City of Los Altos looks to boost morale with bevy of online options

The city of Los Altos not only continues to provide essential services during the coronavirus crisis, officials also are looking to boost morale.

City officials designed a webpage with the aim of serving as a clearinghouse for a variety of positive-thinking campaigns. The site is available at

First woman to serve as Rotary president recalls struggle


When Sylvia Whitlock joined the Duarte Rotary Club in the 1970s, Rotary International revoked the club’s charter. Although she met the club’s requirement as a “person of good character,” Whitlock’s main problem was too much to overcome: She was a woman.

But Whitlock, a school principal from Duarte, persevered. And when the club’s “men-only” rule changed to admit women in the 1980s, Whitlock’s good character figured in her becoming the world’s first female Rotary Club president.

Nonprofits rising to challenge amid community lockdown

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Nadja Jackson, Block Action Team project manager for Los Altos Community Foundation, places bags of celery on a table for Community Services Agency clients Friday. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, employees of CSA temporarily moved their pantry operation into the Mountain View nonprofit’s parking lot.

The shelter-in-place directive is not only impacting restaurants and retailers, it’s also hurting local nonprofit groups in a variety of ways.

For Community Services Agency, the social service nonprofit serving residents of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, the demand is rising as the number of volunteers decreases.

Neuroscience News: Exploring the psychological impact of sheltering in place


Residents of Santa Clara County have been ordered to shelter in place until at least April 7. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and social distancing is currently the most effective strategy to curtail the rampant spread of novel coronavirus.

Foundation looks to help nonprofits in wake of COVID-19


Los Altos Community Foundation is coming to the aid of local nonprofit groups hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

The foundation launched the 2020 Nonprofit Relief Fund to “raise critical resources for immediate use by these nonprofits,” according to executive director Adin Miller.

Santa Clara Valley Lives: Historical Los Altos American Legion works on landmark building status

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Veterans of World War I founded the Los Altos American Legion Post in 1938 and in 1940 built the hall themselves, spending nothing on labor and approximately $3,000 on materials.

Before there was a city of Los Altos, there was American Legion Post 558, founded in 1938 by local veterans of World War I. Its American Legion Hall, built by volunteers and completed in 1941, has survived recession, earthquake, war and a fire that destroyed the old Whitecliff Market across the street and led to the hall being used for a year as a grocery store.

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