Indoor dining among the activities expected to resume Wednesday

Outdoor Dining
Town Crier File Photo
Outdoor dining resumed as the winter surge receded earlier this month. March is set to begin with further reopening, for dining and other public activities.

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department announced Thursday that indoor activities – including dining – could be authorized as soon as Wednesday (March 3) if the county is placed in California’s red tier. The county also relaxed some restrictions Friday, while still in the purple tier.

The state determines tiers based on regional health data, but counties have some discretion as to when and how they release restrictions. The red tier would open the door to local indoor use of restaurants, gyms, museums and movie theaters, with capacity limits. Bars, breweries and distilleries where no food is served remain prohibited even for outdoor service until the county reaches the orange tier.

Los Altos seeks help in city manager search

The Los Altos City Council is continuing its nationwide search for a city manager with help from Ralph Andersen & Associates.

Hills man arrested on child porn charges

Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office detectives Thursday (Feb. 25) morning arrested a Los Altos Hills man on suspicion of charges related to child pornography.

Entrance fees now in place at in-demand Palo Alto park

Foothills Park
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Palo Alto city employee Alison Hlady uses a bullhorn Saturday inside the Foothills Nature Preserve ranger station to urge lookie-loos to move along.

As of Tuesday (Feb. 23) there are no free rides into Foothills Nature Preserve – unless, that is, a visitor is a bicyclist, a pedestrian, a veteran, an active member of the military, a student behind the wheel of a vehicle, a volunteer, a person with a disabled placard or someone with a “low income” as defined by the California Department of Housing and Community Development.

Los Altos Hills leaders seeks ADU input, possible housing requirement ‘carve out’

ADU survey
Courtesy of the Town of Los Altos Hills
The town of Los Altos Hills is asking residents to take an ADU survey through Feb. 26.

The town of Los Altos Hills has extended the deadline for a survey meant to, in part, gauge residents’ appetite for the construction of accessory dwelling units. The survey is available online through Friday (Feb. 26).

Halsey House still hotly debated 12 years later

Halsey House
Ted Simon/Special to the Los Altos Town Crier
The Halsey House has remained unused for more than a decade.

To some, the Halsey House is a historical treasure that should be renovated and returned to its past life as a beloved nature center. To others, it’s a dilapidated, rat-infested structure that should be demolished.

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