Creeping, crawling critters: Parks smothered by caterpillar overpopulation

Western Tussock Moth Caterpillar
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Adult western tussock moths are native to the Pacific states, but they can wreak havoc in the spring as caterpillars, above.

Creeping across benches. Crawling over playground equipment. Dangling from silk threads like tiny ninjas. The western tussock moth caterpillar class of 2018 is out in force and its members have infiltrated some local neighborhoods at unprecedented levels.

In Mountain View, infestation causing extreme tree defoliation and skin rashes has warranted insecticide applications at several parks, according to Jakob Trconic, the city’s park section manager.

Persky recall debate reveals divided picture of 'accountability'

How to define and enforce judicial accountability went from intellectual exercise to impassioned debate last week when the South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition hosted a night devoted to the June ballot item recalling Judge Aaron Persky.

The event gathered Republicans and guests of all leanings at Fremont Hills Country Club in Los Altos Hills April 18. Stanford Law School Professor Michele Landis Dauber, a leader in the movement to recall Persky, canceled at the last minute, citing an “inescapable conflict.” Stanford Law colleague G. Marcus Cole took her place. Retired Judge LaDoris Cordell spoke in opposition to the recall.

In nick of time, Planned Parenthood finds new home in Mountain View

Aruna Day Spa
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The former site of Aruna Day Spa in Mountain View will eventually house Planned Parenthood, which is relocating from San Antonio Road to California Street.

The local Planned Parenthood clinic in jeopardy due to a new mix-used development has found a new home. The Mountain View clinic provides primary health care, women’s health care, contraceptives and abortion services.

The agency is moving one-third of a mile down the street from its San Antonio Road location to a nearly 8,000-square-foot building at 2500 California St. The new site most recently housed Aruna Day Spa, which closed March 12.

Sentencing awaits for former MVHS teacher charged with sending inappropriate texts to student

The former Mountain View High School math teacher arrested last November for allegedly sending inappropriate text messages to a student pleaded no contest March 28 to a felony charge of sending harmful matter to a minor.


Evan Smith’s sentencing is scheduled May 3.

Los Altos criminal attorney Rosen appointed as new county judge

Los Altos resident Amber Rosen has spent nearly half her life as a federal prosecutor. Now, instead of awaiting the judge’s verdict, she’s handing it out.

Amber Rosen

Gov. Jerry Brown recently appointed Rosen to a Superior Court judge seat presiding over Santa Clara County. She was sworn in Feb. 1 and began hearing cases 12 days later.

Suspect arrested in jogger assault

Palo Alto Police detectives arrested a suspect Sunday morning in connection with a young jogger’s sexual assault last month.

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