Los Altos resident Davis masters art of volunteering

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Jan Davis of Los Altos displays her artwork.

The twin passions of longtime Los Altos resident Jan Davis are art and community service.
She grew up in town, attending Almond, Egan Junior High, Los Altos High and Foothill College. She earned a degree in graphic design from ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena. Her interest in art developed early – she enjoyed painting as a child, and in high school taught art to children.

Scout leader, local Cub Pack sing praises of health-care workers in original song

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Courtesy of Kathy Engle Led by den leader Jennie Crook, members of Cub Scout Pack 33 in Los Altos perform “Social Distance Hug” on YouTube.

As a den leader for Cub Scout Pack 33 in Los Altos, Jennie Crook has been balancing home schooling, Scout activities and epidemiology in the age of COVID-19. Crook earned a doctorate in epidemiology and advanced degrees in biostatistics, but she stepped away from the profession to raise her family.

LAH set to host July 4 virtual ‘caravan’

Due to COVID-19 concerns, this year’s Los Altos Hills Independence Day will be a slightly muted affair compared to past iterations, featuring a “caravan” of participants instead of the regular parade, according to organizers.

Local hams tackle silly scenarios, but serious about emergency readiness

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FEMA Youth Preparedness Council representative Nicolas Bremeau, right, participates in a ham radio operator drill in Los Altos in January.

During the annual Kiwanis Pet Parade in Los Altos, ham radio operators typically set up a command center as volunteers fan out around the downtown area to provide communications support and practice their amateur radio skills.

Mayors reflect on local responses to COVID crisis

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The first virtual meeting of the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce’s annual State of the Cities event Friday featured the mayors of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills describing how their communities have been persevering during the COVID-19 health crisis.

Los Altos streets undergo repairs through summer

Summer is here, and so is the usual slew of street repair projects throughout Los Altos.

Street resurfacing work is currently underway along Almond Avenue between San Antonio Road and El Monte Avenue, and Covington Road between El Monte and Springer Road. Work on Almond, Brentwood Court and Cuesta Drive was performed Friday. Scheduled next is work on Almond and Covington set for Monday (June 29), Covington Tuesday (June 30) and July 1, and Almond again July 2.

Additional micro-surfacing work is scheduled on: Covington; Cuesta; Vera Cruz Avenue Volti Lane; Elmhurst Drive; Pico Lane; Westminster Lane; Alicia Way; Thatcher Drive; Eureka Avenue; Casita Way; Chelsea Drive; Chelsea Court; View Street; Panchita Way; Woodstock Lane; Ranchita Drive, Brentwood Court; Creeden Way; Pinehurst Drive; and Ronald Court.

“The project(s) may require lane closures and parking restrictions on the frontage of properties on affected streets,” city officials said.

The street resurfacing work is expected to wrap up by mid- to late-August.

Street slurry seal work also is being done on several streets through mid-August. City officials described the work as “repair of minor pavement failures, application of slurry coating, and installation of striping.”

“The slurry seal is a mixture of water, asphalt emulsion and small aggregates commonly applied to roadway surfaces as a preventative treatment to prolong remaining life of roadway,” officials said.

Sanitary sewer repairs, including pipe replacement, is scheduled to begin Aug. 3 and take approximately seven months to complete. The work involves 14 locations: Julie Lane; Ranchita Drive; Marlbarough Avenue; Grant Road; Richardson Avenue; Nightingale Court; St. Joseph Avenue; Laver Court; Highlands Circle; Scott Lane; Oxford Drive; Deodara Drive; Woods Lane; and St. Marks Court.

For more information, visit losaltosca.gov/publicworks/project/annual-street-resurfacing or losaltosca.gov/publicworks/project/annual-street-slurry-seal.

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