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LA resident's legacy underwrites YWCA Empowerment Center

In the final days of his battle with cancer in 2014, Los Altos psychiatrist Peter Lucy asked that his inheritance help establish a center that provides low-cost mental health services to women.

Lucy owned three homes, including a Craftsman-style residence on Palo Alto’s Homer Avenue built by his great-uncle circa 1910. Lucy’s original goal was to sell his homes in Los Altos and Mountain View and use the proceeds from the sales and other investments to convert the Homer Avenue house into a mental health and housing facility. He wished to name the facility in memory of his late wife, Linda Haskell, a Los Altos psychiatric social worker killed by a drunk driver in a 1992 accident that also left Lucy with lifelong disabilities.

Cal Water official: Water restrictions likely to ease this summer

California Water Service Co. will likely ease water-use reduction requirements in the wake of a decision by the State Water Resources Control Board to allow water suppliers to set their own conservation targets based on local water supply conditions.

“We believe very strongly that we are still experiencing serious drought conditions in many parts of the state, and we will continue to encourage and support our customers’ efforts to use water efficiently,” said Shannon Dean, Cal Water vice president of corporate communications and community affairs. “However, given the state board’s formula for setting new conservation targets, it is likely that we will suspend surcharges in most, if not all, of our service areas.”

Morning Forum speaker describes SF's changing landscape

John King, urban design critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, discussed “What Yesterday’s Buildings Say About Today’s San Francisco” at the Morning Forum of Los Altos May 17.

King joined the Chronicle in 1992, and in 2001 created his current post writing two weekly columns, “Cityscape” and “Place.” He studied history at UC Berkeley and earned a master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University.

Relay For Life scheduled June 12

The newly revamped Relay For Life of Los Altos, dubbed “Relay 2.0,” is scheduled 5-9 p.m. June 12 at Hillview Park, 97 Hillview Ave.

The signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society will feature a family picnic and a 2-mile lap around the Hillview neighborhood. The event will include live music, children’s activities and a pink flamingo decorating contest.

Library offers bellydance class

The Los Altos Library has scheduled a Bellydance Fitness for All class for all ages and skill levels noon to 1 p.m. June 6, 20 and 27; July 25; and Aug. 8, 15, 22 and 29 in the Orchard Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Participants will learn the ancient art of Egyptian bellydance from Hala, a native professional, and partake in a full-body workout. Hala’s teaching method is based on Eastern and Western traditions.

Community Briefs

Recreation department hosts dinner, jazz event

The Los Altos Recreation & Community Services Department has scheduled “Dinner and Jazz on the Patio” 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Los Altos Senior Center, 97 Hillview Ave.

The event will include a cooking demonstration of the evening’s menu items by chef Lamont Perriman. Diners may choose from thyme-roasted chicken, apricot-glazed salmon and spiced tofu, mushroom and kale steak.

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