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.

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.

Hidden Villa trail closed due to suspected mountain lion activity

Signs of mountain lion activity have led to the temporary closure of a trail at Hidden Villa this week.

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Hidden Villa

The carcass of a deer, likely leftovers from a recent mountain lion kill, was found late Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 9) on the Creek Trail at the Los Altos Hills educational preserve.

The discovery is not atypical or a cause for alarm, but the trail and surrounding areas have been closed as a procedural precautionary measure, according to Marc Sidel, Hidden Villa director of visitor services.

“This happens from time to time at Hidden Villa,” he said. “It’s a wilderness area and a known mountain lion habitat.”

The Creek Trail will likely remain closed through the weekend, and Hidden Villa employees will be in touch with local wildlife authorities to determine when to reopen it, Sidel said.

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ECH places restrictions on visitors due to flu

Temporary visiting restrictions took effect Monday at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View to reduce the risk of influenza to patients, visitors and staff.

Hospital officials ask those with flu-like symptoms (cough, fever, runny nose, sore throat or body aches) not to visit patients.

Pot legalized, but not for sale in Los Altos

The splashiest new California law to take effect this month, Proposition 64’s legalization of commercial cannabis sales, stopped outside Los Altos’ borders.

Although consuming marijuana has been legal statewide since 2016, and selling it recreationally since Jan. 1, only licensed operators may sell cannabis products. Like many local cities, Los Altos adopted a temporary ordinance last year that bans commercially growing or selling marijuana within the city.


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