Attending a Friday-night preview of the Friends of the Library book sale in Los Altos feels like an antiquarian rugby scrum.
The business of books summons an eccentric cast of characters. Part dealer, part zealot, part hoarder, part dilettante, the keenest shoppers snake in a line around the building, sometimes hours before doors open at 6:30 p.m. When the first wave charges into two huge spaces at Hillview Community Center stuffed with donated books, pawing across box-stacked folding tables, some wield specially calibrated bar code scanners. Within only a few minutes, advance runners begin to trail out to twilight parking lots, arms full.
The Silicon Valley Realtors Charitable Foundation, the charitable arm of the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors, recently awarded $1,000 scholarships to 18 graduating seniors from public high schools in Silicon Valley, including two from the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District.
Los Altos High’s Jodie Bhattacharya and Mountain View High’s Cathy Xuan Zhang received scholarships. Both plan to attend Stanford University in the fall.
In response to the groundswell of interest in regenerative agriculture and access to ethically produced food, Hidden Villa has launched the new Food For Thought initiative, specifically geared toward helping eaters better understand their food.
New programming under Food For Thought will create opportunities for Silicon Valley residents to learn about and connect with the progressive and inspired agricultural work being done by the farmers and ranchers who serve the local food system.
Mountain View City Council members spent hours last week wrestling with a business-license fee increase meant to boost city revenues while being fair to businesses of all sizes.
When the dust settled, the council opted for a model that would generate appoximately $6.1 million annually – a considerable jump from the $260,000 per year the city currently collects. Los Altos, by contrast, collects approximately $453,000 in such fees annually.
It would be reasonable to assume that industrial innovation or chemical engineering limit what goes into local recycling bins and what gets consigned to the trash. But the contents of your bin respond to big business – the vast networks of scraps transported and repurposed across borders.
When China drastically changed its recyclables import policy this year, it caused a ripple effect across U.S. waste management, particularly on the West Coast. And the effects were felt in Los Altos and Mountain View.