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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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.

Council keeps $34.7 million budget for community center rebuild

Los Altos City Council members last night agreed to stick with a $34.7 million budget for rebuilding the Hillview Community Center.

In a split, 3-2 vote, the council went against a city staff recommendation of $30 million for the project. In a 10-year financial forecast, staff predicted that the city would have to take on debt if the budget stayed at $34.7 million.

Mayor Jean Mordo, and councilmembers Jan Pepper and Mary Prochnow voted in favor of the $34.7 million budget, while councilmember Jeannie Bruins and Vice Mayor Lynette Lee Eng voted against.

Citing healthy city revenues, the council had agreed during a September study session to increase the project budget from its initial $25 million figure to nearly $10 million more. Staff cautioned in November that the increased budget may be too much after a review of budget projections.

The conceptual project design, including a 24,500-square-foot facility, was approved Nov. 30 by an 11-member Hillview Community Center project task force. It has a projected price tag of $36.9 million.

For more on the story, see the Town Crier’s Jan. 17 print edition.

Blood center in urgent need of donations

Stanford Blood Center officials are asking local residents to donate blood to help meet the urgent needs of local hospitals.

The Blood Center has a critically low inventory of O-negative whole blood as well as platelets, according to the center’s Jan. 4 press release.

CSMA plans Finn Center campus expansion

The Community School of Music and Arts plans to expand its current Finn Center campus, located at 230 San Antonio Circle in Mountain View.

The new project will include a 3,350-square-foot wing.

Siegel takes reins as MV mayor


Lenny Siegel was scheduled to be appointed the next mayor of Mountain View at Tuesday’s city council meeting. The meeting occurred after the Town Crier’s Monday press deadline.

Siegel succeeds Ken Rosenberg as mayor.

MV council slated to discuss LASD partnership in school site buy

Mountain View City Councilmembers are scheduled to discuss a proposed partnership with the Los Altos School District at their Tuesday meeting that could lead to the purchase of a new school site in the city’s San Antonio Road area neighborhood.

The district board of trustees last month gave the go-ahead to a land acquisition deal, securing letters of intent from interested buyers of the district’s potential development rights and a memorandum of understanding from the city of Mountain View.

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