SV Community Foundation awards nearly $1.4 million for area housing

Silicon Valley Community Foundation recently awarded nearly $1.4 million to support initiatives aimed at easing housing and transit problems from San Francisco to San Jose.

In the past, the Mountain View-based foundation has provided grants that support affordable housing and transit programs in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, the traditional boundaries of Silicon Valley. With the launch of the Silicon Valley Regional Fund, the latest round of grants expands to include projects that also serve residents of San Francisco County.

Health policy expert shares insight with Morning Forum audience


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Health policy expert Mark D. Smith, M.D., discussed national health-care policy at the Nov. 1 Morning Forum of Los Altos.

Health policy expert Mark D. Smith, M.D., discussed “Making America’s Health Care Great (Again?)” at the Morning Forum of Los Altos Nov. 1, offering encouraging and often humorous insight.

New Los Altos Hills holiday program fields letters to Santa

It can get awfully hectic at the North Pole this time of year, what with mapping sleigh routes, fielding gift requests and tuning up reindeer – all while negotiating with the ELU, or Elf Labor Union.

Sometimes even Santa Claus needs a little help.

Mental health agencies to merge

Two Bay Area mental health organizations, Caminar for Mental Health and Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley, are scheduled to merge in January.

With an operating budget of $32 million, the combined organization will reach more than 14,000 people annually with programs that aim to build bridges to wellness, resiliency and self-sufficiency.

Local resident wins by turning key phrases on 'Wheel of Fortune'


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Emily Sweet of Los Altos, inset right and above in her newly won car, proved quite fortunate during a recent appearance on the game show “Wheel of Fortune.”

Now that the wheel has spun and her episode aired, Los Altos native Emily Sweet can revel in the little details of her big “Wheel of Fortune” win.

After taping the show in September – and making off with more than $65,000 in prizes – she had to stay strictly mum until the episode’s Oct. 31 airdate.

Los Altos Rotary Club distributes grants to local nonprofit groups


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Rotary Club of Los Altos grants chairman Lonnie Gary, left, and Rotarian Kendra Gjerseth, third from left, join representatives of nonprofit groups that received club funding.

Funds earned at the Rotary Club of Los Altos’ Fine Art in the Park fundraiser in May will go back into the community.

Lonnie Gary, the club’s grant chairman, presented $30,000 in Los Altos Rotary Endowment Fund fall grants Nov. 3 to representatives of 11 local nonprofit organizations.


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