Larry Jr.'s life lessons learned in 'Pork Buns'

As a veteran teacher, Norma Slavit sensed that Larry Chu Jr.’s childhood stories could provide valuable lessons to young people about embracing family values and handling challenges. So she pursued them, meeting with him once a week last year to learn about what life was like growing up as a member of an iconic Silicon Valley family.

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Larry Chu Jr., from left, poses with younger brother Jon and mother Ruth at a special event for director Jon’s successful 2018 film, “Crazy Rich Asians.” Larry Jr.’s childhood is fondly recalled in Norma Slavit’s new book, “Pork Buns and High-Fives.”

The result is Slavit’s newly released, self-published book, “Pork Buns and High-Fives,” a middle-school-level read that chronicles Larry Jr.’s ups and downs from kindergarten to adulthood.

Santa Clara Valley Lives: Hoover Pavilion once a hospital

Courtesy of Palo Alto Historical Association Archives and Zane MacGregor
A vintage color postcard of Palo Alto Hospital, now the Hoover Pavilion at Stanford University, shows the building in the 1950s.


You have probably zoomed past the Hoover Pavilion on Quarry Road at Stanford University many times – it is visible on the left as you drive north along El Camino Real near Stanford Shopping Center. But you may not know its significance.

Morning Forum of Los Altos highlights botanical garden pioneer


Author Victoria Johnson brought to life visionary Dr. David Hosack in her presentation “American Eden: Founding America’s First Botanical Garden” at the Morning Forum of Los Altos Jan. 14.

Johnson, associate professor of urban policy and planning at Hunter College, City University of New York, described how Hosack in 1797 attended to a young boy delirious with fever and brought his fever down with a hot bath and Peruvian bark. He thereby saved the life of Alexander Hamilton’s son.

Community Briefs, talk on FHDA initiatives, World Affairs

Coalition covers FHDA ballot measures

The Los Altos Community Coalition is scheduled to host a presentation on the two Foothill-De Anza Community College District measures on the March 3 ballot 8:30 a.m. Friday in the Orchard Room of the Los Altos main library, 13 S. San Antonio Road.

Peter Landsberger, vice president of the Foothill-De Anza district board of trustees, and Foothill College President Thuy Nguyen will discuss measures G and H, aimed at supporting Foothill and De Anza colleges in their continuing efforts to offer students the broad science, technology, general education and vocational opportunities they need to be prepared for four-year universities and careers.

Commission schedules dog-park discussions

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One-hour workshops about potentially bringing fenced-in dogs or off-leash hours to Los Altos parks are scheduled for Feb. 12 and 29.

Updated 12:48 p.m. Jan. 28

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

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.

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