Developers warn of lawsuit as moratorium extended

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The planned housing development at 4856 El Camino Real in Los Altos sits in limbo due to a temporary moratorium enacted last year. The Los Altos City Council voted to extend the moratorium another eight months at its March 14 meeting.

Before the Los Altos City Council voted unanimously to extend the moratorium on El Camino Real development, a developer warned that such a move could put the city in legal jeopardy.

A letter delivered to the council criticized the “deceitful and fainthearted policy” on behalf of the Building Industry Association (BIA) Bay Area, a regional trade group that promotes development.

LAH officials consider license plate surveillance

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Los Altos Hills is exploring the use of automated license plate recognition devices to deter crime. The Los Altos Police Department began using them in August 2013.

As far as crime goes, 2014 proved a banner year for Los Altos Hills with 46 burglaries on record. In 2015, that number dropped to 15, and 2016 brought 29. But residents’ concerns about the potential threat have prompted officials to consider investing in fixed automated license plate readers (ALPRs) at key entry and exit routes within town.

“Some residents have indicated that license plate reader cameras would be welcomed,” City Manager Carl Cahill wrote in his March town hall report. “However, there doesn’t appear to be any research available at this time that correlates reductions in residential burglaries with the installation of fixed automated license plate readers.”

County police won't enforce immigration laws

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San Jose Police Chief Edgardo Garcia speaks on immigration as Los Altos Police Chief Andy Galea, far right, looks on.

Los Altos Police Chief Andy Galea joined his colleagues throughout Santa Clara County in signing a statement declaring that they would not arrest anyone on the basis of his or her immigration status.

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March 10, 2:04 p.m.: 700 block of Yuba Drive, Mountain View

March 9, 7:26 p.m.: 1900 block of West El Camino Real, Mountain View

Assessor's Office offers flood relief

Another round of heavy rains has soaked many parts of Santa Clara County and may have caused damage to properties due to flooding. County Assessor Larry Stone advises homeowners whose property sustained damage during the recent flooding that property-tax relief is available.

Stone said he “strongly encourages” all property owners who suffered flood damage to call (408) 299-5500 or visit the Assessor’s website at to learn about the Calamity Property Tax Relief program and download the claim form.

LASD moves forward with replacing Egan roof

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A schematic from the Feb. 13 Los Altos School District board meeting points to the damage in the Egan Junior High School roof.

The roof of the two-story classroom building at Egan Junior High School has been leaking during the rainy season, prompting Los Altos School District officials to take action to remedy the situation.

After a lengthy discussion about grants and public funds district officials could seek to fund the project, trustees last month approved opening the repair work to bids for completion over the summer.

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