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Detectives arrest Mountain View teen on child porn charges

Mountain View Police detectives today (Aug. 17) announced the arrest of a Mountain View teen they say possessed hundreds of child pornography images.

Josh Chispa
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Josh Chispa

Josh Chispa, 18, is charged with possession of child pornography, a felony, and distribution of child pornography, a misdemeanor. He was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail; bail is set at $50,000.

“This arrest came from many hours of diligent work by detectives following up on a tip,” Lt. Tim Dahl said in a Mountain View Police Department blog post. “These types of crimes are always extremely concerning, and anyone who has any additional information should contact us.”

Mountain View Police Department’s Cyber Crime Unit received a tip about the pornography, and detectives used the information to obtain a search warrant, according to the blog post. During today’s search of Chispa’s home, located in the 500 block of West Middlefield Road, detectives allegedly uncovered several devices containing child pornography, including images of lewd and lascivious conduct involving children under age 12.

A student by the name of Josh Chispa graduated from Los Altos High School in June, but police officials were not able confirm whether he and the suspect are the same person.

The investigation continues, and anyone with relevant information is asked to call Detectives Britton Moore or Marco Garcia at 903-6344.

The police department thanked the Silicon Valley Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force for assisting in the investigation.


MVLA to examine state of facilities this year

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees will take stock of its facilities this year as it plans for the future.

Trustees approved two contracts last week – one with an architectural firm slated to assess the district’s current facilities and another with a consulting firm to research avenues for facilities funding.

Downtown visioning

The deadline for submissions for Los Altos’ downtown visioning project was July 29. Councilwoman Jan Pepper said there were eight proposals, half of which she found promising.

Jennifer Quinn, the city’s economic development director, agreed, telling the Town Crier that “we have several great candidates to choose from.”

Interim city manager hopes to keep position

Chris Jordan has served as interim city manager since April 28, replacing Marcia Somers. His contract expires Sept. 30, but he is a candidate to assume the role permanently.

Jordan has experience in the city manager role, essentially working as a chief administrative officer for the city. He was city manager of West Linn, Ore., for 10 years before coming to Los Altos. West Linn, a Portland suburb with a population of approximately 25,000, is known for its urban forested areas. He has expressed strong interest in maintaining his role in Los Altos.

Library cards unlock expensive perks

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Digital content increasingly augments physical books at Los Altos main and Woodland Branch libraries.

Los Altos Library patrons bagged a new perk last week when the Santa Clara County Library District added Rosetta Stone access for all of its users.

The digital language learning tool costs individual users $189 if they want to take a course in languages ranging from Spanish to Swahili and Arabic. But the libraries have used their collective institutional buying power to make it available to cardholders for free.

LASD trustees OK November parcel-tax vote

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees last week approved placing a parcel-tax measure on the November ballot, with intent to share the public funds with Bullis Charter School.

The district’s current $193 parcel tax is set to expire in the 2017-2018 school year. The new measure seeks to increase the tax by $30 and extend the parcel-tax collection period for eight years. The district also collects a separate $597 ongoing parcel tax. The November ballot measure requires support from two-thirds of voters to pass.

Ducks Unlimited set to restore MV salt ponds

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Alga floats on the surface of the salt ponds at Shoreline Park in Mountain View. Beginning in 2017, Ducks Unlimited, a Memphis, Tenn.-based nonprofit organization, will spend $14 million to rehabilitate the ponds.

Today, the Mountain View salt ponds north of Shoreline Park provide waterfowl habitat, but their tides do not provide resistance to rising sea levels.

A few years from now, the new-and-improved ponds should lower flood risk and make for an even better home for birds.

Mtn. View voters to consider dueling rent-control measures

Mountain View voters will be seeing double when deciding on rent-control proposals in the Nov. 8 election.

Depending on whom you ask, the city council’s Aug. 9 decision to offer its own alternative ordinance to the tenant-sponsored initiative was either a move to give the city flexibility or an effort to defeat the tenants’ proposal through voter confusion.

MV residents can expect water flushing

An annual infrastructure ritual resumes in Mountain View next week, and the torrent of water gushing from fire hydrants invariably turns heads.

The Public Works Department opens hydrants and flushes the city’s water system by directing a geyser of water down gutters on a block-by-block basis across the city. The volume can look tremendous – in total, the cleanse comprises half a percent of the city’s annual water consumption. But without flushing, sediment builds up in the system, and pockets of slower-moving water grow stale, developing odors and flavors that can spur residents’ objections.


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