City of Los Altos receives award for excellence in budgeting

 

The city of Los Altos recently received the Excellence in Operating Budget award from the California Society of Municipal Finance Officers.

Historical essay contest launches, open to elementary schoolers

The Los Altos Historical Commission and the Los Altos History Museum are accepting entries for the 36th annual Margaret Thompson Historical Essay Contest from local students in grades 3-6.

This year’s theme is “Peek into Your Past.”

Giants' Dravecky describes cancer battle for Rotarians

During a Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting Jan. 23, former San Francisco Giants pitcher Dave Dravecky recalled how his bout with cancer ended his Major League Baseball career and cost him his left arm.

Dravecky said he was “on top of the world” until 1988, when he felt a lump in his pitching arm. He needed surgery to remove a tumor in his deltoid muscle, and doctors warned he would never pitch again.

Mothers Against Murder takes action


Courtesy of Margaret Petros
Mothers Against Murder executive director Margaret Petros, third from left, hosts an advocacy meeting at her Los Altos home. Pictured with her, from left, are Elsa Lopez, who lost her son, Anthony, to random violence in San Jose in 2013; Rose Luerra, community advocate; and Ann Brownell, whose daughter, Amanda, hanged herself in 2009 after being bullied.

Former Silicon Valley Bank CEO Roger Smith had been retired for a few years when he and his wife became tired of the negative aspect of today’s 24/7 news cycle. They especially lamented the number of murders reported in the local newspapers every morning.

“We were sitting there, reading and bitching, and finally we said, ‘We have to quit bitching or do something,’” he said.

Museum's historical essay contest launches, open to local students

The Los Altos Historical Commission and the Los Altos History Museum are accepting entries for the 36th annual Margaret Thompson Historical Essay Contest from local students in grades 3-6.

This year’s theme is “Peek into Your Past.”

Rotary speakers lauded


Courtesy of Rotary Club of Los Altos
Rotarian Jack Kelly, left, awards Ethan Huang, a junior at Mountain View High School, a certificate for winning first place in the Rotary Club of Los Altos’ speech contest.

Four local high school students competed in the annual Rotary Club of Los Altos speech contest Jan. 16.

Ethan Huang, a junior at Mountain View High School, won first place with his speech “Magic of Connection”; Rose Liu, a sophomore at Los Altos High, took second with “Confirmation Bias”; Los Altos High senior Jiayan Luo captured third with “Strawberries”; and Franklin Ruan, a senior at Los Altos High, presented his speech “Dishwashing: My College Application.”


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