LA City Council candidates take stage for lively election forum

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Los Altos City Council candidates, from left, Karen Berner, Jarrett Fishpaw, Alexander Glew, Jean Mordo and Mary Prochnow answer questions at last week’s election forum.

Los Altos City Council candidates discussed a range of concerns, from downtown parking to priorities for rebuilding a civic center, at an Oct. 1 forum that proved as entertaining as it was informative.

Drawing from questions submitted online, by the local media and by the audience at Los Altos High School’s Eagle Theater, forum moderator Robin Abrams set a brisk pace. The five candidates seeking two open seats on the council were allotted 60 seconds to answer each question.


Volunteers benefit from service

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Los Altos Senior Center Coordinator Candace Avina, left, discusses upcoming events with volunteer Verda Keenan.

Local high school senior Dariya Smith has discovered that she helps herself by helping others.

“I think that for me ... anytime I’m sad or depressed ... going out and helping people makes me feel a lot better,” the Mountain View resident said. “I’ve gone through some of my hardest times by focusing on how to help them.”


Council candidates address making Los Altos friendlier

Members of Los Altos Forward solicited questions for a series of forums with the candidates running for Los Altos City Council. Five candidates are running for two seats on the council in the Nov. 4 election.

The candidates were asked to answer the following question in 50 words or less.


Whatever happened to Jan Hutchins? : Former sportscaster makes comeback to motivate Rotarians


Former KPIX-TV sports anchor Jan Hutchins, a familiar face to Bay Area residents, offered an update on his life and career Sept. 25 at a Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting.

After more than two decades in sportscasting, Hutchins pursued a host of experiences and opportunities and returned to motivate Los Altos residents to do the same.


ABC correspondent addresses Middle East crisis at Morning Forum

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Martha Raddatz discusses the crisis in the Middle East at the Morning Forum of Los Altos Sept. 16.

The Morning Forum of Los Altos kicked off its 65th season Sept. 16 with ABC News senior global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz offering a “View from Washington.”

Raddatz has received many awards and honors. Her team coverage at the State Department in the wake of 9/11 earned Peabody and Emmy awards. She previously served as ABC’s senior foreign affairs correspondent and as chief White House correspondent during the George W. Bush administration. She is a frequent guest on PBS’s “Washington Week” and “Charlie Rose.”


Town Crier seeks writers to spin spooky stories

October is here, which means that Halloween is right around the corner – and so is the Town Crier’s annual Spooky Stories contest.

We’re offering storytellers of all ages the opportunity to weave a Halloween-themed tale in under 400 words. We will award first-, second- and third-place honors to the authors. First-place authors will receive a prize.


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