Reunited at last: Theft victim regains memento thanks to local photographer

Encore purse theft
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Pearl Thomas views photographs of her daughter, Kendra Lynn. A Redwood City man made the prints for Thomas after a thief stole her purse and, with it, the prized image she kept inside.

An elderly store clerk who lost one of her most prized possessions to a purse thief in March regained it last week thanks to the kindness of a complete stranger.

Pearl Thomas, 90, said tears came to her eyes May 1 when she opened an envelope mailed from Redwood City resident Michael Price and found copies of the only photo taken of her daughter, an infant who died in 1957.

Quake expert rattles LAH audience with presentation on 'the big one'

Anne Kiremidjian
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Stanford professor Anne Kiremidjian describes the destructive nature of seismic activity during a May 1 earthquake forum at Los Altos Hills town hall.

Like nearly everyone who lived through it, Anne Kiremidjian remembers exactly where she was during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake: idling on Foothill Expressway as she prepared to turn left onto El Monte Avenue.

She felt a jolt and presumed another car had struck hers. But the next vehicle was far away. She watched the traffic light shake violently. But no breeze blew. Then the six lanes of traffic around Kiremidjian began to dance.

MVHS teacher avoids jail time for inappropriate texts

There will be no felony charge and no jail time for the former Mountain View High School teacher who sent inappropriate text messages to a female student last fall.

Evan Smith
Evan Smith

Evan Smith, 49, was convicted May 3 on a misdemeanor charge of annoying or molesting a child under the age of 18. He was sentenced to three years of probation. The terms of his conviction also include registering as a sex offender, staying away from his victim, resigning from the high school and surrendering his teaching credential.

SV foundation puts CEO on leave, probes 'culture issue'

Leaders of the Mountain View-based Silicon Valley Community Foundation are scrambling to do damage control in the wake of a sexual harassment and employee abuse scandal that led to the resignation of its No. 2 administrator and saw its CEO placed on leave.

Emmett D. Carson

The foundation’s board of directors April 26 put CEO Emmett D. Carson on paid administrative leave amid allegations that he turned a blind eye to the reported abuses of Mari Ellen Loijens, chief business, development and brand officer, who resigned April 19 after three employees reported a toxic work environment rife with sexually inappropriate remarks under her leadership. The board hired a team of attorneys to expand its investigation.

Creeping, crawling critters: Parks smothered by caterpillar overpopulation

Western Tussock Moth Caterpillar
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Adult western tussock moths are native to the Pacific states, but they can wreak havoc in the spring as caterpillars, above.

Creeping across benches. Crawling over playground equipment. Dangling from silk threads like tiny ninjas. The western tussock moth caterpillar class of 2018 is out in force and its members have infiltrated some local neighborhoods at unprecedented levels.

In Mountain View, infestation causing extreme tree defoliation and skin rashes has warranted insecticide applications at several parks, according to Jakob Trconic, the city’s park section manager.

Persky recall debate reveals divided picture of 'accountability'

How to define and enforce judicial accountability went from intellectual exercise to impassioned debate last week when the South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition hosted a night devoted to the June ballot item recalling Judge Aaron Persky.

The event gathered Republicans and guests of all leanings at Fremont Hills Country Club in Los Altos Hills April 18. Stanford Law School Professor Michele Landis Dauber, a leader in the movement to recall Persky, canceled at the last minute, citing an “inescapable conflict.” Stanford Law colleague G. Marcus Cole took her place. Retired Judge LaDoris Cordell spoke in opposition to the recall.

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