‘A project with potential’: Planning Commission gives props to Lyell Street developers’ plans

140 Lyell
Ryan Molinari/Special to the Town Crier
An older home on Lydell Street in Los Altos sits at the site of a proposed two-story, 5-unit development.

The Los Altos Planning Commission last week praised the general design of a proposed two-story, five-unit condominium complex at 140 Lyell St. 

Los Altos Hills residents owed millions in unclaimed deposits

Years of accounting errors related to permits granted for various kinds of Los Altos Hills development projects have resulted in more than $2 million in refundable deposits owed to residents, money town staff members are now working to reimburse. 

Los Altos council mulls options as restrictions hamper city, businesses

face covering sign
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Signs at a recent Los Altos Farmers’ Market on State Street call for face coverings and urge shoppers to “get in, get out.”

Prompted by continued COVID-19 restrictions, Los Altos leaders have been doing everything from funding small-business relief to examining the idea of temporarily closing downtown streets to cars to encourage outdoor shopping and dining. 

New report anticipates community center completed in February

Hillview Community Center
Marie Godderis/Special to the Town Crier
The new Los Altos Community Center is beginning to take shape, with beam raising, roof framing and more structural tasks checked off the to-do list.

Construction on the Los Altos Community Center stopped for more than a month amid the shelter-in-place orders, but crews are now back at work on the civic center campus. 

According to an April report from Nova Partners – the city’s construction management contractor – remote coordination, procurement and design activities continued while the lockdown prohibited physical work. 

‘Too big of an ask’ Hills council slashes relief fund contribution

On the heels of a study session for their town’s 2020-2021 budget, Los Altos Hills council members Thursday denied a request from the city of Los Altos for a $250,000 small-business relief fund donation, choosing instead to give $5,000. 

Los Altos council dismisses emergency face-covering order

mask wearers
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A trio of masked women stroll down Main Street in downtown Los Altos Thursday.

The Los Altos City Council last week rejected a proposed emergency order that would have required residents to wear face coverings indoors when in public.

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