Leaving law for leadership, LAH resident gives global goals local roots

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Los Altos Hills Planning Commissioner Kavita Tankha expands her reach.

Home design and floor-area ratios may not be a subject that one would expect Kavita Tankha – philanthropist, women’s rights advocate and lawyer – to get excited about, but the Los Altos Hills resident has embraced her seat on the town’s Planning Commission as an extension of her skills at a local level.

“Rules and ordinances are very similar to law,” said Tankha, reflecting on her first term on the volunteer commission that spends hours reviewing applications for building permits. “Working with people and thinking critically are skills similar to those used in a court of law.”


Go "Figure" at new Gallery 9 exhibition

courtesy of Robin Chapman
An exhibition of civic center orchard paintings, left, opens Tuesday at the library.

Gallery 9 in downtown Los Altos features the group show “The Figure” through Saturday. The exhibition includes artwork inspired by human, plant and animal forms.

The gallery’s next exhibition, “Flowers,” is scheduled to open Tuesday and run through July 26. It showcases the color photography of Charles Halleck, who has documented the Bay Area for 25 years.


Rotary honors Foothill president for partnership, work with vets

Charles Lindauer/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos Rotary Past President John Sylvester, left, and current President Jack Kelly, right, present Foothill College President Judy Miner with the Paul Harris Award, the club’s highest honor.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos surprised Foothill College President Judy Miner last week, presenting her with the Paul Harris Award, the club’s highest honor.

“Dr. Miner has been supportive in all our efforts at Foothill College,” said Jack Kelly, current president of the club. “This is a great partnership and it is getting greater. Dr. Miner, we truly appreciate all your efforts partnering with Los Altos Rotary. It’s been wonderful, thank you.”


Rotary announces nonprofit recipients of spring grants

The Rotary Club of Los Altos awarded 13 local nonprofit organizations with community grants funded by proceeds from the 2013 Rotary Fine Art in the Park show.

Rotarians disbursed $17,450 in grants from the Los Altos Rotary Endowment Fund, in amounts ranging from $300 to $4,000.


Emergency response trainees graduate from Los Altos PREPARE

Courtesy of Tom Freed
Community Emergency Response Team trainers from the Santa Clara County Fire Department led graduates of Los Altos PREPARE’s course through 18 hours of training.

Los Altos PREPARE’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) recently put its students through final field exercises after 18 hours of training.

With help from George Hurst of the Santa Clara County Fire Department, CERT volunteers Leroy Wilkinson and Marsha Hovey, and Los Altos PREPARE staff members, Los Altos CERT graduates received a FEMA CERT Course diploma at their graduation ceremony May 31.


Community Briefs

Los Altos hosts emergency training

The city of Los Altos has scheduled free Personal Emergency Preparedness courses 6-9 p.m. July 14 at Hillview Community Center, Room 16, 97 Hillview Ave.; and Aug. 19 at Grant Park, Room 2, 1575 Holt Ave.

Santa Clara County Fire Department personnel teach the courses, designed to instruct residents how to be self-sufficient in the event of an emergency.


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