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Los Altos resident explores dark side of SV family life in film 'The Valley'


Kariat
 

Los Altos resident Saila Kariat took a hard look around her, sensing that something was wrong under the layer of innovation and affluence that has defined Silicon Valley.

“In the past, both career and a happy family and social atmosphere were measures of the quality of a person’s life,” she said. “We live in an age where the barometers of success are money, achievement, power or fame – family and relationships take a back seat.”

Director: ECH mental health services expanding


Fitzgerald
 

The subject of mental health is being taken more seriously these days.

“More and more people are coming out of their shells and talking about their mental health,” said Michael Fitzgerald, director of El Camino Hospital’s Behavioral Health Services.

Surveillance workshop urges data diligence


 

Their heads bowed over small clusters of laptops, smartphones chiming periodically, more than a dozen Los Altos and Mountain View residents worked side-by-side to shore up weak passwords and encrypt phones Jan. 19. Some even took notes on the digital particulars the old-fashioned way: with pen and paper.

Bringing together political activists and concerned citizens faced with day-to-day digital demands, the hands-on Surveillance Self-Defense Workshop at Los Altos’ main library tackled the challenges of maintaining privacy in an age of high-tech surveillance. The session, co-hosted by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center and the Los Altos Library, taught tactics intended to help participants with all levels of tech savvy keep their personal information from falling into the wrong hands.

Morning Forum presenter spotlights four films that changed the nation


Lapadula

Playwright and screenwriter Marc Lapadula offered his take on “Four Films That Changed America” for a Morning Forum of Los Altos audience Jan. 17.

Lapadula, senior lecturer in screenwriting for Yale University’s Film and Media Studies Program, discussed the films that he considers have most changed U.S. cinema and significantly influenced culture: “The Jazz Singer,” “I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang,” “The Graduate” and “Jaws.”

Local resident shares lessons in aftermath of fallen oak tree


Courtesy of Ramya Krishna
A large oak tree fell on the Krishna family’s Los Altos house in January. Tree expert Roy Bradshaw said the tree suffered from “included bark,” causing it to split apart.

Like many Los Altos residents, I love our trees and enjoy their majestic natural beauty and the privacy their foliage provides. We take care of the large trees in our yard; they are inspected regularly to ensure their health.

However, we recently learned that even well-maintained trees can topple over – particularly during a strong storm.

Los Altos Senior Program participants hold party to mark 40 years in business


Megan V. Winslow/ Town Crier
Los Altos Recreation Coordinator Cheri Anderson leads local seniors in celebrating the city’s Senior Program during the Jan. 11 40th anniversary party.

Los Altos Recreation Coordinator Cheri Anderson believes that turning 40 means getting “stronger, better, wiser.”

In celebration of the Los Altos Senior Program’s 40 years of services, Anderson has planned a number of special events. The first was a 40th anniversary luncheon Jan. 11, held in the Hillview Community Center Multipurpose Room.


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