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Closure approaches for MV Planned Parenthood



The Planned Parenthood clinic at San Antonio Road and California Street in Mountain View faces the threat of closure due to redevelopment in the area. Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier

Planned Parenthood’s Mountain View clinic, in operation since 1973, faces the threat of closure this spring not because of national political forces, but rather the local real estate market.

The clinic, located at the intersection of San Antonio Road and California Street, treats an estimated 8,000 patients annually, more than 80 percent of whom are Santa Clara County residents. Planned Parenthood’s health centers have expanded beyond reproductive medicine and women’s health care to include primary care service for men, women and families. It is one of the providers for patients on Medi-Cal, the low-income health care service expanded under the Affordable Care Act.


Los Altos family separated by travel ban

Mimi Raghian, who is originally from Iran and has raised her children in Los Altos, said Trump’s executive order puts her travel plans in flux. Raghian’s mother still lives in Iran.

“I’d like to go see my mom,” Raghian said. “She is not feeling well and I would like to go see her. My family in Iran are American citizens … but because of dual citizenship, we are kind of up in the air.”

Despite rains, water district continues reduction target

The Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors voted Jan. 24 to continue its call for water-use reductions of 20 percent compared with 2013 water-consumption levels.

In 2016, Santa Clara County used 28 percent less water than in 2013. While statewide and local conditions have improved significantly, board members emphasized that dry conditions could return, and the community’s water savings achievements should be continued.

It's not too late to get that flu shot


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This year’s severe influenza season has prompted El Camino Hospital to impose a visitor restriction policy; children under 16 and anyone exhibiting flu symptoms are asked to stay away from the Mountain View facility. Notices are posted at hospital entrances across campus.

A symphony of coughing, hacking, snorting and sneezing is enveloping Silicon Valley offices, classrooms and health-care facilities. It’s the song of the season – but this is one performance best avoided, local officials warn.

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department considers the 2016-2017 flu season more severe than the last one.

Foothill College students share ways Trump's travel ban affects them

More than 200 students gathered at Foothill College last week to learn firsthand about the effects of President Donald Trump’s proposed travel ban on refugees and travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries.

Under Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order, citizens of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Sudan were barred from entering the United States for 90 days. Over the weekend, the ban suffered a setback when a Seattle judge temporarily halted the order. A federal appeals court subsequently rejected Trump’s demand to reinstate the ban. Although the ban remains on hold for now, the U.S. Department of Justice filed another appeal Sunday.


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