Diridon stresses urgency in fight against climate change


Diridon

By Patricia Rohrs

Rod Diridon Sr. strayed from his usual focus on public transportation to discuss the sobering subject of climate change and mass extinction at the Rotary Club of Los Altos’ May 28 virtual meeting.

The former Santa Clara County supervisor, a tireless advocate of mass transit for decades, related his latest passion as chairman of the Rotary District 5170 Climate Action Council in a presentation titled “Climate Change: Combating the Sixth Mass Extinction?”

Midpen talks 'Coexisting with Cougars'


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Incidents involving mountain lion attacks remain low, Matt Sharp Chaney said during the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District’s recent “Coexisting with Cougars” presentation.

A person is more likely to get in a car accident in the parking lot of a Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District preserve than encounter a mountain lion on a trail, speaker Matt Sharp Chaney said during Midpen’s recent “Coexisting with Cougars” virtual presentation.

While the risk of being attacked by a mountain lion is even lower, he advised preserve users to take precautions.

Library district appoints county librarian


Weeks

The Santa Clara County Library District, which includes the Los Altos main and Woodland Branch libraries, last month appointed acting county librarian Jennifer Weeks to the job permanently.

Weeks replaces Nancy Howe, who retired at the end of March, and becomes the eighth county librarian in the district’s more than 100-year history.

Guardino stresses unity in SV 'challenge' to rise above pandemic


Guardino

Carl Guardino, the high-profile president and CEO of Silicon Valley Leadership Group, emphasized that working together and staying united are key to rising to the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking May 20 at the first Zoom-cast meeting of local Sons In Retirement Branch 35, Guardino described the need to metaphorically ride on top of the wave of the COVID “tsunami” rather than “have that wave come crashing down on our community.” He recalled a late-night call in early March with Cindy Chavez, president of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo. The priority challenge, they agreed, was meeting anticipated health-care needs.

Shoreline Lake begins partial reopening this week

Boathouse operations at Shoreline Lake in Mountain View were scheduled to restart on a limited basis this week, including watersports-based summer camps for children.

Per the revised June 1 Santa Clara County shelter-in-place order, the easing of restrictions on supervised child care formalized the reopening date, giving housebound kids the opportunity to participate in outdoor activities, parents a compliant and safe child care option and Shoreline Lake the means to get people back to work.

Police offer online crime prevention update


Los Altos police captains Scott McCrossin and Katie Krauss are scheduled to host a crime prevention webinar 7-8:30 p.m. June 18.
The online forum will include an update on crime statistics and information on scams and crime trends. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.
The webinar is sponsored by Block Action Team 105, with funds from its Community & Emergency Preparedness grant from the city of Los Altos. The Block Action Team program is a managed program of Los Altos Community Foundation, in partnership with the city.
Advance registration is required.
To register, click the event listing at losaltosca.gov/prepares. After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


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