Safeway officials eye June opening

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Safeway officials anticipate a grand opening in late June for the new 45,000-square-foot market at 160 First St.

Safeway officials reported last week that construction of the new 45,000-square-foot grocery store on First Street will wrap up in time for a grand opening in late June.

According to Wendy Gutschall, Safeway’s Northern California Division public and government affairs manager, the podium-style market’s construction remains within the timeline officials originally set. Construction crews began razing the former single-story Safeway store – which served Los Altos for more than 45 years – in June 2013, more than a year after the Los Altos City Council approved the national grocer’s plans to rebuild at 160 First St.


A library for the people, by the people

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New Los Altos librarian Judith Gregg, appointed to the position March 17, invites residents to play a role in the city’s library programming.

Los Altos’ new head librarian not only wants residents to view the city’s two libraries as valued local resources, but also as places for them to share their passions with others.

Judith Gregg, appointed community librarian of the main library and Woodland Branch March 17, said she aims to bring an open-door approach to her new position. She wants Los Altos and Los Altos Hills residents to have a hand in determining local programming. Part of her plan includes scheduling more poetry readings and book talks by local authors promoting their work.


District delivers final offer for BCS facilities

The Los Altos School District delivered its final facilities offer for Bullis Charter School last week, including slight modifications from the preliminary offer.

The district and the charter school continued to disagree over projected enrollment at Bullis Charter School next year. Charter school officials estimated 678 in-district students, and the district designed its final offer to accommodate a counterprojection of 605 in-district students – a 73-student disparity.


Local police, IRS issue tax-scam warnings

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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.


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.


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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