Editorial: They don’t care about small businesses

Last Thursday, the Los Altos Hills City Council showed its disdain and lack of concern for the small businesses in Los Altos that are struggling through this pandemic.

They voted unanimously to contribute $5,000 to the Los Altos Small Business Relief Fund. The city of Los Altos started the fund with $250,000 and asked Los Altos Hills to match it.

Embarrassing, insulting or – use your own pejorative. Los Altos Hills funded one $5,000 grant. Perhaps council members would like to name the sole, single business to benefit from their largesse.

Every year, at the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce-hosted State of the Cities event, the mayor of Los Altos Hills gushes about how town residents rely on the businesses in Los Altos as their shopping district.

They may shop or eat here, but the Los Altos Hills City Council expressed zero compassion, zero empathy and zero concern about the local, small-business merchants in their shopping district.

Los Altos and Los Altos Hills have long been joined at the hip in support of each other’s communities. So we are shocked and dismayed – and frankly ticked off – to hear Hills council members essentially say that struggling small businesses in Los Altos are not their problem.

We understand their arguments about fiscal responsibility, but we believe supporting these businesses is our collective responsibility. It is our collective problem.

Both communities – not just Los Altos – need to rise to the occasion.

Disclosure: Dennis Young, Town Crier co-publisher, is a member of the Los Altos Small Business Relief Fund Steering Committee.

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