WOMEN/SV: Offering a safe haven for abused women of means

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Ruth Patrick’s WOMEN/SV deals with an issue often kept behind closed doors: affluent women suffering abuse in silence.

The roots of the Women-of-Means Escape Network/Silicon Valley (WOMEN/SV) can be traced to founder Ruth Patrick’s career as a teacher.

Patrick, who founded her organization in 2012 with a grant from the Los Altos Community Foundation, distinctly recalled the difficulty some students had paying attention in her class one day.


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World Affairs talk focuses on drought

The World Affairs Council Peninsula Chapter and the Los Altos Library have scheduled Peter Gleick, Ph.D., founder and president of the Pacific Institute, to discuss “Water: California and the Global Outlook” 7:30-9 p.m. today at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

Gleick, an expert on water and climate issues, will present his perspective on California’s drought, including the impact climate and environmental changes are having on global fresh water supplies and the resulting effect on social, political and security matters.


'Community Conversation' speaker Klein addresses issue of financing for city projects


The downtown advocacy group Los Altos Forward has scheduled a Community Conversation on the topic “Can Los Altos Effectively Plan, Finance and Develop Civic Projects It Wants?” Monday at 242 State St., Los Altos. A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the presentation at 6 p.m.

Robert N. Klein, a financing and developing consultant named one of Time Magazine’s Most Influential People of the Year in 2005, will lead the conversation. Klein is president of Klein Financial Corp., which acts as a development managing partner or finance consultant for clients undertaking new construction, acquisition or rehabilitation projects, including affordable multifamily and mixed-use developments.


November First Friday showcases students' art

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Marissa Tsoi of Loyola School created the artwork for this month’s First Friday poster.

The student art exhibition “Why It’s Cool to Be a Kid in Los Altos” highlights this month’s First Friday event, scheduled 6-8 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Altos.

The display includes artwork submitted by elementary, middle and high school students through the Los Altos Art Docents Program.


Diabetes advocates slated to light the town blue

In observance of World Diabetes Day, local advocates have scheduled a walk 5 p.m. Nov. 14 through downtown Los Altos to raise awareness of Type 1 diabetes and honor local heroes.

Participants plan to meet at Citibank Plaza at 130 Main St. and proceed through downtown carrying blue balloons and glow sticks to “light the town blue,” according to organizers.


Los Altos police chief cites top five achievements

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Los Altos Police Chief Tuck Younis outlines the department’s successes at the Rotary Club of Los Altos’ Oct. 16 meeting.

Los Altos Police Chief Tuck Younis updated the Rotary Club of Los Altos on police department news Oct. 16, reporting a drop in local homicide, rape and robbery rates.


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