Morning Forum speaker aims to combat human trafficking


The Morning Forum of Los Altos delved into a heavy topic Jan. 20 when Danielle Parish, ambassador for the Bay Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition, discussed the campaign for a slave-free Bay Area.

In her speaking engagements, Parish emphasizes community-based strategies to fight human trafficking and educates the public on related global issues.


Call out for 'diverse' blood donors

In honor of Black History Month in February, the American Red Cross seeks local blood donors as diverse as the patients who need their blood donations to ensure a sufficient blood supply.

The American Red Cross Bloodmobile offers two local opportunities to donate:


Mayor recognizes volunteer commissioners at reception

The city of Los Altos has scheduled a Commission Recognition Reception 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

Mayor Jan Pepper initiated the reception, resurrecting an event former Mayor Jane Reed held when she served on the city council.


Efforts of LA resident make progress in poor country

Courtesy of Andrew Lederer
Los Altos resident Andrew Lederer, right, co-founder of Build a School in Burma, offers a helping hand to a farmer in Burma.

The Town Crier featured an article last week on the work of Los Altos resident Andrew Lederer, co-founder of the nonprofit Build a School in Burma (BSB). Since its launch in 2011, the organization has built eight schools, with two more under construction and one ready to begin construction in 2015. The following Q&A explores Lederer’s work in greater detail.


Community Briefs

CSA’s Myers speaks at Federated Woman’s Club

The Federated Woman’s Club of Los Altos has scheduled Tom Myers, executive director of the Community Services Agency, to speak at its meeting Feb. 4 at Michaels at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

A business meeting will begin at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon and Myers’ presentation at 1 p.m.


Midnight Express offers late-night rides from SF

From Midnight Express Instagram
A group of millennial-aged Santas celebrating a night on the town prepare for a safe ride from San Francisco to their South Bay homes, courtesy of Cory Althoff’s new Midnight Express shuttle.

It’s no understatement to claim that Cory Althoff’s new late-night transportation service – Midnight Express – happened overnight.

Just before Christmas, Althoff, a Los Altos resident, was joking with his buddies about the lack of affordable transportation options for returning home to the South Bay from a night on the town in San Francisco. Their banter resulted in the new transportation service.


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