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Official discusses improvements in VA Palo Alto Health Care System

Kathryn Tomaino/Special to the Town Crier
Walt Dannenberg, associate director of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, speaks at the Morning Forum of Los Altos about efforts to streamline the VA system to better serve veterans.

Walt Dannenberg, associate director of the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, highlighted the plight of veterans in his presentation on “The Transformation of Health Care with a Veteran-Centered Focus” at the Morning Forum of Los Altos March 1.

According to Dannenberg, the mission statement of the VA dates back to Abraham Lincoln, and the secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs reports directly to the president of the United States. The mission of the VA is to provide comprehensive care and services to veterans and their families, and to serve those who served.

Rotary Club of Los Altos event raises $30,000 for veterans

Lina Broydo/Special to the Town Crier 
Guests at the Feb. 26 Cioppino Feed included, from left, Rotary Club of Los Altos President Jerry Moison, Michael and Socrates Manoukian, and event chairman Ron Labetich.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos’ annual Cioppino Feed raised more than $30,000 for student veterans at Foothill College pursuing their college degrees while they integrate into community life after their service.

Proceeds from the event, held Feb. 26 at the Garden House in Shoup Park, support a scholarship fund established in the name of the late Capt. Matt Manoukian, son of Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Socrates “Pete” Manoukian and Associate Justice Patricia Bamattre-Manoukian of Los Altos Hills.

Volunteer judges needed for Margaret Thompson Historical Essay Contest

Organizers of the 32nd annual Margaret Thompson Historical Essay Contest are looking for volunteer judges to read this year’s submitted essays.

An essay reading session is scheduled 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in Room 2 at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

Los Altos seismologist personally, professionally impacted by Taiwan quake

Courtesy of Ben Tsai
Seismological engineer Ben Tsai says Los Altos’ geology is similar to the Pacific plate that triggered the recent earthquake in Taiwan.

Within seconds of the first tremors, Los Altos resident Ben Tsai received the report of the 6.4 Tainan City, Taiwan, earthquake that struck Feb. 6. It was shortly after noon in Los Altos and, by chance, Tsai was presenting a paper on earthquakes in the Memoirs Writing Class at Hillview Community Center when the first alert reached him.

The pre-dawn disaster was announced by auto-report. Sensitive automatic monitors alerted geologists and others on the network within seconds of sensing the clashing of the tectonic plates under the city of Tainan. The information was broadcast immediately to locations and scientists with receptors around the world. Because sound waves travel faster than the motion of the plates deep underground, the warning system provides surrounding communities earlier notice than they would have received prior to its installation. Advanced technology cannot control or prevent earthquakes, but it allows populated areas more time to seek safe shelters.

Sons In Retirement gathers for speakers, activities

Author Margaret O’Mara spoke to the local chapter of Sons In Retirement (SIR) about 20th-century elections at Fremont Hills Country Club March 2.

O’Mara discussed her latest book, “Pivotal Tuesdays: Four Elections That Shaped the 20th Century,” which focuses on the elections of 1912, 1932, 1968 and 1992. A visiting history professor from the University of Washington, she currently teaches at Stanford University.

Local official tells SPARC members rent control may be on the rise



San Jose City Councilman Johnny Khamis had a message for local residents gathered at a recent political event in Los Altos Hills: Astronomical Bay Area rents are driving discussions in San Jose, and the trend toward rent control is spreading.

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