Los Altos council candidates discuss struggling businesses, fiscal responsibility

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Andrew Yee/Special to the Town Crier
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.

Los Altos council delays policing discussion, debates treehouse

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Photo from City of Los Altos staff report
The city council debated whether or not a treehouse on Arroyo Road fit the description of an ADU on Tuesday.

Despite pledging after last month’s policing town hall to discuss reaction to input from the community at the next council meeting, the Los Altos City Council punted the item during its meeting Tuesday (Aug. 25) and rescheduled it for its next meeting Sept. 8.

Los Altos Hills leaders accept state-imposed ADU rules

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The Los Altos Hills City Council is working through objections by the state to the town’s new accessory dwelling unit ordinance.

Months after adopting a new accessory dwelling unit ordinance, Los Altos Hills leaders are repeating the process following revision requests from state officials concerned the original doesn’t comply with California laws.

Parks and Rec deadlocked on accepting bocce ball court donations

The Los Altos Parks and Recreation Commission tabled a discussion on whether to accept a private $50,000 donation to build two bocce ball courts in Grant Park, after deadlocking on the issue.

Hills council delivers rubbish rate respite

The Los Altos Hills City Council July 16 unanimously approved an amendment to the town’s 15-year franchise agreement with GreenWaste Recovery to reduce garbage collection rate increases for the coming year. 

Instead of a 9% increase to rates during fiscal year 2020-2021, which began July 1, residents’ bills will reflect a 2.45% increase.

Chief addresses concerns about policing in Los Altos

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Eric Davidove/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos Police Chief Andy Galea, standing beside his patrol car last week, discussed calls for police reform in an extensive interview.

The death of George Floyd spurred a national conversation over race and policing, and calls for systemic change in how police departments operate. Ahead of a town hall on policing in Los Altos Tuesday, the Town Crier spoke with Police Chief Andy Galea in an extended interview on a range of both local and national issues regarding police. The interview is condensed and edited for clarity. 

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