Firefighter dubbed ‘Mayor of Los Altos’ calls it quits after long career

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Firefighter engineer and paramedic Michael Handel celebrates retirement with his wife, Terri.

Firefighting has been in Michael Handel’s blood since he was a child. All it took was an elementary school visit to a local firehouse, and he was hooked.

E3 Youth Philanthropy brings holiday cheer to youth in custody

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Julieth Lara, E3 Kids in Custody team member and a Los Altos High junior, displays handmade greeting cards the group made for incarcerated youth.

It all began with a phone call to Los Altos Community Foundation.

Arts Los Altos commissions new mural

Arts Los Altos recently selected local artist Martha Sakellariou to design a new mural for downtown Los Altos, titled “200 Main Street [an Inventory of Time and Place].”

Meetings Jan. 27, Feb. 11 set to discuss 90-unit affordable housing project

The city of Los Altos has scheduled two community meetings to discuss an all-affordable housing project that could offer at least 90 new units to the city.

SCV Lives: Reporter reflects on the U.S. Capitol siege and difficult aftermath

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Robin Chapman prepares for a live report for WJLA-TV on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol in the 1980s.

All America has been stunned by the scenes of the Jan. 6 attack on our Capitol. Like many of you, I’m still in shock. I was a reporter there some years ago: a small fry in a big place. As I gain in years and know more about the world, I understand how lucky I was to bear witness there to open debate in a free society – a rare thing on a planet where secret police and government by thuggery are still all too common.

History Museum receives county grant for redesign of exhibition

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As evident in Miss Lamb’s fifth-grade class photo taken at Los Altos Grammar School in 1929, a large population of residents in the area were of Japanese descent. They were forced into internment camps during World War II. The History Museum’s new permanent exhibition personalizes the experiences through oral memoirs and photographs of local residents.

The Los Altos History Museum is embarking on a reimagining of its permanent exhibition, with help from a $175,000 grant from Santa Clara County.


 

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