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.

Blindsided by new lights at LASD schools

Solar panel lights
Paul Erickson / Special to the Town Crier
Lights affixed to Santa Rita School’s newly installed solar panels triggered a recent wave of complaints from residents.

The Los Altos School District installed light shields on its schools’ parking-lot solar panels after neighbors complained about the glare shining into their homes.

A resident-generated online survey indicated that 95 percent of the 38 respondents found the new lights intrusive.

LA council passes on business district, argues over logo

Last week’s Los Altos City Council meeting was one of no action when it came to a business improvement district and a new city logo.

Representatives from the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, the Los Altos Village Association and Los Altos Property Owners Downtown gathered Feb. 13 to urge the council to allocate $10,000 for a business improvement district (BID) feasibility study.

Police Blotter


Feb. 10, 12:21 p.m.: 1900 block of Knollwood Lane, Los Altos

Feb. 7, 5:55 p.m.: 2500 block of Grant Road, Mountain View

MV council seeks feedback on cannabis

The Mountain View City Council is studying updates to city code to permit commercial cannabis activity.

The council is interested in allowing and regulating retail uses. The proposal to update the code is a response to California voters’ approval of Proposition 64 in 2016, which legalized adult-use cannabis in the state. Currently, both medicinal and adult-use commercial cannabis activities are illegal in Mountain View.

Window broken at Mtn. View bank

Grace Hase/Town Crier
A work crew replaces a window riddled with bullet holes last week at the Wells Fargo Bank on Grant Road in Mountain View.

The Mountain View Police Department shut down part of Grant Road at El Camino Real in Mountain View last week after bullet holes were found in a window at a bank, according to department spokeswoman Katie Nelson.

The department received reports from employees at Wells Fargo Bank of shots fired just before 3 p.m. Feb. 7. Nelson said there were no injuries, and that the damage was not part of a robbery.

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