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


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 After registering, participants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Correction-clarification to June 3 business story

A June 3 Town Crier business story about congregating customers at local businesses contained misleading and incorrect information. Vickie Breslin, owner of The Post restaurant, said she was closed on Memorial Day weekend and there was no car club present at her restaurant, contrary to what the story reported. A spokesman for Club Corsa, the club referenced in the story, confirmed no members were present during the holiday weekend. He added that a May 6 story photo and story gave a false impression the club was creating a crowd at the restaurant on May 3. The club was represented by “only two or three vehicles,” he said, and the rest were local exotic and luxury car owners who had stopped by. “All social distancing guidelines were followed and no laws were broken,” the club spokesman said. “Club Corsa did not interfere with any of the local business establishments in any way.” The Town Crier regrets the errors.

Local National Charity League chapter helps out during pandemic

Courtesy of Kaitlyn Chow
Homestead High School junior Kaitlyn Chow lends a helping hand through the local Orchard Valley Chapter of the National Charity League.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect people from all walks of life, service groups and philanthropies are expanding to help meet the greater needs of their communities. For the local Orchard Valley Chapter of the National Charity League, that commitment can come with a lot of difficulties, especially as in-person volunteer opportunities disappear.

“Our mission is to serve, rather than only providing monetary donations, so during this time it’s been more challenging because they’ve been much more limited in how volunteers can help directly and in-person,” said Maribeth Coyne, co-vice president of philanthropy for the Orchard Valley Chapter of the mother-daughter service organization.

Winners of 36th annual historical essay contest announced

Courtesy of Los Altos History Museum
Anne Roberts, left, and the late Margaret Thompson for many years championed the annual historical essay contest. The contest is named after Thompson. The trophy they are holding goes to the school with the most award winners.

The city of Los Altos recently revealed the winners of the 36th annual Margaret Thompson Historical Essay Contest, sponsored as a joint program of the Los Altos History Museum and the Los Altos Historical Commission.

Thompson, a member of the commission in the 1980s, founded the contest to encourage children to write. She died in 2019.

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