Community Briefs, World Affairs, SIR meeting

World Affairs tackles election interference

The Peninsula Chapter of World Affairs has scheduled the presentation “Foreign Interference in U.S. Elections” 7:30 p.m. today at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

Cyber-security expert Alex Stamos, adjunct professor at Stanford University’s Freeman-Spogli Institute and former chief security officer at Facebook, will discuss how Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election and continues its interference campaign in U.S. elections. His presentation will address how Russia was able to do so and if there is anything that can be done to prevent or minimize interference in 2020. Stamos also will describe some of the vulnerabilities in the U.S. election infrastructure and steps the U.S. might use to confront such efforts.

The event is co-sponsored by the Los Altos Library. 

For more information, email Katie Zoglin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

SIR talk spotlights artificial intelligence

Sons In Retirement Branch 35 has scheduled a luncheon 11:30 a.m. Jan. 15 at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real.

Guest speaker Jim Spohrer of IBM Research will discuss artificial intelligence.

SIR is a social organization open to active, mature men. Activities include bowling, golf, hiking, bocce ball and investments.

For more information, call Paul Schutz at (408) 313-6852 or visit

Ride the Big Shaker at Los Altos museum

The world’s largest mobile earthquake simulator, the Big Shaker, is scheduled to roll into the Los Altos History Museum 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, weather permitting.

The event, “Be Prepared for the Big One,” will enable visitors to experience what a magnitude 8.0 earthquake feels like and see what could happen inside their homes if contents are unsecured.

The Big Shaker aims to give people a sense of what to expect if, or when, the real thing comes along.

The event is part of the museum’s exhibition “Our Community Prepares: Acts of Nature, Then and Now,” on display through Jan. 19.

Admission is free.

The Los Altos History Museum is located at 51 S. San Antonio Road.

To register for the event, visit

LA offers grants for emergency planning

The city of Los Altos’ Community and Emergency Preparedness Grants Program funds projects aimed at encouraging residents and small businesses to improve emergency preparedness, build community and strengthen neighborhood ties. Grant applications are due Tuesday.

Grants are available for projects that support goals to enhance community resiliency by proactively preparing for emergencies and bolstering the community’s ability to respond to and recover from emergencies, disasters and crime; and to increase communication and foster connections within the Los Altos community.

For a neighborhood to qualify for a grant, applicants must be Los Altos residents and the neighborhood must be registered as a Block Action Team or a Neighborhood Watch group or be in the process of registering as one.

Mail signed applications to City of Los Altos, 1 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos 94022, Attn: Emergency Preparedness Coordinator. Applications also may be dropped off at city hall.

Grant recipients will be announced Jan. 30.

For a grant application and a list of last year’s grant recipients and projects, visit

For more information, call Hepenstal at 947-2629 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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