County, city officials: Severe storm brewing

Flash Flood Warning
Courtesy of the NWS
A flash flood warning is in effect for most of the San Francisco Bay Area from Tuesday afternoon through Thursday afternoon.

Government officials across Santa Clara County issued warnings Tuesday (Jan. 26) about severe weather headed into the area.

Sheriff’s Office charges Los Altos resident for Los Altos Hills burglaries

Christopher Owen
Courtesy of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office
Among the items Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office officials recovered from suspect Christopher Owen’s Los Altos home.

Los Altos Hills residents might gain some respite – and the return of some of their stolen valuables – following the arrest of a Los Altos man in connection to a string of recent residential and vehicle burglaries in the Hills. 

Renters get another reprieve as state extends eviction moratorium

Financially stretched Mountain View renters will get extended relief from eviction after state officials announced Jan. 25 an extension of their COVID-19 eviction moratorium to June 30.

COVID-19 Live Blog: Regional shelter-in-place order lifted

Gov. Gavin Newsom lifted the state’s regional stay-at-home order on Monday (Jan. 25), loosening restrictions in regions that have been under the order since December such as the Bay Area.

Los Altos Police Department to encrypt its radio system

The Los Altos Police Department plans to begin encrypting its police radio communications in March, a decision that will restrict how the public and media can monitor ongoing law enforcement activity in their neighborhoods.

Unprecedented crowds could mean entrance fees at Foothills Park

Foothills Park
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Foothills Park visitors wander around Boronda Lake Jan. 9, the first day city officials implemented temporary vehicle access restrictions.

In response to the rapid influx of visitors to Foothills Park, the Palo Alto City Council Tuesday (Jan. 19) approved an amendment to the city’s municipal code allowing a temporary $6-per-vehicle entrance fee starting March 4. The change, however, is contingent on a second council reading of the proposed ordinance Monday (Feb. 1), and the passage of a future emergency ordinance could accelerate the policy change start date to Feb. 20.


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