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


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

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.”

City of Los Altos seeks residents' input on dog park

Lincoln Park
Megan V. Winslow / Town Crier
Pups play with their two-legged friends in Los Altos' Lincoln Park. A city-sponsored survey open through March 7 aims to gauge residents’ interest in an official dog park in Los Altos.

The city of Los Altos rolled out its dog park and off-leash hours survey last week after months of planning in part by the Parks and Recreation Commission.

The city, which owns 11 parks and nature preserves in Los Altos, is looking to residents to provide feedback on the prospect of incorporating dog activity in the parks.

ECH district appoints Los Altos resident, native, to board of directors

The El Camino Healthcare District Board of Directors elected Los Altos resident Gary Kalbach and Los Altos native Julie Kliger to the El Camino Hospital Board of Directors Jan. 16.

Kalbach’s and Kliger’s terms are effective immediately and expire June 30, 2021, and June 30, 2020, respectively.

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