On the Market: What you need to know before paying your property taxes

Don’t forget that your property taxes are due Thursday – at least the first half. Following is a primer on property taxes.

State auditor slams California’s affordable housing efforts

The California State Auditor’s Office published a blistering report last month criticizing the state’s efforts to address the affordable housing crisis, including lacking a clear plan and wasting $2.7 billion in bond money.
In a letter addressed to the governor and state legislative leaders, state auditor Elaine Howle also wrote that state oversight and legislation at the local level is “not strong enough to ensure that cities and counties are doing their part to facilitate the construction of affordable housing.”

LA council sends letter opposing housing allocation figures

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The proposed Altos One development, pictured above in December 2019, is set to offer 10 affordable housing units, boosting Los Altos’ supply as the state calls for numbers the city is struggling to meet.

The Los Altos City Council submitted a letter to the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) last week voicing its disapproval of proposed housing allocation figures from the state.

Transactions for the week of Dec. 2

Los Altos

1057 Covington Road, Citraro Trust to S. Mukherjee for $4,475,000
226 W. Edith Avenue No. 23, D. Eaton to L. & C. Fling for $1,150,000

Los Altos council to send letter disapproving of housing allocation figures

The Los Altos City Council plans to submit a letter to the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) this week to voice its disapproval over proposed housing allocation figures from the state.

On the Market: Winter is coming — What should homeowners do to prepare?

It doesn’t seem that long ago that we were complaining about how hot it was and how dry our hillsides had become. Well, winter is now almost upon us and before the rains hit in earnest, you should get your house ready to withstand the elements. In the Bay Area, we are fortunate to have such a mild climate that we don’t need to worry about freezing pipes, plowing the driveway or ice dams on our roofs.

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