Los Altos’ financial status update warns of looming litigation fees

Screenshot from City of Los Altos Staff Report
Los Altos ended the 2020 fiscal year with an unassigned fund balance of $3.2 million and $26.8 million in its general fund reserves.

Los Altos ended fiscal year 2020 with a fund balance above its projection, but city officials estimated a large decrease in transient occupancy taxes in the upcoming fiscal year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Los Altos council candidate clarifies comment on random police stops

Scott Spielman, a candidate for Los Altos City Council, claimed that he misspoke during a candidate forum last week when he said that it was reasonable for police to conduct “spot checks” on suspicious vehicles.

Los Altos council votes to mandate all-electric ordinance for new buildings

The Los Altos City Council voted to adopt a reach code ordinance during Tuesday night’s meeting (Sept. 22), requiring newly constructed buildings to be all-electric. However, cooking appliances and fireplaces are exempt from the rule for new single-family homes.

Standard Liquor robbed by group of young women, surveillance footage shows

Standard Liquor
Zoe Morgan/Town Crier
Standard Liquor owner Ramana Srirama stands outside his downtown shop, which was robbed Sept. 15.

Five young women stole alcoholic beverages from Standard Liquor in downtown Los Altos Tuesday (Sept. 15) before pushing the store owner to the ground as they drove away in their car, according to the owner.

Reach codes set for Tues. meeting

Los Altos City Council members are scheduled to consider the approval of controversial reach codes at their meeting Tuesday.

Sky above Los Altos, Bay Area turns into orange glow due to area wildfires

Westwind Barn
Photo by Torie Dye/Special to the Town Crier
A hazy orange sky hovers over Westwind Barn in Los Altos Hills Wednesday morning.

The sky above Los Altos and the surrounding Bay Area turned into shades of orange on Wednesday (Sept. 9) due to the wind blowing smoke from area wildfires hundreds of miles away from Santa Clara County.

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