Morning Forum presentation explores impact of U.S. Supreme Court decisions

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The National Law Journal’s Marcia Coyle offers insight on the workings of the U.S. Supreme Court at a recent Morning Forum presentation. Coyle has covered the court for the past 28 years.

Marcia Coyle, chief Washington correspondent for the National Law Journal, discussed “The Impact of Recent Supreme Court Decisions” at the Morning Forum of Los Altos Nov. 17.

Coyle has covered the U.S. Supreme Court for 28 years. She regularly appears on “The PBS News Hour” and has received many awards for her work, including the George Polk Award, the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award and the Scripps Howard Foundation Award.


Volunteers honored for service at annual awards luncheon

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Joint Community Volunteer Service Award winners include, from left, Val Carpenter, John Sylvester, Jeanne MacVicar, Douglas Roberts, Judy and Bob Dahl and Daniel McCandless, a member of the Monkey Toy Makers.

Add five more residents and a group of doll makers to the honor roll of volunteers who have earned Joint Community Volunteer Service Awards. The 2015 group received recognition Friday at the 33rd annual service awards luncheon in Palo Alto.

The event, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, drew a full house, many from nonprofit groups that nominated this year’s winners. A committee of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills representatives selected winners from among the nominees.


CHAC emphasizes value of individual, importance of family

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The Community Health Awareness Council continues to provide mental health services to a growing population of at-risk children and families. Among its recent accomplishments, CHAC sponsored a youth forum in May.

• Mission: The Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC) provides alternatives to self-destructive behavior and helps create healthy lives for children and families in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View and surrounding communities.

• 2016 update: CHAC underwent a leadership change this year after longtime Executive Director Monique Kane retired. Naomi Nakano-Matsumoto assumed the leadership role in July.


Child Advocates offers foster children stability, attention

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Through Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, Court Appointed Special Advocate Denise enjoys time with Mayra. Child Advocates aims to provide stability in the turbulent lives of foster children.

• Mission: Through Child Advocates of Silicon Valley, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) serve Santa Clara County foster children who have experienced physical, emotional or sexual abuse at the hands of the adults in their lives. CASAs are volunteers who focus on individual children and provide them with much-needed stability and attention.

• 2015 update: In fiscal year 2015, Child Advocates managed to recruit 198 new volunteers while continuing to maintain and support at least 575 existing volunteers.


ALearn expands program reach to meet increasing needs

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Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District student Alyssa Baluyot displays her ALearn college research board.


Cal Water exec: Water issues complex; El Niño may not end drought conditions

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SPARC President John McDonnell, left, and Vice President Peter Coe Verbica flank Marty Kropelnicki, president and CEO of California Water Service Co., at last month’s SPARC meeting.

Without significant rain in December and January, homeowners and businesses may face an extension of water restrictions through next summer, according to Marty Kropelnicki, president and CEO of California Water Service Co.

“El Niño may bring temporary relief, but California’s water issues are complex and are not likely to be solved by a wet winter,” said Kropelnicki, speaking in front of a packed house at the South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition (SPARC) meeting Nov. 18 at Fremont Hills Country Club in Los Altos Hills.


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