Survey: Downtown vibrancy, affordable housing top concerns

A majority of Los Altos residents favor a vibrant downtown and consider affordable housing an even more important issue than traffic, a recent formal polling of residents revealed.

The city of Los Altos-initiated “community survey,” conducted by professional surveyors Godbe Research, also reported that residents gave high marks (“very satisfied”) to police services and garbage collection and recycling.

Sheriff's rep: LAH 'safest town' in the region

Los Altos Hills tallied just two assaults last year: one at a wedding and one involving a tow-truck driver who may or may not have pushed a resident.

And that’s the extent of the town’s “violent crime” in 2017, said Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Rich Urena during a presentation to the city council Thursday.

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.

Teacher pleads not guilty to 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, a math teacher at the school for 15 years, is charged with one felony count of knowingly sending a minor harmful matter with the intent of “arousing, appealing to and gratifying ... lust and passions and sexual desires.” His plea date is scheduled 9 a.m. Feb. 26 at Santa Clara County’s Palo Alto Courthouse.

MV signs off on partnership, paves way for LASD site purchase

Los Altos School District officials last week touted a solidified partnership with the city of Mountain View for a 10th school site in the city’s San Antonio neighborhood.

Meanwhile, speculation continued as to who would occupy the site, as Mountain View City Council members declined to impose the condition that it be a neighborhood school as part of the deal.

VTA fund freeze not stalling projects - yet

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Heavy traffic along Foothill Expressway in Los Altos is a common sight late weekday afternoons. This photo was taken at the San Antonio Road intersection this month.

A lawsuit holding money from the Measure B transportation bond in escrow continues to wind its way toward appeals court, more than six months after a judge’s initial ruling found the bond measure valid.

The local projects awaiting its funding, however, are largely progressing through preliminary planning phases funded by other sources.

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