Woman who shot three at YouTube found in MV hours before

NOTE: This story has been updated to add the city of Mountain View's response to a Town Crier bodycam footage record request.

Hours before Nasim Aghdam allegedly opened fired at the YouTube campus in San Bruno, she was discovered sleeping in her car by Mountain View Police, who said they had no reason to arrest the woman.

LA History Museum panelists offer thoughts on immigration



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For Ayindé Rudolph, the solution to citizenship for the nearly 12 million undocumented immigrants in the United States is creating pathways.

The Mountain View Whisman School District superintendent was one of four speakers at last week’s Los Altos History Museum-sponsored immigration panel that also included Mary Dutcher, an immigration attorney; William Lambert, Day Worker Center of Mountain View board president; and Angelica, a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals representative whose last name is being withheld to protect her identity.

Condolences and donations flow in after shooting of St. Nicholas, St. Francis alum


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As of Monday, more than $178,000 in online donations have poured in to support the husband of Jennifer Gonzales, one of three shooting victims in the March 9 massacre at The Pathway Home in Yountville. Gonzales, 32, grew up in Mountain View and attended St. Nicholas Catholic School and St. Francis High School.

Supporters set up a GoFundMe page March 10 for T.J. Shushereba, Gonzales’ husband, to cover memorial costs and “adjusting to life without Jenn.”

Silicon Valley Clean Energy now debt-free

Representatives of Silicon Valley Clean Energy reported last week that the program has repaid $2.7 million in loans two years ahead of schedule.

A Joint Powers Agreement comprising 12 Santa Clara County cities formed SVCE, an agency that provides cleaner power at competitive costs, two years ago. Los Altos (which contributed $100,000), Los Altos Hills ($25,000) and Mountain View ($520,000) were among the cities that provided the agency working capital. The loan repayment agreement gave SVCE four years from the effective date of the JPA, or March 2020.

Wait: Rat poison could be hazardous

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Kira Gunderson / Special to the Town Crier
A gopher pokes its toothy mug from a tunnel in Trancos Open Space Preserve in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Experts are warning local residents to avoid using rodenticides when tackling pesky creatures like gophers because the poison can kill beneficial predators.

Gary Hedden was watching the Super Bowl when a sudden thud alerted him to a death: A barn owl had plummeted from the sky and onto his roof.

Hedden said the Animal Control officer he summoned to his Los Altos home told him that testing the dead bird wasn’t necessary.

Trees axed in Redwood Grove due to drought


Grace Hase/Town Crier
After inspection and assessment by arborists, 14 redwoods in Los Altos’ Redwood Grove were cut to their stumps, primarily because the trees’ ailing health rendered them a significant hazard to visitors at the preserve.

The 14 redwood trees cut down last year in Los Altos’ Redwood Grove may not have looked sick to the untrained eye, but California’s long drought led to the trees’ demise.

“Most were cut down to the stumps because they posed a significant hazard to the public,” said Christopher Costanzo, the city’s maintenance service supervisor. “The way the redwoods die (is) from the top down. So the lower branches looked a bit green, but maybe 50 percent or more of the tree was completely dead, which is the most dangerous part of the redwood.”


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