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Los Altos Dispute Resolution Services marks two decades of problem solving


Courtesy of Mike Abrams
Commemorating Los Altos Dispute Resolution Services 20th anniversary are, from left, Joe Eyre, executive director, Los Altos Community Foundation; Annette Graff, Los Altos Dispute Resolution Services chairwoman; Police Chief Tuck Younis; Capt. Rick Sung, Sheriff’s Office; and mediator Chris Nagao.

Los Altos Dispute Resolution Services celebrated its 20th anniversary April 22.

The program, funded by the Los Altos Community Foundation since 1995, offers dispute resolution services to local residents.

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Q&A: Meet the city's new public works and administrative services directors

The city of Los Altos has hired three new department directors in the past ten months. The Town Crier recently profiled new Recreation Director Manny Hernandez. This week, the Town Crier profiles Susana Chan, new public works director, and Kim Juran-Karageorgiou, new administrative services director.

Susanna Chan, public works director

Education: Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, master’s degree in environmental engineering, both from UC Berkeley

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FCS event tackles domestic violence problems, solutions


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Domestic violence remains a serious problem for families of all races, religions and income levels. It’s an issue Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley addressed head-on at the organization’s Circle of Support fundraiser, held May 1 at Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club.

In addition to a new location, the fundraiser transitioned from a breakfast to a luncheon. A capacity crowd of more than 300 heard author Morgan Steiner discuss her experiences with an abusive husband.

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Slideshow: Los Altos Live!

More than 20 acts performed to a soldout crowd April 25 at Los Altos High School's Eagle Theater for the seventh annual "Los Altos Live!" talent show. The show featured an eclectic range of acts, including rock bands, singers, dancers and the Broadway-bound Eddie Shiang. Event proceeds fund scholarships for Camp Diversity, a four-day retreat at which students break down social barriers.

World Affairs guests hear challenges of reporting overseas

A Peninsula Chapter of the World Affairs Council panel recently offered a rare glimpse of what it’s like for journalists to work in foreign countries. Nearly 100 people attended the “Authentic Voices from the International Press” event, held April 1 at the Los Altos Youth Center.

The panel featured three journalists from Stanford University’s John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships program – Izabela Moi of Brazil, Dickens Olewe of Kenya and Najia Ashar of Pakistan. The panelists described the living conditions and their professional situations in their respective countries and spotlighted the projects they are working on at Stanford to improve media coverage in their homelands.

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Local business owner pedals on Climate Ride


Courtesy of Heather Lussier
Heather Lussier plans to cycle 300 miles along the Northern California coast to raise awareness of climate change.

Heather Lussier, owner of Heather Lussier Photography and Posh Pooch Portraits in Los Altos, is slated to participate in the annual Climate Ride California 2015, a multiday cycling fundraiser that travels 300 miles along the Northern California coast to San Francisco May 17-21.

The ride is designed to raise awareness of sustainability, renewable energy, climate change and bicycle advocacy.

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