Following major county initiatives, Los Altos council tackles local aid

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A new sign at McKenzie Park on Fremont Avenue informs visitors of the playground's closure.

As the coronavirus outbreak and resulting shelter-in-place order continue to wreak havoc on the public health infrastructure and the economy, the Los Altos City Council Tuesday (March 24) responded to actions taken at a county level earlier in the day.

Coronavirus concerns dominate Hills council meeting

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Los Altos Hills Town Hall.

Before the county’s shelter-in-place order led to more consistent home occupancy, Los Altos Hills experienced an uptick in residential burglaries compared to years past, a Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office representative told the city council Thursday (March 19). 

Hills mayor delivers message of hope

The following is a statement Los Altos Hills Mayor Michelle Wu read during the March 19 city council meeting. City council members later accepted the proclamation of local emergency Wu describes.

Mountain View park dedication attendee tests positive for COVID-19 but recovers

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Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors member Gary Kremen, center, helps with the ribbon cutting ceremony at the Feb. 29 McKelvey Park dedication. An attendee of the event later tested positive for coronavirus.

A Santa Clara Valley Water District employee who tested positive for the novel coronavirus and received ICU treatment has recovered and left the hospital today (March 18), a district representative said. 

City of Los Altos looks at short-term, long-term solutions to shelter in place order

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Children play at Grant Park in Los Altos. The city is closing local playgrounds to help stem the spread of the coronavirus.

Updated March 19 at 9 a.m.

As the Santa Clara County Public Health Department announced one more coronavirus-related deaths Wednesday morning (March 18), bringing the county total to six, Los Altos leaders and staff participated in a now-daily teleconference to update each other on how the city is functioning after the county order to shelter in place.

Residents, city officials put discussions of natural gas ban on back burner

The coronavirus threat has prompted postponement of Sunday’s scheduled Los Altos forum on the pros and cons of a natural gas ban. A local grassroots group, Los Altos Residents, had organized the discussion. A makeup date has yet to be announced.

The Los Altos City Council is considering a ban on natural gas in new home construction and in major remodels. Several residents voiced opposition to the ban when members of the city’s Environmental Commission discussed reach codes at their March 9 meeting. Reach codes are building energy codes that “reach” beyond minimum state requirements in building design and construction.

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