Neutra House Move

While uploading some old pictures for the Gardener Awards, we came across these nice pictures of the Neutra House Move.







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An Introduction to W.O.M.E.N.,SV

Domestic Violence: It happens even in our neighborhood

Most people think that domestic violence doesn’t happen in areas like ours. Or if it does, then women should have the means to handle it on their own.

But domestic violence cuts across all socioeconomic levels, professions, cultures, ages, neighborhoods. And when there are substantial assets involved, the abusive partner often has control over them, even if the wife has her own career.

Men can be victims of domestic violence too. And they suffer the added humiliation of having their identity as a man rocked to its foundation. But most victims of domestic violence are female. With 1 in 4 women becoming a victim of abuse during her lifetime, chances are very high that you either know someone or are someone whose life has been impacted by domestic violence.

In the past year, in the more affluent areas of Santa Clara County, there have been 13 domestic-violence-related deaths—about one a month.

In Los Gatos, the most frequently reported crime is domestic violence.

Even here in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, 11 per cent of phone calls coming into the Los Altos Police Station are domestic violence related–and those are only the women who call.

That call can start a whole chain of events in motion that carries its own set of risks. Her abuser could be a prominent member of the community with a large circle of friends, supporters, colleagues. Up against this kind of power, money, and influence, she has a lot to lose by speaking up or by trying to break free: her home, her safety, custody of her children, her fair share of the assets, her neighborhood, friends, children’s school district, her social standing, her current lifestyle, her dream of a privileged and comfortable life.

In a neighborhood like ours, the most common form of domestic violence is emotional abuse. More subtle than physical violence, the effects can be just as devastating, and the scars a woman suffers from it can last a lifetime. Adding a highly contentious divorce to this kind of trauma means she will need the support of more than one person – or even one lawyer – to leave safely and fairly, and in order to prepare for the legal, financial, and emotional battle ahead of her. She will need a team of support around her. Her abuser will certainly have a team around him.

That is why over thirty experts in the field of domestic violence have offered their support of LACF’s newest program, Women-of-Means Escape Network, Silicon Valley (W.O.M.E.N., SV), a resource center that addresses the needs of women in middle-to-upper income areas who are experiencing domestic violence.

These experts include:
Chair of Santa Clara County’s Domestic Violence Council and Assistant District Attorney (newly retired) of San Jose, Rolanda Pierre-Dixon, Esq.
Domestic Violence Expert Witness Richard Ferry, M.S., LMFT
Palo Alto University Professor and Past President of Santa Clara County Psychological Association, Paul Marcille, Ph.D.
Stanford OB-GYN Harise Stein, M.D.
Police Officer and former detective Susan Anderson of Los Altos
Executive Director of Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence, Kathleen Krenek
Director of YWCA’s Domestic Violence Support Network Program, Adriana Caldera, M.P.A.
Los Altos therapist Martha Cravens, Ph.D.
Los Altos educational consultant, Miriam Bodin, MA

Their guidance has helped shape the vision and mission of W.O.M.E.N., SV:
To support and empower all women in their struggle to free themselves from domestic violence
To address the unique challenges of women with affluent partners by building a network of resources.

Resources and support include:
A safe, confidential phone line and email address for women to reach out for help
A website with an online directory of services–legal, financial, counseling, personal safety and relocation, educational, vocational, educational–and reference materials on domestic violence in all its forms.
Support and guidance at every stage of the process, from identifying red flags and signs of abuse, through assembling a team and moving through divorce, and on to recovery and starting a new life

Domestic violence is no longer a “private matter”, as San Francisco’s Sheriff Mirkarimi tried to claim. It is a public health issue, a human rights issue. For it is every woman’s right to the peaceful and quiet enjoyment of her home, her body, her private life. And this same right also applies to her children.

Sometimes it takes a village not just to raise a child, but to get a divorce, especially if it’s from a partner with power, money, and influence. By building collaborative relationships with skilled and dedicated professionals, W.O.M.E.N., SV serves women and children in our area whose lives have been impacted by domestic violence. W.O.M.E.N., SV is committed to helping women of means find the means to break free from abuse and go on to build healthier lives for themselves, their children, and ultimately our community.

Do you have questions, comments, suggestions? Send them to domestic violence consultant Ruth Patrick, MA, Program Director of W.O.M.E.N., SV at , or call 650-996-2200.

