Los Altos announces awards of emergency preparedness grants

The city of Los Altos recently awarded its 2019-2020 Community & Emergency Preparedness Grants.

“This latest grant cycle brought in two newly registered Block Action Teams, and over half of the neighborhoods were new grant applicants,” said Ann Hepenstal, community emergency preparedness coordinator. “We’re excited to see each neighborhood’s plans in improving their resiliency and emergency preparedness, and to provide the motivation and funding for these ideas.”

Larry Jr.'s life lessons learned in 'Pork Buns'

As a veteran teacher, Norma Slavit sensed that Larry Chu Jr.’s childhood stories could provide valuable lessons to young people about embracing family values and handling challenges. So she pursued them, meeting with him once a week last year to learn about what life was like growing up as a member of an iconic Silicon Valley family.

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Larry Chu Jr., from left, poses with younger brother Jon and mother Ruth at a special event for director Jon’s successful 2018 film, “Crazy Rich Asians.” Larry Jr.’s childhood is fondly recalled in Norma Slavit’s new book, “Pork Buns and High-Fives.”

The result is Slavit’s newly released, self-published book, “Pork Buns and High-Fives,” a middle-school-level read that chronicles Larry Jr.’s ups and downs from kindergarten to adulthood.

Santa Clara Valley Lives: Hoover Pavilion once a hospital

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A vintage color postcard of Palo Alto Hospital, now the Hoover Pavilion at Stanford University, shows the building in the 1950s.


You have probably zoomed past the Hoover Pavilion on Quarry Road at Stanford University many times – it is visible on the left as you drive north along El Camino Real near Stanford Shopping Center. But you may not know its significance.

Morning Forum of Los Altos highlights botanical garden pioneer


Author Victoria Johnson brought to life visionary Dr. David Hosack in her presentation “American Eden: Founding America’s First Botanical Garden” at the Morning Forum of Los Altos Jan. 14.

Johnson, associate professor of urban policy and planning at Hunter College, City University of New York, described how Hosack in 1797 attended to a young boy delirious with fever and brought his fever down with a hot bath and Peruvian bark. He thereby saved the life of Alexander Hamilton’s son.

Election 2020: Crowded field in the running for State Senate seat

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State Senate District 13 candidates Sally Lieber, from left, Mike Brownrigg, Josh Becker and Shelly Masur listen to Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian, right, at the Jan. 12 Peninsula Democratic Coalition forum in Los Altos.

Seven candidates, including a veteran politician from Mountain View and a perennial candidate from Los Altos, are vying to take State Sen. Jerry Hill’s place representing the 13th District. The primary election is March 3.

Hill is termed-out after serving eight years in a district that stretches from San Bruno to Mountain View, Los Altos and Sunnyvale. Five of the seven candidates are Democrats. The 13th District is dominated by Democratic-leaning voters.

Gallery 9 celebrates 50 years in Los Altos

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Gallery 9 artists Judi Keyani, from left, Cecilia Mases, Carol Hake and Jan Meyer are set to mark the gallery’s 50th anniversary. Hake has been a Gallery 9 member since the gallery moved to Los Altos in 1973. Meyer, who painted murals throughout downtown Los Altos, joined in 1975.

Los Altos has seen changes aplenty over the past 50 years, but Gallery 9 has remained true to its mission as members celebrate the art gallery’s golden anniversary this year. It continues, as it did in 1970, to provide a supportive place for local artists to showcase and sell their work.

The gallery and its milestone are the subject of a special exhibition, “Gallery 9: Celebrating Art in Los Altos,” set to open Jan. 30 and run through March 8 at the Los Altos History Museum. The exhibition will offer an overview of Gallery 9 members’ work across a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics and jewelry.

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