MV Public Safety Foundation supports city's police, fire departments


Courtesy of Joy Garza
Led by executive director Joy Garza, above, the Mountain View Public Safety Foundation continues to expand.

The Mountain View Public Safety Foundation supported Mountain View Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services for five years by providing some of the funds for training, technology and equipment – and it was an all-volunteer effort.

That all changed in 2019 as the nonprofit MVPSF began to grow. The first staff member – executive director Joy Garza – was hired early last year and the organization hosted its first fundraiser last fall. Now, as it continues to expand, MVPSF has set bigger and broader goals for 2020.

City moving on historical evaluation of Legion Hall


The American Legion Hall dates back to 1940.

The city of Los Altos plans to hire historical preservation consultants to evaluate the 80-year-old American Legion Hall.

The structure at 347 First St. in downtown Los Altos was built by World War I veterans in 1940. Members of American Legion Post 558 initiated efforts last year to have the building deemed a historical landmark to ensure preservation. Legion member Bill Bassett said the Legion has been under pressure to sell the property. The Legion continues to use the facility for meetings as well as rental space.

Tree planting underway

Gary Hedden/Special to the Town Crier

City of Los Altos orchardist Phil Doetsch, center, has been working with volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to plant a total of 100 trees this week in the Los Altos Heritage Orchard, bringing the tree count to 350. Doetsch said he hopes to get the number to 500 eventually. The young volunteers are on their two-year mission doing service work in many communities, and they are in the area for two months before moving on.

LAH residents lead record-breaking fundraiser for glaucoma research, taking in nearly $700K


Trish Tunney/Special to the Town Crier
Glaucoma Research Foundation president and CEO Thomas Brunner celebrates with honorary gala co-chairs Nobuko Saito Cleary and Dr. Gary Cleary. All are Los Altos Hills residents.

Glaucoma Research Foundation hosted its 360 Annual Gala in San Francisco Feb. 6 to celebrate and honor individuals committed to making a difference in the lives of people with glaucoma.

Several local residents played prominent roles in the event’s success. More than 380 guests attended, and the gala raised a record-breaking amount – close to $700,000 – to support glaucoma research and education.

Los Altos native Lanman's music career stretches from coast to coast


Courtesy of James Lanman
Singer-songwriter James Lanman, a Los Altos High School graduate, played in a band before becoming a solo artist.

Los Altos native James Lanman is not what one might expect from a millennial-aged musician. The singer-songwriter is a fan of R&B, jazz and Motown – not the most popular genres of music among today’s young adults.

Inspired by his parents’ favorite music and his love of poetry, Lanman’s journey from appreciating songwriters was more than a decade in the making.

Mathai shares sports stories with Los Altos Rotarians


Jerry Tomanek/Special to the Town Crier
Raj Mathai, news anchor for NBC Bay Area, speaks to the Rotary Club of Los Altos last month.

Raj Mathai, weeknight news anchor for NBC Bay Area, shared some of his favorite sports memories with the Rotary Club of Los Altos Feb. 20.

The Los Altos resident and Los Altos High alumnus was accompanied by his 10-year-old son, Maxx. Mathai expressed how much he loves Los Altos and sharing its hometown traditions with his son.


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