'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

Courtesy of Carol Garsten
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.


100 Women foundation sponsors Shop & Dine in Los Altos

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Vilma Sinclair, from left, Terri Connolly and Cori Mehring prepare for the 100 Women Charitable Foundation’s Shop & Dine Day, scheduled Nov. 18 in downtown Los Altos.

The Los Altos-based 100 Women Charitable Foundation has scheduled its second 100 Women Shop & Dine Day 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 18 in downtown Los Altos.

The foundation partners with Los Altos merchants for the Shop & Dine fundraiser. Merchants donate a percentage of sales from the day to the foundation, which disburses 100 percent of the proceeds to six local nonprofit groups at the foundation’s annual membership voting dinner in March. The inaugural event in 2013 raised nearly $6,000.


Packard Foundation, Ashoka Changemakers award empathy grants

Gary Hedden/Special to the Town Crier
Several hundred guests attended the Los Altos-based Packard Foundation’s 50th Anniversary Open House Oct. 22. Along with snacks and tours, the event featured an awards ceremony that honored winners of the Building Vibrant Communities: Activating Empathy to Create Change online grant competition. Grant recipient Carmel Jud, above, founder and executive director of Rising International, trains women and teens to launch social businesses and market crafts handmade by women survivors of war, rape and human trafficking.

The Los Altos-based David and Lucile Packard Foundation and Ashoka Changemakers Oct. 23 named the six winners of the online grant competition they co-sponored, Building Vibrant Communities: Activating Empathy to Create Change.

The organizations announced the winners at the Packard Foundation’s 50th Anniversary Open House, during which winners and finalists shared their ideas with several hundred attendees.


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