Report predicts home sales to increase slightly in 2015

California’s housing market will see fewer investors, more available homes and a return to traditional homebuyers as home sales rise modestly and prices flatten out in 2015, according to the California Association of Realtors’ 2015 California Housing Market Forecast.

Leslie Appleton-Young, the association’s vice president and chief economist, delivered an expanded forecast during the California Realtors Expo 2014, held in October at the Anaheim Convention Center.


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Dec. 20, 6:30 p.m., 2300 block of Homestead Road: An unknown suspect stole a wallet from an unlocked vehicle while the victim was shopping at Trader Joe’s. Police noted that the wallet was in a visible location inside the vehicle at the time of the incident.

Residential burglaries

Dec. 20, 5:46 p.m., 1200 block of Portland Avenue: An unknown suspect attempted to break into a home twice – via a locked window and later a locked door. The suspect fled the scene after triggering the home’s alarm.


Downtown continues to thrive, but some longtime businesses bid goodbye

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Scenes from 2014, clockwise, from top left: Los Altos School District officials track election results; a construction crew puts the finishing touches on the new Safeway; local residents collaborate on the evolving design for a new civic center; the November election season generates a host of campaign signs; a dearth of downtown parking continues to confound city officials and residents alike; and then-Mayor Megan Satterlee, with umbrella, leads a walking tour highlighting downtown development.

The year 2014 was very good for the Los Altos community, by most standards. The booming economy meant better business for downtown merchants and the debuts of several new stores.

The heavy-duty construction on First Street had some local residents pondering either the end of one downtown era or the beginning of a new one. Los Altos welcomed a new Safeway, twice the size of the previous one, while work proceeded on a major three-story condominium project and a mixed-use, office-retail complex at the corner of Main and First streets. Enchanté, the three-story boutique hotel at Main and San Antonio Road, prepared to open its doors as the year drew to a close.


Merry spirits: Traditional holiday drinks and memories that surround them

Christine Moore/Special to the Town Crier
Town Crier columnist Christine Moore’s holiday drink menu includes her take on the Moscow Mule, the Bucking Reindeer.

Growing up, our dogs were always outside dogs. We lived in the country, which made us outside children. The arrangement worked just fine for canines and kids alike.


City council approves increased traffic impact fees

Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Higher developer fees should offset the expense of maintaining collector roads such as Cuesta Drive.

The price of property development in Los Altos recently became a little steeper.

The Los Altos City Council voted unanimously Dec. 9 to adopt a resolution that increases the traffic impact fees levied against new single-family, multiple-family, commercial, office and senior housing developments within the city.


Scenes from holiday happenings

Enjoy a selection of photos from holiday events in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

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Police Blotter: Best of the bad deeds

Following is a look back at some of the Police Blotter’s strangest misdeeds of 2014 and the people who committed them.

Drug arrest

March 5, 5:57 p.m.: Police arrested a 51-year-old male for being under the influence of a controlled substance in public. Police received a report that the man was seen dancing and running up to cars on San Antonio Road. While en route, police received a second report that the man ran into Armadillo Willy’s, grabbed a knife and waved it around. Upon arrival, police received a third report that the suspect was once again exhibiting strange behavior across the street at a gas station. The suspect later admitted to officers that he had smoked crack cocaine earlier that day.


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