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CSA executive director: New changes at agency reflect evolving needs

Skyrocketing housing costs and the resulting exodus of low-income residents has Community Services Agency of Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills readjusting its strategy: Rather than helping families stay in their homes, the nonprofit safety net wants to help stabilize their housing temporarily so that they can better prepare to leave the area.

“I’m not one that’s prone to hyperbole, but I will use the word ‘crisis’ right now when dealing with the housing situation,” said Tom Myers, CSA executive director, in a meeting last week with Town Crier staff.

League of Women Voters offers tips for voting in June 7 primary election

As Republican and Democratic presidential hopefuls hit the campaign trail up and down California, for the first time in many years state voters will influence the November presidential nomination outcome.

According to Cathy Lazurus, vice president of the Los Altos-Mountain League of Women Voters, the lead-up to the June 7 primary will be an interesting time, not just because of presidential politics, but also because of a host of state and local races and ballot initiatives.

Public pension reform necessary to avoid bankruptcy, assessor tells Rotary Club

Santa Clara County Assessor Larry E. Stone pulled no punches as he addressed the Rotary Club of Los Altos May 12 on the topic of public pension reform.

He began by acknowledging that he himself will benefit significantly from California’s PERS pension system when he retires.

Fine Art in the Park proceeds support local, international projects

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A visitor examines a vase made from recycled materials at the recent Fine Art in the Park show at Lincoln Park in Los Altos.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos’ 41st annual Fine Art in the Park show May 14 and 15 raised funds for local and international charitable groups and projects.

“We had more than 50 new participating artists this year, and we suspect our attendance numbers are higher than ever before,” said Frank Elmer, chairman of this year’s Fine Art in the Park. “In addition, our preliminary numbers show around a 10 percent increase in sales this year. The art show sales are particularly important, as they benefit dollar for dollar the many community service projects run by the Rotary Club of Los Altos.”

Veteran Marie Houghton Mong: Mapping out a long life of doing

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Marie Houghton Mong relaxes with one of her two 16-year-old cats at The Terraces at Los Altos retirement community.

On the average day, Marie Houghton Mong can be found in her attractive and comfortable apartment at The Terraces at Los Altos in the company of her two 16-year-old cats.

She plays mahjong once a week and exercises “reluctantly.” She reads the Chronicle and the New Yorker magazine daily, does the crossword puzzles, and assists with a regular current events class at The Terraces. She still does her income taxes by herself.

Making history

Members of the Los Altos Historical Commission and the Los Altos History Museum’s Education Committee honored winners of the 32nd annual Margaret Thompson Historical Essay Contest at a reception at the History Museum May 10. Pictured in the front row, from left, are first-place winners Cooper Han, third grade; John Selden, fourth grade; Alexander Shen, fifth grade; and Emily Han, sixth grade. In the middle are second-place winners Alec Van Kerckhove, sixth grade; Ashwin Itty, third grade; Annie Schwartz, fifth grade; Katie Noble, fourth grade; and Audrey Hollenbeck, fourth grade. In the back are third-place winners Clark Ian Avery, sixth grade; Carly Schwaab, fourth grade; Parisa Braun, fifth grade; Alexandra Nakamoto, third grade; and Abby Hyver, fifth grade. John and Alexander are holding the trophy presented to Gardner Bullis School, the school with the most winners. After the reception at the museum, students attended the Los Altos City Council meeting, where they were congratulated by Mayor Jeannie Bruins and given cash awards for their efforts: first-place winners received $50; second place, $30; and third place, $20.

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