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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


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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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PTC green lights one project, continues another


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The Planning and Transportation Commission approved BevMo!’s plan to move from Mountain View to El Camino Real in Los Altos.

The Los Altos Planning and Transportation Commission last week narrowly recommended approval of a commercial building expansion while holding off on a final decision on another nearby project.

During its July 17 meeting, the PTC voted 4-3 in favor of an El Camino Real commercial building remodel and expansion that will serve as the future home of BevMo! Commissioners Mike McTighe, Ken Lorell and Jon Baer cast the dissenting votes. The project must now head to the Los Altos City Council at an undetermined date for final ap- proval.

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Passerelle hosts Foothill Expressway workshop


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A public workshop for residents seeks input on improving safety for cyclists and pedestrians along Foothill Expressway.

Passerelle Investment Co. is slated to host a public workshop Tuesday (July 29) in downtown Los Altos to discuss safety measures for pedestrians and cyclists crossing Foothill Expressway.

Brooke Ray Smith, the company’s community development director, said the public input from the workshop will be included in the Safe Routes to Downtown Los Altos study by consultant Nelson Nygaard Consulting Associates. The study examines existing safety conditions for two of the county expressway’s intersections: Main Street and Edith Avenue.

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