MVHS teacher awaiting plea date may not be receiving paycheck


The Mountain View High School teacher who pled not guilty earlier this month to one felony count of sending a minor harmful matter may no longer be receiving a paycheck from the district.

When 48-year-old Evan Smith was arrested in November, the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District placed him on paid administrative leave for the duration of the investigation. Now that the math teacher is scheduled for his plea date, the Town Crier reached out to the district’s communications manager, Cynthia Greaves, to find out if this would change his pay status.

When asked if Smith was still being paid, Greaves said she could not, “discuss confidential personnel matter.” However, she did point out that board trustees made a decision on an employee’s leave of absence at their Jan. 8 meeting.

Minutes from the meeting revealed that the board voted unanimously, “in favor of placing a certificated employee on a mandatory leave of absence.” Greaves clarified that this meant the individual would not be paid. {jathumbnail on}

Dos Palos neighborhood calls on PG&E to provide residents with consistent power

PG&E outages
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Jeff Greenwald, far left, airs his grievances with neighbors about the six PG&E power outages they endured over a few months.

There’s a power struggle raging in Los Altos resident Jeff Greenwald’s Dos Palos neighborhood.

The neighborhood has endured six electrical outages in the past six months, including one that stretched seven hours that left Green- wald with $110 worth of spoiled food he said PG&E refused to pay for. The company’s reason: PG&E isn’t contractually obligated to provide power on a continual basis.

'Hunger' hits the Hills in an 18-wheeler

This is Hunger exhibit
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Visitors at MAZON’s “This Is Hunger” traveling exhibit learn about the millions of Americans who struggle with hunger. Housed in a 53-foot-long expandable semitrailer, the interactive exhibit has traveled the country since November 2016.

An interactive exhibit spotlighting hunger in America drove into Los Altos Hills on the back of a semitruck last week. The big rig has been carrying “This Is Hunger” around the U.S. to chronicle who struggles with hunger, and why. Congregation Beth Am’s Associate Rabbi Jonathan Prosnit spurred the idea of inviting the exhibit to the Los Altos Hills synagogue.

Protect your pups: Dog flu spreads throughout Bay Area

Canine Influenza Virus vaccine
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Dr. Puneet Parashar of Alpha Animal Hospital in Campbell examines Wolfie before administering the canine influenza vaccine Thursday morning.

As Bay Area residents continue to grapple with one of the worst flu seasons in recent history, their four-legged counterparts are facing a medical crisis of their own: canine influenza.

An outbreak of dog flu has shaken the South Bay, forcing some doggie daycare centers to temporarily shutter and veterinary practices to adopt special precautionary measures like drive-thru vaccine clinics.

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.

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