LA resident steps down from Humane Society after 10 years of service


Los Altos resident Carol Novello, president of Humane Society Silicon Valley the past 10 years, recently stepped down from the position to move across the country to spend more time with family.

Kurt Krukenberg, former HSSV board chairman, succeeded Novello as president, effective Jan. 6.

County recognizes residents for emergency preparedness efforts

Courtesy of Trevor Marsden
Los Altos residents display their plaques of recognition for promoting emergency preparedness at the Santa Clara County Emergency Managers Association awards banquet Dec. 12. Pictured from left are: Harry Guy, CERT leader and local ham radio operator; awardees Fred and Patricia Evans; Jim Clark, a local ham; awardee Ann Hepenstal; Capt. Scott McCrossin of the Los Altos Police Department; and awardees Agnes Caulfield, John Kristian and Keith Amidon.


The Santa Clara County Emergency Managers Association honored seven Los Altos residents for their emergency preparedness efforts at an awards banquet Dec. 12.

Los Altos runs into 2020

Courtesy of the city of Los Altos

Motivated Los Altos residents got a running start on 2020 by turning out for the city-sponsored New Year’s Day Fun Run. The annual 5K (just over 3 miles) in downtown Los Altos drew more than 900 participants, according to event organizers.

“In fact, the attendance increased a little bit this year,” said Bridget Matheson, recreation supervisor for the city.

Pandemonium Aviaries fundraises for new home

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Michele Raffin, pictured in this file photo from 2012, plans to move the birds at Pandemonium Aviaries to a new location on the East Coast.

After 24 years at a secluded sanctuary in Los Altos Hills, Pandemonium Aviaries is set to move to the East Coast.

Leaders of the nonprofit organization hope to relocate sometime this spring to Sylvan Heights, N.C.

Country music duo with local roots has a hit on its hands

Los Altos native Shannon Haley, left, and Ryan Michaels of Palo Alto perform as the country music duo Haley & Michaels.

Shannon Haley and Ryan Michaels’ paths crossed many times throughout their childhoods, growing up just three miles apart in the Bay Area, but they never noticed each other.

Haley, raised in Los Altos, and Michaels, a Palo Alto native, both shared a love for music that eventually led to them meeting in Nashville and performing together as a country duo. The two married in 2015 and have released two albums; the latest, “Hail Mary,” features the hit single of the same name.

World Affairs spotlights election interference

The Peninsula Chapter of World Affairs has scheduled the presentation “Foreign Interference in U.S. Elections” 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road.

Cyber-security expert Alex Stamos, adjunct professor at Stanford University’s Freeman-Spogli Institute and former chief security officer at Facebook, will discuss how Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election and continues its interference campaign in U.S. elections. His presentation will address how Russia was able to do so and if there is anything that can be done to prevent or minimize interference in 2020.


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