Pet Pause: How owners can stop destructive cat-scratching behavior

My veterinary practice has been receiving an increased number of phone calls asking if we declaw cats. Declawing is an ethically controversial procedure that entails amputation of the third “toe bone.” In comparison to a human, it is the same as cutting off the finger at the last joint. There are effective alternatives.

Dem Coalition holds annual meeting

The Peninsula Democratic Coalition has scheduled its annual meeting 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

The meeting will include lunch at noon, followed by a panel discussion, “Let’s Hear from the Women: Newly Electeds in the Mid-Peninsula,” with city councilwomen Neysa Fligor of Los Altos, Ellen Kamei of Mountain View, Alison Cormack of Palo Alto and Giselle Hale of Redwood City.

Author talks equality at Los Altos main library's SV Reads event

Author Elaine Elinson is scheduled to discuss how freedom and equality have grown in California from the gold rush to the current post-9/11 era 7 p.m. Thursday in the Orchard Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

The event is part of the library’s Silicon Valley Reads 2020 series.

At the Library, feng shui master, Black Cedar Trio

The following free events are scheduled at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road. Events are held in the Orchard Room unless otherwise noted. For more information, call 948-7683 or visit


Chef Chu's: 50 years and counting


Lawrence Chu Sr. and his family celebrated Chef Chu’s 50 years of culinary acclaim with a Feb. 9 bash at the iconic Los Altos restaurant. The special event, with proceeds benefiting the Los Altos History Museum, drew 104 guests. They dined on 10 courses, plus appetizers and wines from Chef Chu’s own reserve. The courses were designed to reflect those used in family celebration settings and selected from different regions of China. Above, Chu Sr. gathers with family, including daughter Christina Chu, wife Ruth Chu, nephew Tyler Ho and son Larry Chu Jr. The event featured a moving tribute from Chu Sr.’s friend Chuck Geschke, who had guests raise their glasses in a toast to the famous chef. Family and friendships through the generations, coupled with community support, were strong themes throughout the evening, themes that Chu Sr. emphasized as vital to his success and happiness. 

Great Decisions series comes to library

The Los Altos Library presents the Great Decisions discussion series 1:30-3 p.m. Mondays through March 23 in the Orchard Room of the main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Participants will discuss critical global issues facing the U.S. today. Each program session features the screening of a brief film, followed by a group discussion.

Topics include:

  • Feb. 24: “Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking”
  • March 2: “U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle”
  • March 9: “China’s Road into Latin America”
  • March 16: “The Philippines and the U.S.”
  • March 23: “Artificial Intelligence and Data”

            To purchase the program’s Briefing Book, visit A limited number of copies are available for checkout at the library.

            For more information on the Great Decisions series, call Richard Lopez at 948-7683, ext. 3511, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

            For more information on library programs, visit

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