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Los Altos resident explores dark side of SV family life in film 'The Valley'


Los Altos resident Saila Kariat took a hard look around her, sensing that something was wrong under the layer of innovation and affluence that has defined Silicon Valley.

“In the past, both career and a happy family and social atmosphere were measures of the quality of a person’s life,” she said. “We live in an age where the barometers of success are money, achievement, power or fame – family and relationships take a back seat.”

Morning Forum speaker shines light on U.S.-China relations


A foreign policy expert shared her assessment of “United States Relations with Asia in the Age of Donald Trump” at the Morning Forum of Los Altos Feb. 7.

Anja Manuel, who earned a law degree from Harvard University, was for several years a U.S. State Department official negotiating with Delhi and Beijing. She is co-founder and partner in RiceHadleyGates LLC, a strategic consulting firm, with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley and former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. She is a lecturer in Stanford’s International Policy Studies Program, where she designed and teaches a course on U.S. foreign policy in Asia.

'Pre-History of the iPhone' talk set for March 2 in Mtn. View

The Computer History Museum’s latest presentation, “Computing in Your Pocket: The Pre-History of the iPhone in Silicon Valley,” is scheduled 7 p.m. March 2 at the museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View.

The panel discussion, moderated by Computer History Museum historian John Markoff, will focus on the race to design more personalized, handheld computers.

Director: ECH mental health services expanding


The subject of mental health is being taken more seriously these days.

“More and more people are coming out of their shells and talking about their mental health,” said Michael Fitzgerald, director of El Camino Hospital’s Behavioral Health Services.

Local resident shares lessons in aftermath of fallen oak tree

Courtesy of Ramya Krishna
A large oak tree fell on the Krishna family’s Los Altos house in January. Tree expert Roy Bradshaw said the tree suffered from “included bark,” causing it to split apart.

Like many Los Altos residents, I love our trees and enjoy their majestic natural beauty and the privacy their foliage provides. We take care of the large trees in our yard; they are inspected regularly to ensure their health.

However, we recently learned that even well-maintained trees can topple over – particularly during a strong storm.

Morning Forum presenter spotlights four films that changed the nation


Playwright and screenwriter Marc Lapadula offered his take on “Four Films That Changed America” for a Morning Forum of Los Altos audience Jan. 17.

Lapadula, senior lecturer in screenwriting for Yale University’s Film and Media Studies Program, discussed the films that he considers have most changed U.S. cinema and significantly influenced culture: “The Jazz Singer,” “I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang,” “The Graduate” and “Jaws.”

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