New opportunity for small businesses to apply for PPP loans

Small businesses in Los Altos have through March 10 to apply for additional Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo’s office and the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce have announced. The new, limited application period applies to businesses of 20 employees or fewer.

Los Altos, Los Altos Hills still among priciest neighborhoods in Bay Area

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View from the 9,800-square-foot Los Altos Hills mansion pop star Beyoncé rented for $10,000 a night for Superbowl 50, which took place at Levi’s Stadium in 2016. The singer performed with Coldplay during the halftime show.

The recession caused by the pandemic did little to stifle the cost of buying a home in the Bay Area, and real estate in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills remains among the top tier of neighborhoods in the region.

A report released last month by Compass Real Estate ranks Los Altos Hills as the fifth priciest neighborhood in the Bay Area to purchase a home, with the median house sales price coming in at $4.2 million. Los Altos came in 11th, with its median price for a home at $3.35 million.

Restaurants see extra charges from delivery services despite county fee cap

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Several Los Altos restaurants have reported seeing charges from third-party delivery services higher than the limit set recently in an ordinance passed by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.

Some third-party delivery services have been slow to follow a recent ordinance passed in Santa Clara County that caps fees charged to restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Los Altos restaurant owner reverses course after planning to defy outdoor dining ban

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Employees at The Post construct a parklet in October outside the restaurant for outdoor dining. The restaurant had planned to defy recent restrictions and reopen outdoor dining this week.

This article was updated on Dec. 10 at 4:30 p.m.

At least one Los Altos restaurant planned to defy the state’s ban on outdoor dining as part of the latest shelter-in-place order that began this week, but reversed course after city officials said they would crack down on potential violations.

Bell Tower Cafe temporarily shutters due to pandemic

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Bell Tower Cafe in Rancho Shopping Center is temporarily closing due to the effects of the pandemic.

In his eight years running restaurants and nightclubs, Danny Shafazand never had to lay off an employee – until COVID-19 hit.

Shelter-in-place order is another blow to Los Altos’ struggling businesses

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A shelter-in-place order would mean local restaurants can no longer have outdoor dining. Many downtown Los Altos restaurants have constructed parklets to facilitate outdoor dining.

Santa Clara County, along with most of the Bay Area, was placed under another shelter-in-place order on Sunday, meaning many nonessential businesses including retail and restaurants either will have to close or operate under strict guidelines.

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