New librarian managing online services


Rose Baiza’s recent appointment as Los Altos community librarian is the culmination of local service going back more than five years.

Starting with the Santa Clara County Library District in 2012, Baiza joined Los Altos in 2014 as a supervising librarian for children’s services. She has served as interim head librarian since mid-December, when Marlene Iwamoto left Los Altos for another position in the library district. She began in her permanent position April 6.

MV center seeks funds to feed day workers

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Maria Marroquin, executive director of the Day Worker Center of Mountain View, displays one of the 50 lunches donated to the workers Monday, courtesy of Chef Chu’s restaurant of Los Altos.

Like Community Services Agency, resources at the Day Worker Center of Mountain View are being stretched thin in the wake of the coronavirus crisis and resulting shelter-in-place orders.

“Day workers and their families are in a particularly precarious spot,” said Maria Marroquin, executive director. “Laborers depend on daily income. They can’t work from home. They don’t have paid sick leave or unemployment. Without income and traditional safety nets, many are struggling to pay bills and feed their families.”

Homeless at Hope's Corner get 'empowered' with chargers

When the COVID-19 crisis forced schools to go from classroom to online instruction, a homeless college student discovered that a working portable car power charger made all the difference between staying in school or dropping out.

A De Anza College student living out of her car used her laptop to take classes online. She relied on a power inverter in her car to keep her laptop running. When her inverter broke, she was afraid that lack of access to classes would force her to drop out of school.

Resident lands two quilts in international contest

Courtesy of Charlotte Beech
Charlotte Beech of Los Altos is becoming increasingly recognized for her quilt work.

Los Altos resident Charlotte Beech has been sewing quilts for more than 40 years, tackling projects that take from one week to two years to complete. In that time, one thing has eluded her: acceptance into the American Quilters’ Society contest.

Until now. Two of Beech’s quilts – “Mississippi Wheel of Fortune” and “Shirt Off His Back” – were accepted in an AQS QuiltWeek contest in February.

Local DAR chapter sews masks for health-care and essential workers

Courtesy of Donna Santistevan
Pam Heldenbrand of the Los Altos Chapter for the Daughters of the American Revolution displays masks sewn by her chapter.


The Los Altos Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is lending a helping hand by hand-sewing masks to donate to health-care and other essential workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Byrne cancer treatment fund helps single women


When Joanne Byrne was undergoing treatment for stage IV metastatic breast cancer, complementary healing programs such as massage, energy work, meditation and guided imagery provided enormous emotional and physical relief. She felt grateful that, as a single woman of limited resources, she could partake in the alternative therapies thanks to support from her family and community members and a grant from the U'ilani Fund.

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