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Second animal shelter bid search concludes with little response

Stephanie Smith/Special to the Town Crier
Rosie Chen tends to one of the dogs at Palo Alto Animal Services.

It’s round No. 2 for Palo Alto Animal Services.

After attracting only a single agency interested in assuming operations of the financially troubled facility, the city launched a second solicitation period in January. The new results, however, are not much better: A mere three registered vendors responded, and representatives of one – Humane Society Silicon Valley – have indicated that they do not intend to actually bid.

Gardner Bullis crosswalk could soon feature guard

Courtesy of Lauren Weingram
After a spate of accidents at the Fremont Road crosswalk near Gardner Bullis School, Boy Scout Isaac Weingram took matters into his own hands and implemented a flag system for safe passage.

The Gardner Bullis School community could see a crossing guard directing pedestrians across the Fremont Road crosswalk as soon as this week, school principal Katie Kinnaman said.

That’s news Los Altos Hills City Councilmembers should welcome after frustration with delays led to some ultimatums at the last council meeting.

Cannabis conundrum: Will LAH permit medical marijuana deliveries?

Somewhere off a winding road in Los Altos Hills lives an elderly glaucoma patient anxiously awaiting her next joint. But she won’t need to fret about receiving her medical marijuana if the town’s planning commissioners get their way – they believe its delivery should be legal and sanctioned.

“I want a 94-year-old woman at the end of her life, who has legitimate use of medical marijuana, to have it delivered and not have to find a way to pick it up,” said Planning Commissioner Susan Mandle.

ECH taps MayView for low-cost healthcare

Megan V. Winslow/ Town Crier
With the imminent closure of the RotaCare Clinic Mountain View, the El Camino Healthcare District voted to grant MayView Community Health Center, left, $2.4 million.

Effective this month, El Camino Hospital will begin referring uninsured and underinsured patients to MayView Community Health Center, replacing the volunteer-driven RotaCare Clinic Mountain View that will likely close this summer.

The El Camino Healthcare District Board of Directors voted Jan. 19 to grant MayView $2.4 million over three-and-a-half years. The district will continue to fund RotaCare through June, and possibly longer, to support patients’ transition. Board member Dennis Chiu abstained from the vote, voicing a wish to fund RotaCare through December.

El Niño conditions expected to continue

Photos Megan V. Winslow/ Town Crier
Local residents brave the wet weather, expected to continue into next week.

Better keep those umbrellas and galoshes on hand: It’s raining. And it’s gonna keep on raining.

The National Weather Service last week announced that current El Niño conditions have “tied” those of the 1997-1998 season as the strongest on record and will remain powerful throughout the winter and neutralize in late spring or early summer. That means persistent storm systems and wet weather for much of the Bay Area. The strong, wet system of widespread rain and gusty winds that began Tuesday will continue today and potentially bring up to nearly an inch of rain to urban areas and up to 2.5 inches in coastal areas, according to the National Weather Service’s local forecast. By Thursday, a weaker system will move in from the west, and three or four additional systems could strike the region this weekend.

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