Street at approximately 4:30 p.m. Medical responders at the scene transported the victim to a local hospital for treatment after she complained of wrist and head pain.

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News Brief

USPS offers tips on property-tax payments

Residents concerned about whether the Santa Clara County Tax Collector's Office will receive their mailed property tax payments in a timely manner can get a helping hand from the post office, according to local U.S. Postal Service (USPS) representatives.

Taxpayers submitting property-tax payments via mail can protect themselves from costly late penalties by purchasing a certificate of mailing – proof that the mail payment was accepted on that date. Taxpayers may also request that employees at their local USPS office hand cancel the payment. Hand canceling requires USPS officials to manually “cancel out” postage so that it can’t be used again by hand-stamping it with a date.

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Los Altos Council Briefs

The Los Altos City Council took the following actions at its March 25 meeting.

Community engagement subcommittee approved

The Los Altos City Council unanimously approved the formation of an ad hoc committee to explore potential improvements to the city’s public engagement practices.

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If not history, then baseball: Author Doris Kearns Goodwin draws a crowd at book signing


Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos resident Jackie Wallace, left, engages in a conversation with author Doris Kearns Goodwin, right, at Main Street Cafe & Books. Dozens of guests waited in line to get books signed by the famous author.

Author and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin passed through Los Altos last week, speaking at the Foothill College Celebrity Forum Speakers Series and signing books at Main Street Cafe & Books.

Goodwin described pausing amid sprees of presidential writing to pay ardent attention to her other great love, the Boston Red Sox. Baseball fans dotted the crowd waiting for a word and an autograph last week. But presidents still proved the primary draw.

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Downtown pop-up park returns this summer


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While the State Street Green will grace downtown Los Altos again this summer, negotiations continue over its precise location.

The State Street Green pop-up park is making a comeback this summer – though it may need a name change.

The Los Altos City Council last week voted 4-1 in favor of reviving the temporary park in the downtown area after the completion of the annual Arts & Wine Festival this summer.

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LA City Council approves drafting parking plaza reconfiguration rule


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The Los Altos City Council is drafting a policy to address persistent parking problems downtown. The proposal gives property owners the ability to fund the reconfiguration of public parking plazas and satisfy minimum parking requirements.

Downtown property owners simultaneously trying to redevelop their land and meet city-mandated parking requirements may soon have a mechanism to accomplish their goals.

The Los Altos City Council last week voted 4-1 in favor of developing a policy that would give property owners on Main and State streets the ability to fund the reconfiguration of public parking plazas and satisfy minimum parking requirements imposed by the city on developments.

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