Morning Forum: Pundit contends U.S. presidency has been diminished


Political expert Larry Gerston highlighted the shortcomings of the Trump administration in his May 1 Morning Forum of Los Altos presentation, “The Trump Election in Perspective: A Turning Point in American Politics.”

Gerston is professor emeritus of political science at San Jose State University, political analyst for NBC Bay Area and author of 12 academic books and 150 op-ed articles. He is often quoted and interviewed by national news agencies.

Which LA native nabbed 2nd place on 'Jeopardy!'?

Courtesy of Jason Scott
William Scott of Los Altos represents his college, Tufts University, on “Jeopardy!” The freshman finished second in the game show’s College Championships, winning $50,000.

One could say that William Scott was born to be on “Jeopardy!”

“In terms of knowing things, I’ve been doing that my whole life,” the Los Altos native said, “so I thought I would just keep on going – keep paying attention to things and learning new bits of trivia.”

MVLA Challenge Team participants learn new meaning of word 'Homie'


For the 31st year, local city and schools leaders, law enforcement representatives and advocates for at-risk students gathered for the MVLA Challenge Team’s Champions for Youth breakfast May 2 at Michaels at Shoreline restaurant in Mountain View.

Serving up this year’s inspiring talk was keynote speaker Alejandro Vilchez. A sought-after consultant in youth relations and long-recognized leader in gang violence prevention, Vilchez often used humor and personal experience in his talk “Be a Homie.”

Bike tour visits sculptures of late Los Altos artist Hardy Jones

GreenTown Los Altos has scheduled its second Hardy Jones Memorial Bike Tour, beginning 9 a.m. Saturday at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The 8.5-mile ride will include viewing of public works of art by the late Jones, an orthopedic surgeon and sculptor who died last year. Jones’ longtime friend Sam Harding will offer details about each of Jones’ welded iron sculptures, many of which are renderings of local schools’ mascots.

Community Briefs

Schola Cantorum concert highlights folk music

Schola Cantorum Silicon Valley has scheduled two performances of the concert “Celebrating American Folk Songs.”

Concerts are slated 7:30 p.m. May 19 at First Congregational Church of Palo Alto, 1985 Louis Road, and 3 p.m. May 20 at Los Altos United Methodist Church, 655 Magdalena Ave.

SLAC physicist encourages local AAUW scholarship winners

Courtesy of Allyson Johnson
The American Association of University Women’s recent luncheon included, from left, Tech Trek scholarship winners Kate Stone, Grace Cai, Alexandra Segubiensese, Souf Rivkin, Madison Chin and Taylor Ewan; and AAUW Executive Director Vicki Reeder. Not pictured is scholarship winner Astra Tulac.

Stanford University physicist Jana Thayer served as featured speaker at a luncheon last week honoring middle-school girls from Los Altos, Mountain View and Palo Alto who will attend the Grace Hopper Tech Trek Science Camp at Stanford in the summer.

The luncheon, co-hosted April 28 by the Los Altos/Mountain View and Palo Alto branches of the American Association of University Women, encouraged the girls – recipients of camp scholarships provided by the branches – to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

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