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.


'Speaking Volumes' series features author T.J. Stiles

The Los Altos Library Endowment has scheduled author T.J. Stiles to appear at its annual “Speaking Volumes” event 7:30 p.m. March 24 in the Orchard Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The Los Altos Library Endowment has presented the series since 2003, bringing to Los Altos writers of fiction and nonfiction, a Stanford psychiatry professor, a Pulitzer Prize winner and a Google scientist.


Los Altos Morning Forum lecture series continues 66th season

The 66th annual Morning Forum of Los Altos continues its season with speaker Rick Steves discussing “Broadening Your Global Perspective through Travel” 10:15 a.m. Tuesday at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

Steves, writer, producer and host of “Rick Steves’ Europe” on PBS, is the author of more than 50 travel books on Europe. He advocates smart, independent, perspective-broadening travel and encourages Americans to dive deep into Europe and become “temporary locals.”


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Los Altos Live! auditions set for this weekend

Auditions for Los Altos Live! – the eighth annual talent show to benefit local high school programs – are scheduled noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the band room at Los Altos High School, 201 Almond Ave.

The show is slated for 7:30 p.m. April 2 in Los Altos High’s Eagle Theater.


Los Altos native shares pool with starlet Scarlett in "Hail, Caesar!"

Los Altos native Margo Sargent, 22, recently experienced the thrill of a lifetime when she was one of 10 synchronized swimmers selected to appear in the new movie, “Hail, Caesar!” starring George Clooney and Channing Tatum. “In the distance one day, I saw Channing Tatum. It was cool to see (him) with my own eyes.” Sargent took up synchronized swimming at age 6. Courtesy of Rachel SHERBOW/SINGER ASSOCIATES

The new movie “Hail, Caesar!” features a scene in which actress Scarlett Johansson dives into a pool of 32 synchronized swimmers – one of whom was born and raised in Los Altos.

“It was incredible being on such a huge set, a huge stage,” said Margo Sargent, 22. “In the distance one day, I saw Channing Tatum. It was cool to see (him) with my own eyes.”


Political commentator assesses 2016 election for Morning Forum audience

Kathryn Tomaino/ Special to the Town Crier

Larry Gerston, Ph.D., professor and political analyst, offered the Morning Forum of Los Altos audience a humorous and insightful analysis of “The 2016 Election: Why We Should Care (And Why Few People Do!)” Feb. 16.

A political science professor at San Jose State University for more than 40 years, Gerston is the author of 12 academic books and countless magazine articles and op-ed columns. He is a regular political commentator on NBC, CBS, CNN, BBC and NPR.


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