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MVHS teacher pleads not guilty to sending inappropriate texts to student

A 48-year-old Mountain View High School teacher arrested in November for allegedly sending inappropriate text messages to a student waived his formal arraignment Jan. 8 and entered a plea of not guilty.

Evan Smith
Evan Smith

Fifth flu death reported in county

Public health officials last week reported the flu-related death of another local resident, the fifth such death in Santa Clara County since the start of the influenza season in October.

MV woman arrested for assault with coffee mug

A domestic disturbance between a mother and daughter led to the latter being arrested for assault with a deadly weapon – a coffee mug – last week in Mountain View, according to Public Information Officer Katie Nelson.

Nelson said the assault occurred the night of Jan. 11 on the 200 block of Tyrella Avenue, where 20-year-old Alexis Pavoor threw a coffee mug at her mom and hit her on the head during an argument. The mother required medical treatment for her injuries, according to Nelson.

Parent, students weigh in on proposed Hillview teen center

Last week’s vote by the Los Altos City Council ensured that teens will have a space in the new Hillview Community Center, an element that wasn’t included in the early stages of planning.

After an outpouring of community support, the Hillview Community Center Project Task Force added a teen center to the proposal the council approved Jan. 9 as part of the $34.7 million budget to revamp Hillview.

More retail could go office at 400 Main St.

Los Altos parking
Madison Ivy / Town Crier Intern
Drivers search for parking in downtown Los Altos last week. Los Altos Planning Commissioners weighed changes to the city’s parking regulations at their Jan. 4 meeting and will revisit the topic again at their Feb. 15 meeting.

Los Altos Planning Commission members are scheduled to consider approval Thursday of a second ground-floor space at 400 Main St. that would allow office space in place of retail.

In a move to combat the trend of declining retail space nationwide, commissioners are set to review a conditional-use permit that would enable Keller Williams Real Estate to occupy the 3,000-square-foot retail space previously occupied by Pharmaca, which closed its doors last year.

LA OKs 1-year ban on cannabis sales, will monitor other cities

Los Altos has banned the sale of marijuana for at least another 10 months while officials observe the ramifications of cannabis businesses allowed in other communities.

The city council last week approved an urgency interim zoning ordinance, good through Nov. 27, that prohibits commercial sales of any kind in the city. The ban comes on the heels of the voter-approved Proposition 64 in 2016 that legalized recreational marijuana use. With the state’s ability to grant business licenses effective Jan. 1, Los Altos and other cities statewide are adopting their own regulations allowing, limiting or prohibiting sales.

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