Local nonprofit fighting child sex trafficking raises $112K at golf tourney

Los Altos-based Special Operations, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping victims of child sex trafficking, raised $112,000 at its recent annual golf tournament and dinner fundraiser.

A Los Altos Hills resident who asked not to be identified due to safety concerns founded Special Operations in 2017 in an effort to stop sex trafficking of children in the Bay Area. She said the organization does this by investigating potential sex-trafficking cases, assisting in the search and rescue of young girls, and targeting sex traffickers. Special Operations also provides direct assistance to victims, such as paying for food, clothing and counseling.

Acclaimed Chinese painter, Los Altos resident Hau featured in exhibition

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The works of artists Susan Chan and Paul Hau are on display at the Silicon Valley Asian Art Center.


Internationally acclaimed painter Hau Beiren, also known as Paul Hau, has teamed with fellow painter Susan Chan on a new exhibition, “A Refined Pair,” featuring depictions of lotus and plum blossoms.

Russia expert tells Morning Forum why U.S. reset didn't last


Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul’s Dec. 3 presentation at the Morning Forum of Los Altos, “An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia,” focused on the changing relationship between the U.S. and Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

McFaul is a scholar, policymaker, diplomat, media analyst for The Washington Post and NBC News, and author of the book “From Cold War to Hot Peace.”

Zimbabwe race ends its run: Organizers call it quits after 20 years of events

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Participants in the 2019 Run for Zimbabwe Orphans and Fair are off to the races at the St. Joseph School event. Chief organizer Ellen Clark of Los Altos has announced that she is discontinuing the annual fundraiser after 20 years.

After 20 years of sponsoring races that benefit Zimbabwe orphans, Los Altos resident Ellen Clark figures it’s time to stop.

“It has been a terrific run,” she said, no pun intended, of the annual Run for Zimbabwe Orphans and Fair.

City of Los Altos offers emergency-preparedness grants through Jan. 14

The city of Los Altos’ Community and Emergency Preparedness Grants Program funds projects aimed at encouraging residents and small businesses to improve emergency preparedness, build community and strengthen neighborhood ties.

Grants are available for qualified projects that support the program’s goals to enhance community resiliency by proactively preparing for emergencies and strengthening the community’s ability to respond to and recover from emergencies, disasters and crime; and to increase communication and bolster connections within the Los Altos community.

Los Altos Community Foundation course helps residents become local LEAD-ers

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Los Altos Community Foundation 2019 LEAD graduates include, front row, from left: Lori Sevcik, Nadja Jackson, Kellie Riccoboni, Jolee Crosson, Rachel Grainger, Shannon Geary, Bridget Matheson, Ying Liu and Ellie Ahi. Back:Adin Miller, Margriet DeLange, Bill Sheppard, Vivien D’Andrea, Birgitte Goossen, Kim Mosley, Arvind Ven, Chris Roat, Jonathan Weinberg, Claudia Coleman (program manager), Norelle Tavrow, Jane Truscott and Steve Chu. Not pictured: Chandra Nath, Steve Kattner and Michael Ellerin.

Los Altos Community Foundation sponsors the Leadership Education and Advancement (LEAD) program, designed to provide an in-depth introduction for residents and business owners interested in making a difference in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills.

In the 10 interactive classes, participants learn about the municipal, nonprofit, school, hospital and business organizations that drive the local community, and meet their leaders. Since the inception of the course in 1995, many of the 450-plus LEAD graduates have run for and/or served on city councils, school boards, commissions or nonprofit boards, or assumed nonprofit leadership roles.

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