Like many Silicon Valley towns, Los Altos was once a stop along the Southern Pacific Railroad. Now this bucolic burg is bypassed by Interstate 280, which offers residents a scenic commute to jobs in Silicon Valley and San Francisco. For those lucky enough to work at home (or not work at all), the city’s seven square miles are replete with parks, recreational amenities, and seven shopping districts. Incorporated in 1952, Los Altos is a general law city with a city manager who is appointed by the City Council and is responsible for city's 130 employees. In addition, some 200 residents volunteer their time, including service on appointed commissions and committees.

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City Council

Council meetings take place the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 7 p.m. Meetings can be viewed on Comcast Channel 26 or live-streamed from the city website.

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Planning Commission

The Los Altos Planning Commission meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m.

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City of Los Altos Hosts 2nd Annual Electric Vehicle Showcase

Los Altos, Calif. February 17, 2024 The city of Los Altos, in partnership with GreenTown Los Altos and the Electric Automobile Association of Silicon Valley, is hosting "Destination Electrica Los Altos electric vehicle (EV) showcaseon Saturday, March 23, from 14 PM at the Los Altos Community Center. This event is free and open to all community members.

El Camino Real Closure to be Lifted Monday Morning

Los Altos, Calif. February 11, 2024 All lanes of the eastbound section of El Camino Real between San Antonio Road and Sherwood Avenue are scheduled to reopen tomorrow morning, Monday, February 12. Projected reopening time is 6 AM. The bike lane and sidewalk directly in front of 4600 El Camino Real remain closed. This section of El Camino Real has …

4600 El Camino Real Incident Update #5

Los Altos, Calif. February 2, 2024 On Monday, December 25, 2023, at approximately 4:50 AM, Santa Clara County Fire Department (County Fire) responded to reports of smoke coming from a commercial structure located at 4600 El Camino Real in Los Altos. Following a 3-alarm fire response, consisting of approximately 60 first responders, the fire was declared under control at 1:53 …

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The Los Altos City Council has denied Councilmember Lynette Lee Eng’s request to go on a $3,000 city-funded trip to a conference in Washington, D.C.

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Although the front portion of 4600 El Camino Real has been cleared for demolition, crews postponed scheduled work. No official reason was given for the delay or when demolition could begin.

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A federal appeals court has declined to reconsider its controversial April 2023 decision that mutes Los Altos’ and other cities’ attempts to require natural gas bans in new construction.

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Los Altos residents will soon be seeing firsthand the progress of Los Altos leaders’ efforts to restore a landmark heritage apricot orchard at the city’s civic center.

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In a setback to the reopening of El Camino Real to traffic, the city of Los Altos announced it has postponed its plans to demolish a shopping center building burned out by a massive fire.
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