Los Altos Hills committee chairwoman resigns following accusations of misbehavior

Updated 3:45 p.m. Sept. 21: Los Altos Hills Mayor Michelle Wu on Monday (Sept. 21) announced the cancellation of a special city council meeting meant to address allegations against a town volunteer.

Los Altos Hills forums underscore wildfire preparation

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The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue crew conducts a field search in the town of Paradise during the Camp Fire recovery operations in November 2018.

Evacuation warnings from a circling helicopter’s loudspeaker provided Amber Bowers with her first indication of the fire threat to her Boulder Creek neighborhood.

Los Altos Hills commission supports expanded tree protections

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Byrne Preserve visitors relax under an oak, the only tree species currently designated for protection by name in Los Altos Hills.

Los Altos Hills’ Environmental Design and Protection Committee began researching an update to the town’s tree protection ordinance more than three years ago. When finally able to make the case for expanding protections at last week’s Planning Commission meeting, the EDPC had the misfortune of doing so in the midst of a historic fire season; nearly every public speaker who heard the presentation subsequently insisted more trees mean more fire risk.

Investor in city-approved housing project sues developer

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An investor in the housing project at 5150 El Camino Real has filed a lawsuit against Dutchints, the Los Altos-based developer.

A local real estate developer who invested in a major, city-approved housing project at 5150 El Camino Real is suing Dutchints Development LLC – the owner of the property that is facing several other lawsuits alleging unpaid debts and breach of contract – along with its managing director, Vahe Tashjian.

Los Altos Hills debuts ‘easier to navigate’ town website redesign

Los Altos Hills Website
Courtesy of Town of Los Altos Hills
Los Altos Hills has introduced a redesigned town website that emphasizes emergency updates. The site, which features a new color scheme, has already been useful as a source on area wildfires.

The Los Altos Hills town website has long featured sources for local emergency information, but perhaps residents never valued their presence more than in recent weeks as the CZU Lightning Complex perimeter inched closer and closer. Just in time for heightened demand, town staffers unveiled a new website redesign Aug. 27, and resources for wildfire and county health notices are front and center.

Los Altos council candidates discuss struggling businesses, fiscal responsibility

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Candidates for Los Altos City Council discussed how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected businesses during a meeting with the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce.

The seven candidates running for three seats on the Los Altos City Council presented their platforms to the local business community Wednesday morning (Sept. 2) at the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce’s Government Affairs Committee Meeting, touching on issues surrounding fiscal responsibility and the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on businesses.

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