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LA resident's legacy underwrites YWCA Empowerment Center

In the final days of his battle with cancer in 2014, Los Altos psychiatrist Peter Lucy asked that his inheritance help establish a center that provides low-cost mental health services to women.

Lucy owned three homes, including a Craftsman-style residence on Palo Alto’s Homer Avenue built by his great-uncle circa 1910. Lucy’s original goal was to sell his homes in Los Altos and Mountain View and use the proceeds from the sales and other investments to convert the Homer Avenue house into a mental health and housing facility. He wished to name the facility in memory of his late wife, Linda Haskell, a Los Altos psychiatric social worker killed by a drunk driver in a 1992 accident that also left Lucy with lifelong disabilities.

Cal Water official: Water restrictions likely to ease this summer

California Water Service Co. will likely ease water-use reduction requirements in the wake of a decision by the State Water Resources Control Board to allow water suppliers to set their own conservation targets based on local water supply conditions.

“We believe very strongly that we are still experiencing serious drought conditions in many parts of the state, and we will continue to encourage and support our customers’ efforts to use water efficiently,” said Shannon Dean, Cal Water vice president of corporate communications and community affairs. “However, given the state board’s formula for setting new conservation targets, it is likely that we will suspend surcharges in most, if not all, of our service areas.”

Morning Forum speaker describes SF's changing landscape

John King, urban design critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, discussed “What Yesterday’s Buildings Say About Today’s San Francisco” at the Morning Forum of Los Altos May 17.

King joined the Chronicle in 1992, and in 2001 created his current post writing two weekly columns, “Cityscape” and “Place.” He studied history at UC Berkeley and earned a master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University.

Critic discusses why 'Great Gatsby' endures: Morning Forum of Los Altos

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Maureen Corrigan addresses the Morning Forum of Los Altos May 3.

Book critic Maureen Corrigan explained why she and many others view “The Great Gatsby” as the greatest American novel in her presentation “So We Read On: How ‘The Great Gatsby’ Came to Be and Why It Endures” at the Morning Forum of Los Altos May 3.

Corrigan – author, book critic for NPR’s “Fresh Air,” columnist for The Washington Post and English lecturer at Georgetown University – began her talk by confessing that when she first read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel as a high school student, she thought it “was just a boring book about rich people.”

SV@Home releases roadmap for local affordable housing

SV@Home, a nonprofit advocate for affordable housing, released its “Policy Roadmap: How Do We Tackle the Affordable Housing Crisis?” document May 13 at the launch of Santa Clara County’s Affordable Housing Week.

The document details a collaborative plan that lays out strategies and solutions for addressing the region’s challenging housing market.

MV signs proclamation; rent control proponents gathering signatures for Nov. 8 ballot measure

Mountain View officials last week signed an official Proclamation of Support for Affordable Housing Week.

Mountain View is part of a regional effort, joining seven other cities and Santa Clara County, in signing the proclamation and demonstrating renewed support for housing solutions. Others cities included Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Morgan Hill, Palo Alto, San Jose and Sunnyvale.

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