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Los Altos Chamber schedules annual Perspective

The Los Altos Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its 2011 “Perspective: State of the Cities – Los Altos & Los Altos Hills” luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Friday at Fremont Hills Country Club, 12889 Viscaino Place, Los Altos Hills.

The chamber will honor Larry Chu Jr. of Chef Chu’s restaurant with the 2011 Walter and Marie Singer Award. The luncheon will also feature presentations from Los Altos Mayor Ron Packard and Los Altos Hills Mayor Ginger Summit.

Tickets, $35 per person, include soup, salad and dessert.

For registration and more information, call 948-1455 or visit www.losaltoschamber.org.

ThreatMetrix debuts

ThreatMetrix, located at 5150 El Camino Real in Los Altos, is scheduled to participate in the 2011 Merchant Risk Council’s European e-Commerce Payments & Risk Conference this week in Spain.

ThreatMetrix will feature its cloud-based fraud-prevention platform, which daily profiles more than 15 million devices and screens hundreds of thousands of fraudulent transactions. ThreatMetrix serves hundreds of customers in e-commerce, financial services, payments, social networking/Web 2.0, affiliate marketing and government.

“European merchants find themselves under the same relentless pressure from fraudsters as their U.S. counterparts,” said Bert Rankin, vice president of marketing. “ThreatMetrix has made significant investments in Europe to help companies in their fight against online fraud, including opening a European headquarters office in The Hague, Netherlands, securing certification as being compliant with the United States-European Union Safe Harbor Framework and opening a data center in the United Kingdom.”

The Merchant Risk Council is a North American organization that manages payments, prevents fraud and promotes secure e-commerce, working with European merchants and industry leaders including Canon, eDreams, Nike, Philips and Symantec.

ThreatMetrix incorporates its SmartID cookieless device identification and enhanced mobile authentication to make it easier for banks, merchants, online businesses, payment gateways and payment providers to detect and screen for fraud.

For more information, call 625-1451 or visit www.threatmetrix.com.

Green California lauds State Sen. Joe Simitian

Green California recognized state Sen. Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto) as an Environmental Champion at its Advocacy Day reception May 10 in Sacramento.

The organization noted Simitian’s “near-perfect” record on its annual environmental scorecard and commended his authorship of the recently adopted renewable energy law, SB 2X, which requires California to secure 33 percent of its energy from renewable resources by 2020.

“I’m gratified to be recognized in this way,” Simitian said. “Even in a difficult year, we have continued to move meaningful environmental policy forward, helping our environment and our economy.”

Simitian is serving his sixth year as Senate Environmental Quality Committee chairman. He focuses his efforts on coastal protection, green chemistry and water quality and supply.

Green California is a network of more than 70 environmental, health and justice organizations with more than 1 million members who support the state’s most pressing environmental issues.

State Sens. Ellen Corbett (D-San Leandro), Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and Fran Pavley (D-Santa Monica) were also honored at the event.

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