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.

Trees axed in Redwood Grove due to drought

Grace Hase/Town Crier
After inspection and assessment by arborists, 14 redwoods in Los Altos’ Redwood Grove were cut to their stumps, primarily because the trees’ ailing health rendered them a significant hazard to visitors at the preserve.

The 14 redwood trees cut down last year in Los Altos’ Redwood Grove may not have looked sick to the untrained eye, but California’s long drought led to the trees’ demise.

“Most were cut down to the stumps because they posed a significant hazard to the public,” said Christopher Costanzo, the city’s maintenance service supervisor. “The way the redwoods die (is) from the top down. So the lower branches looked a bit green, but maybe 50 percent or more of the tree was completely dead, which is the most dangerous part of the redwood.”

County officials release name of MV murder victim

After three months of searching in vain for family members of a transient man murdered in downtown Mountain View, Santa Clara County officials last week released his name to the public: Jose Ospina Jaramillo.

Marin County resident Jan Neal, 43, is accused of beating Jaramillo, 55, to death Nov. 4 in the Mountain View City Hall courtyard, located at 500 Castro St. Neal is charged with murder, resisting an officer and attempting to remove a firearm from an officer. His next court date is a plea hearing scheduled March 5.

MV forum explores ongoing issue of vehicle dwellers

photo by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier; RVs line up on Crisanto Avenue in Mountain View, above. According to city officials, 250-300 people are living in their vehicles.

Silicon Valley success has triggered sky-high housing prices that have forced many residents from four walls to four-wheeled vehicles. The city of Mountain View estimates between 250 and 300 RVs and other vehicles are parked on city streets that residents call home.

Addressing the city’s increasing homeless and vehicle-dwelling population – and its impacts – was the focus of a Feb. 8 League of Women Voters-sponsored forum at the Mountain View Senior Center. The event featured three panelists approaching the problem from different perspectives – humanitarian (Tom Myers, executive director of Community Services Agency), management/enforcement (Mountain View Police Sgt. Wahed Magee) and administrative/policymaking (Kimberly Thomas, assistant to Mountain View City Manager Dan Rich).

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