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USPS offers tips on property-tax payments

Residents concerned about whether the Santa Clara County Tax Collector's Office will receive their mailed property tax payments in a timely manner can get a helping hand from the post office, according to local U.S. Postal Service (USPS) representatives.

Taxpayers submitting property-tax payments via mail can protect themselves from costly late penalties by purchasing a certificate of mailing – proof that the mail payment was accepted on that date. Taxpayers may also request that employees at their local USPS office hand cancel the payment. Hand canceling requires USPS officials to manually “cancel out” postage so that it can’t be used again by hand-stamping it with a date.

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Los Altos Council Briefs

The Los Altos City Council took the following actions at its March 25 meeting.

Community engagement subcommittee approved

The Los Altos City Council unanimously approved the formation of an ad hoc committee to explore potential improvements to the city’s public engagement practices.

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Loyola family files claim against LASD

The parents of a Loyola School student filed a claim against the Los Altos School District last month over an incident that occurred on the school’s playground last year.

According to Randy Kenyon, assistant superintendent for business services, the student fell off a piece of playground equipment and sustained an injury. He said the student lost his grip on a handle bar and fell. The bar has since been replaced.

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Construction-related traffic impacts

Downtown motorists should prepare to experience traffic impacts related to ongoing downtown construction, according to city officials.

The city will close one lane on First Street between West Edith Avenue and Parking Plaza North through Friday to accommodate gas, water and electrical undergrounding for the Safeway and 100 First St. condominium projects. Traffic controls, including detour signage, will be in place during hours of operation.

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LA Council Briefs

The Los Altos City Council took the following actions at its Feb. 11 meeting.

Midyear budget report shows positive signs

The city council’s midyear budget review last week revealed that the city remains well within its budget during the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

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Reeder receives leadership award

David Reeder, member of the El Camino Healthcare District Board of Directors, received the 2013 Leadership in Governance Award from the California Hospital Association.

Reeder was appointed to the board in 1999 and has since been re-elected three times. His current term expires in November.

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