Los Altos announces awards of emergency preparedness grants

The city of Los Altos recently awarded its 2019-2020 Community & Emergency Preparedness Grants.

“This latest grant cycle brought in two newly registered Block Action Teams, and over half of the neighborhoods were new grant applicants,” said Ann Hepenstal, community emergency preparedness coordinator. “We’re excited to see each neighborhood’s plans in improving their resiliency and emergency preparedness, and to provide the motivation and funding for these ideas.”

County offers grants for charitable meal preparation

The Santa Clara County Consumer and Environmental Protection Agency charitable feeding pilot program is accepting grant applications through March 18. The grants are designed to alleviate some of the costs for using permitted commercial kitchens for nonprofit organizations that prepare meals. 

Grants will be awarded for up to $1,000 to organizations to pay for costs associated with renting a permitted commercial kitchen in Santa Clara County for preparing charitable meals.

Orchardist's photos on display at J. Gilbert Smith House

Local orchardist J. Gilbert Smith’s photographs of the natural world, and of Los Altos in days gone by, are the subject of a new exhibition, “The Photography of J. Gilbert Smith,” slated for display through May 24 in the Los Altos History Museum’s J. Gilbert Smith House.

The photography exhibition complements an art exhibition on display in the museum’s main gallery, allowing visitors to see artistic expressions created in various genres over the past 100 years.

San Antonio Hills residents set to meet

The annual San Antonio Hills Homeowners’ meeting is scheduled 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at Los Altos Golf & Country Club, 1560 Country Club Drive.

Speakers will include Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian on how county government affects San Antonio Hills; county associate planner Valerie Negrete on the state’s new construction requirements for accessory dwelling units; and resident Richard Blanchard on what residents can do before the lights go out due to a power outage. A question-and-answer period will follow.

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World Affairs spotlights ungoverned countries

The Peninsula Chapter of World Affairs has scheduled a presentation on “The Dilemmas of Ungoverned and Misgoverned Spaces: From Afghanistan to India to Iraq” 7:30 p.m. today at the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Stanford University Professor Erik Jensen, an expert in state-building and the political economy of reform, will provide an overview of the perils and promise of working in ungoverned, misgoverned and reasonably governed countries. Jensen will provide data and personal anecdotes from his on-the-ground experiences in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Iraq.

Dog park protesters: Don’t fence us in

As Los Altos officials prepare to hold public workshops on fenced-in dog parks and off-leash hours, some residents living in proposed areas are voicing opposition.

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