Cal Water: Residents won't get coronavirus from tap water

People may contract the coronavirus through close human contact or not thoroughly washing their hands, but they won’t get it from drinking tap water.

Officials with California Water Service Co., which has a Los Altos office, assured customers last week their drinking water is safe.

Crisis leaves major Los Altos events in flux

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A scene from last year’s Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival, above, captures happier, more carefree times in the days before social distancing and the coronavirus pandemic. Such events in 2020 face postponement or even cancellation, as there is no clear timeline for when the shelter-in-place directive will end.

The expanding coronavirus crisis will likely mean continued cancellations or postponements of Los Altos events.

Three of the biggest of the year, the Rotary Club of Los Altos’ Fine Art in the Park, the Kiwanis Club of Los Altos’ Pet Parade and the Los Altos Village Association’s summer Arts & Wine Festival, all could be impacted.

City of Los Altos looks to boost morale with bevy of online options

The city of Los Altos not only continues to provide essential services during the coronavirus crisis, officials also are looking to boost morale.

City officials designed a webpage with the aim of serving as a clearinghouse for a variety of positive-thinking campaigns. The site is available at

First woman to serve as Rotary president recalls struggle


When Sylvia Whitlock joined the Duarte Rotary Club in the 1970s, Rotary International revoked the club’s charter. Although she met the club’s requirement as a “person of good character,” Whitlock’s main problem was too much to overcome: She was a woman.

But Whitlock, a school principal from Duarte, persevered. And when the club’s “men-only” rule changed to admit women in the 1980s, Whitlock’s good character figured in her becoming the world’s first female Rotary Club president.

Nonprofits rising to challenge amid community lockdown

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Nadja Jackson, Block Action Team project manager for Los Altos Community Foundation, places bags of celery on a table for Community Services Agency clients Friday. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, employees of CSA temporarily moved their pantry operation into the Mountain View nonprofit’s parking lot.

The shelter-in-place directive is not only impacting restaurants and retailers, it’s also hurting local nonprofit groups in a variety of ways.

For Community Services Agency, the social service nonprofit serving residents of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, the demand is rising as the number of volunteers decreases.

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