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Critic discusses why 'Great Gatsby' endures: Morning Forum of Los Altos

Kathryn Tomaino/ Special to the Town Crier
Maureen Corrigan addresses the Morning Forum of Los Altos May 3.

Book critic Maureen Corrigan explained why she and many others view “The Great Gatsby” as the greatest American novel in her presentation “So We Read On: How ‘The Great Gatsby’ Came to Be and Why It Endures” at the Morning Forum of Los Altos May 3.

Corrigan – author, book critic for NPR’s “Fresh Air,” columnist for The Washington Post and English lecturer at Georgetown University – began her talk by confessing that when she first read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel as a high school student, she thought it “was just a boring book about rich people.”

SV@Home releases roadmap for local affordable housing

SV@Home, a nonprofit advocate for affordable housing, released its “Policy Roadmap: How Do We Tackle the Affordable Housing Crisis?” document May 13 at the launch of Santa Clara County’s Affordable Housing Week.

The document details a collaborative plan that lays out strategies and solutions for addressing the region’s challenging housing market.

MV signs proclamation; rent control proponents gathering signatures for Nov. 8 ballot measure

Mountain View officials last week signed an official Proclamation of Support for Affordable Housing Week.

Mountain View is part of a regional effort, joining seven other cities and Santa Clara County, in signing the proclamation and demonstrating renewed support for housing solutions. Others cities included Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Morgan Hill, Palo Alto, San Jose and Sunnyvale.

CSA executive director: New changes at agency reflect evolving needs

Skyrocketing housing costs and the resulting exodus of low-income residents has Community Services Agency of Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills readjusting its strategy: Rather than helping families stay in their homes, the nonprofit safety net wants to help stabilize their housing temporarily so that they can better prepare to leave the area.

“I’m not one that’s prone to hyperbole, but I will use the word ‘crisis’ right now when dealing with the housing situation,” said Tom Myers, CSA executive director, in a meeting last week with Town Crier staff.

League of Women Voters offers tips for voting in June 7 primary election

As Republican and Democratic presidential hopefuls hit the campaign trail up and down California, for the first time in many years state voters will influence the November presidential nomination outcome.

According to Cathy Lazurus, vice president of the Los Altos-Mountain League of Women Voters, the lead-up to the June 7 primary will be an interesting time, not just because of presidential politics, but also because of a host of state and local races and ballot initiatives.

Public pension reform necessary to avoid bankruptcy, assessor tells Rotary Club

Santa Clara County Assessor Larry E. Stone pulled no punches as he addressed the Rotary Club of Los Altos May 12 on the topic of public pension reform.

He began by acknowledging that he himself will benefit significantly from California’s PERS pension system when he retires.

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