Planner: 'Two Sunnyvales' headed to Santa Clara County in 15 years


When it comes to the future, there are three kinds of people, according to retired Santa Clara County principal planner Don Weden: Those who make it happen, those who let it happen and those who wonder what happened.


Moms' group aims to collect 1,000 books for nonprofit helping homeless

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Members of Los Altos Mothers Uniting Mothers, pictured here earlier this year, have organized a drive to gather books for Project Night Night, a nonprofit group that serves homeless children.

It may seem like a lofty goal – collecting 1,000 books in two weeks for donation to a nonprofit organization that helps homeless children – but members of Los Altos Mothers Uniting Mothers are determined to reach it.

The group of approximately 40 moms – more commonly known as MUMs, based at Los Altos United Methodist Church – doesn’t expect to do it alone, however. Members are relying on the community to help them with the book drive for Project Night Night.


Rotarians give backpacks to teens in need

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Members of the Rotary Club of Los Altos donated fully loaded backpacks to teens through the InnVision Shelter Network.

The Red Badgers – a group of Rotary Club Los Altos newcomers – recently donated 25 fully loaded backpacks to high school juniors and seniors who are homeless or living in shelters.

The group collected $4,000 in cash and pledges from local residents, and Target contributed $100 and 25 $10 gift cards.


City introduces trial program to provide food for homebound seniors: Rotisserie chickens offered beginning mid-September

The city of Los Altos Recreation and Community Services Department is sponsoring the Shopping Assistance for Seniors who are Homebound (S.A.S.H.) trial program, scheduled to launch Sept. 14.

Local volunteers are available to pick up cooked rotisserie chickens from Costco and deliver them to homebound Los Altos seniors, according to city spokeswoman Erica Ray.


PA Auxiliary supports children's hospital with 'Fancy Nancy Tea Party'

Illustration by Robin Preiss Glasser
Robin Preiss Glasser, illustrator of the series featuring “Fancy Nancy,” above, is scheduled to attend a fundraiser for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.

The Palo Alto Auxiliary, which includes many Los Altos residents, has scheduled a “Fancy Nancy Tea Party” 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 19 at Christ Episcopal Church, 1040 Border Road, Los Altos.

The event will feature a presentation by “Fancy Nancy” illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser, face painting and a photo booth. Each child will receive a “Fancy Nancy” book and goodie bag.


How abusive husband seemed omnipotent and drove wife to edge of sanity: Confronting Domestic Violence

This is the second in a six-part series on domestic violence and technological abuse. Names, professions, history and other personal identifying features have been changed to create a composite character to protect confidentiality. In Part 1, after leaving Ed, her abusive husband, Beth discovers that he has been using technology to stalk, frighten, control and discredit her. To read Part 1, visit


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