Ruth is also available for speaking engagements at local service organizations, schools, corporations, health care centers, etc.

The more we know, the more we can do to end domestic violence.

January Mixer

Los Altos Community Foundation

Invites you to the January Mixer!

 Please join us in welcoming the New Year and celebrating the Year of the Dragon.

Enjoy delicious appetizers, courtesy of Chef Chu’s, and selected wines.

Friday, January 27

5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Neutra House


Please bring a guest who may want to meet us

and learn more about LACF.


Please remember to RSVP to Monica at 650-949-5908 or so that we know how many to accommodate.

MVLA Celebrates with Books

The MVLA Community Scholars held its 2011 Scholars Winter Celebration of Books on Dec 28, 2011.

Both the scholars and their mentors began the evening with a delicious dinner at PastaQ in Mountain View. Following the dinner, everyone strolled over to Books, Inc for some post-Xmas book shopping, socializing and desserts.

The scholars and mentors each received a $10 gift certificate to be used towards any book purchased that evening. And Books Inc. donated 20% of all proceeds to the MVLA Community Scholars.

MVLA Community Scholars improves the economic mobility and quality of life of local, high-potential, underserved youth by providing scholarships to make college accessible and individual mentoring to make a four-year degree achievable.

Who are Scholars?

  • 30% male/70% female
  • 36% two-year schools/64% four-year schools
  • 95% in state/5% out of state
  • 11% private colleges/89% public institutions
  • 92% in college/8%stopped out, but still in program
  • Average GPA 3.1
  • Average Household income: $35,000
  • 97% First generation in family to attend college


MVLA Community Roundtable Common Scholarship Now Available

The 2012 MVLA Community Roundtable Common Scholarship Application is now available on-line.

 When you arrive at the MVLA Scholars’ page, just scroll down to the link which contains the Common Scholarship Application.  This application serves as the application for scholarships offered by the Los Altos Rotary Club, Mountain View Kiwanis Club, Mountain View Los Altos Community Scholars, Mountain View Rotary Club, Quota International of Mountain View/Los Altos and Richard G. Bell Memorial Scholarship.

Application Submission Deadline is: February 29, 2012

MVLA Community Scholars improves the economic mobility and quality of life of local, high-potential, underserved youth by providing scholarships to make college accessible and individual mentoring to make a four-year degree achievable.


Claudia Coleman LEADS the Way as Outstanding Community Volunteer

Nominated by the Los Altos Community Foundation and endorsed by numerous community dignitaries, our own Board Member Claudia Coleman was honored Friday at the 29th Annual City of Los Altos/Town of Los Altos Hills Joint Volunteer Awards Luncheon.

Held on a beautiful, crisp afternoon at Fremont Hills Country Club, Claudia was among nine volunteers heralded for their often unsung contributions to making our community better, through their volunteer work.

Roy Lave introduced Claudia as a woman who exemplifies the best of what a volunteer does, not only in the countless hours given to serving the community, but with grace and a positive attitude which translates into motivating others to give their time and talent as well.

Claudia not only serves as a LACF Board member and Chair of the Board Development committee, but she is the incoming Board Chair of the El Camino Hospital Foundation, and has also been an active Board Member with the local chapter of the American Red Cross.

Numerous supporters wrote letters of recommendation for Claudia, including Bob Adams who commented, “She is a lady who contributes a huge amount of insight to problems that need solving by exercising a great deal of thought before contributing any type of suggestion or decision. These contributions are usually offered with humor and/or conviction.”

Claudia was lauded by many for her management of the Leadership Education Advancement (LEAD) series, which starts up again in January to educate local citizens about the inner workings of our community and potential volunteer opportunities. Claudia also has a concern for keeping our downtown vibrant with shoppers and activities during the revitalization, and as a result, organized a Pop-Up Dinner on a Sunday evening in October. It was met with such success that guests are anxious to know when the next one is.

Congratulations to Claudia on this well-deserved honor from the Board and staff of the Los Altos Community Foundation!


Dowtown Holiday Party

What is “First Friday?”
  • Organized by Los Altos Forward, which is sponsored by the Los Altos Community Foundation
  • Fun, social evening event for residents of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and surrounding areas
  • Each First Friday will have a theme or attraction
  • Merchants and restaurants are encouraged to stay open for additional business
  • Currently planned for the even months of the year (February, April, June, August, October, and December)

Contact information
Joe Eyre,