More than 800 sign petition to keep Friends of Library at civic center

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Friends of the Library volunteers sort books in a trailer placed beside the Hillview soccer fields.

As of Friday afternoon, more than 800 supporters have signed an online petition to keep Friends of the Library of Los Altos at the city's civic center. 

Commission schedules dog-park discussions

A series of upcoming meetings could determine the fate of proposed fenced-in dogs and off-leash hours at Los Altos parks.

After lengthy discussion over format and the best options for gathering input, members of the city’s Parks and Recreation Commission signed off on four public workshops at their Jan. 8 meeting.

The one-hour workshops are scheduled 7-8 p.m. and 8-9 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Garden House at Shoup Park, 400 University Ave.; and 10-11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon Feb. 29 in the multipurpose room at Grant Park, 1575 Holt Ave.

Based on commissioners’ input, the workshops will include a presentation on the history, process, criteria and pros and cons of each proposed dog-park location. Copies of staff reports will be available for review, along with displays of the proposed sites. Attendees will have opportunities to provide additional, anonymous comments.

Fenced-in dog parks have been discussed for McKenzie and south Lincoln parks. Off-leash hours have been considered at Hillview Baseball Field and Heritage Oaks Park.

Catherine Stansbury, a leading proponent of a fenced-in park at Lincoln, has scheduled a meet-and-greet event noon to 4 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 25) at the proposed site to discuss her plans and solicit support.


Election 2020: Crowded field in the running for State Senate seat

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State Senate District 13 candidates Sally Lieber, from left, Mike Brownrigg, Josh Becker and Shelly Masur listen to Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian, right, at the Jan. 12 Peninsula Democratic Coalition forum in Los Altos.

Seven candidates, including a veteran politician from Mountain View and a perennial candidate from Los Altos, are vying to take State Sen. Jerry Hill’s place representing the 13th District. The primary election is March 3.

Hill is termed-out after serving eight years in a district that stretches from San Bruno to Mountain View, Los Altos and Sunnyvale. Five of the seven candidates are Democrats. The 13th District is dominated by Democratic-leaning voters.

Gallery 9 celebrates 50 years in Los Altos

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Gallery 9 artists Judi Keyani, from left, Cecilia Mases, Carol Hake and Jan Meyer are set to mark the gallery’s 50th anniversary. Hake has been a Gallery 9 member since the gallery moved to Los Altos in 1973. Meyer, who painted murals throughout downtown Los Altos, joined in 1975.

Los Altos has seen changes aplenty over the past 50 years, but Gallery 9 has remained true to its mission as members celebrate the art gallery’s golden anniversary this year. It continues, as it did in 1970, to provide a supportive place for local artists to showcase and sell their work.

The gallery and its milestone are the subject of a special exhibition, “Gallery 9: Celebrating Art in Los Altos,” set to open Jan. 30 and run through March 8 at the Los Altos History Museum. The exhibition will offer an overview of Gallery 9 members’ work across a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics and jewelry.

LACF names Adin Miller as new executive director


Los Altos Community Foundation (LACF) launched a national search for a new executive director after Joe Eyre announced his retirement last year. It turns out the winning candidate had been with the foundation all along.

LACF hired Adin C. Miller, who served on the foundation’s board of directors the past year and a half, to serve as the organization’s new leader. Miller’s official start date is Monday.

Community Briefs – garden club, AAUW

LA Garden Club spotlights area birds

The Garden Club of Los Altos is scheduled to meet 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Los Altos Lutheran Church, 460 S. El Monte Ave.

Guest speakers Matthew Dodder and Mike Azevedo from the Audubon Society will discuss “Our Local Birds – Their Habits and Habitats.” Their presentation will cover birds in the area and what residents can do to attract them.

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