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MV considers policy allowing "feasible" LASD purchase of land for school site

Lisa Matichak

The current effort to establish an East Whisman Precise Plan in Mountain View could prove beneficial to the Los Altos School District in its quest for a 10th school site.

The plan, the topic of a Feb. 14 Mountain View City Council study session, includes consideration of a policy that could transfer development rights (TDR) from a property in one area to land in another area.

Advocacy group taps LAH for role in Hillview redo

There have been four attempts to revitalize Los Altos’ decrepit Hillview Community Center since 2000. Each has failed.

“That’s a little bit of a cloud hanging over our head,” said Maria Lonergan of the Community Center Alliance (CCA). “Our group likes to look at that as they weren’t failures – they were opportunities that taught us something.”

Closure approaches for MV Planned Parenthood

The Planned Parenthood clinic at San Antonio Road and California Street in Mountain View faces the threat of closure due to redevelopment in the area. Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier

Planned Parenthood’s Mountain View clinic, in operation since 1973, faces the threat of closure this spring not because of national political forces, but rather the local real estate market.

The clinic, located at the intersection of San Antonio Road and California Street, treats an estimated 8,000 patients annually, more than 80 percent of whom are Santa Clara County residents. Planned Parenthood’s health centers have expanded beyond reproductive medicine and women’s health care to include primary care service for men, women and families. It is one of the providers for patients on Medi-Cal, the low-income health care service expanded under the Affordable Care Act.

Los Altos family separated by travel ban

Mimi Raghian, who is originally from Iran and has raised her children in Los Altos, said Trump’s executive order puts her travel plans in flux. Raghian’s mother still lives in Iran.

“I’d like to go see my mom,” Raghian said. “She is not feeling well and I would like to go see her. My family in Iran are American citizens … but because of dual citizenship, we are kind of up in the air.”

Despite rains, water district continues reduction target

The Santa Clara Valley Water District Board of Directors voted Jan. 24 to continue its call for water-use reductions of 20 percent compared with 2013 water-consumption levels.

In 2016, Santa Clara County used 28 percent less water than in 2013. While statewide and local conditions have improved significantly, board members emphasized that dry conditions could return, and the community’s water savings achievements should be continued.

It's not too late to get that flu shot

Megan V. WInslow/Town Crier
This year’s severe influenza season has prompted El Camino Hospital to impose a visitor restriction policy; children under 16 and anyone exhibiting flu symptoms are asked to stay away from the Mountain View facility. Notices are posted at hospital entrances across campus.

A symphony of coughing, hacking, snorting and sneezing is enveloping Silicon Valley offices, classrooms and health-care facilities. It’s the song of the season – but this is one performance best avoided, local officials warn.

The Santa Clara County Public Health Department considers the 2016-2017 flu season more severe than the last one.

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