A permanent home for Immigrant House

Los Altos Town Crier reports that LACF supported project, “Immigrant House”, seems to have found a permanent home.

The Mountain View City Council designated the property at 771 N. Rengstorff Ave. for park use at its Sept. 24 meeting.

The council voted 6-1 to use the land as open space, with Mayor John Inks dissenting. The city purchased the property earlier this year for $3 million.

Councilmembers had previously considered using the 1.22-acre property for affordable housing, among other options, before deciding to leave the tree-filled site more or less as is.

The council concurrently agreed to relocate the 1880s-era Immigrant House to the newly ordained parkland.

That’s good news to Los Altos resident Mary Kay Marinovich, the leading force behind the successful quest to preserve the 400-square-foot historical structure. The house was moved from its original location on Bryant Street earlier this year to a temporary city-owned site as it awaited its fate.

“Old Mountain View neighbors can be proud to have conserved one of the city’s original structures, representing the common folk that helped build this city,” Marinovich wrote in an email to councilmembers.

Marinovich’s relatives lived in the small house decades ago after they emigrated from Croatia to the U.S.

“Those of you who have been in Mountain View for 30-plus years will be amazed at 771 N. Rengstorff, because it looks like a throwback to Old Mountain View from 50 years ago,” she said. “Being on the property and in the presence of its natural beauty is simply magical. For that we can thank former owner (Frances) Steiper. I think the city council is wise to leave the property as undisturbed as possible.”

Ruth Patrick of WomenSV spot to students about affluent survivors of abuse

393 Ruth Patrick, Executive Director of WomenSV, gave a training to the Forensic Psychology Ph.D. students at Palo Alto University on Domestic Violence in the Affluent Community. 25 students attended. They left with a new appreciation for the suffering of domestic violence survivors who appear to have money and resources but often don’t have access to them.

Students learned that these victims of affluent abusers experience the same pain, terror, and trauma as those from any other economic background.

And they learned about resources they could offer these survivors. Word of the presentation and topic spread and 30 more students requested materials. Palo Alto University has invited Ruth for a return engagement in the new year.

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Los Altos Community Foundation adds active community volunteers to its Board of Directors

LACommunityFoundation1Los Altos Community Foundation today added two new active community volunteers, Christina Chu and Crysta Krames to its Board of Directors. Christina and Crysta join three additional new members, Mike Kasperzak, Bob Kresek, and Kevin Schick, who have joined within the last quarter. The Board now contains 17 members.

“The new board members add to the talent, perspective, and community focus of the LACF Board and will further enable the Foundation to positively impact our community,” said Joe Eyre, Executive Director.

Los Altos Community Foundation, founded in 1991, improves Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, and Mountain View by promoting, fostering, and sponsoring philanthropy. It does this through grantmaking, program management and fiscal sponsorship, charitable funds, and community leadership.

Christina Chu who grew up in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, currently owns her real estate firm, Silicon Tech Realty Inc. She has volunteered with Child Advocates, and has fundraised and donated to the Mountain View El Camino YMCA.

Crysta Krames has a Masters in Public Administration from San Jose State University. She currently is the Development Director for Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley. She is a member of the Los Altos Rotary, serving as the Director of Fine Art and the Park for the past two years.

Mike Kasperzak has extensive public service experience. He is serving in his fourth term on the Mountain View City Council and has served twice as Mayor. He has been on a number of Bay Area boards and commissions, has been President of the League of California Cities and is now on the Board of the National League of Cities. Mike is a commercial mediator with Silicon Valley Mediation Group and has practiced law for 11 years. He is now a member of the Advisory Board of Nextdoor.com and on the Board of Acterra.

Bob Kresek, CFP®, CIMC®, is a Principal at Buckingham Asset Management LLC, where he is a personal financial advisor to Silicon Valley executives and venture capital firm partners. Previously Bob served as vice president of two high-technology start-ups and held numerous management positions over 18 years with Hewlett-Packard Company. Bob formerly served as Board Member and Board President for the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford.

Kevin Schick has a Finance degree from Marquette University and MBA from Northwestern. During his career he served in a number of financial executive roles with several companies, including 27 years with Con-Way, Inc., a $5.5B freight transportation and logistics company. He is now an active community volunteer with the Los Altos Rotary, Roadrunners, and the El Camino Hospital.



Top Ten Signs You Are A Community (Foundation) Junkie



1.     You see any gathering of one or more people as an opportunity to build community – golf and poker especially.
2.     You see potential collaborators in every corner –  except a few.
3.     You try to convince people who are thinking of starting their own family foundation to start a donor advised fund at the local community foundation instead.  You can even answer,  “What’s a community foundation?”
4.     You work an extra day into your travels to have time to visit the local community foundation.  You start getting invitations from the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee for their $500 per plate Dinner Cruise on the Cumberland River.
5.     You welcome new people, ideas, and initiatives into the community.  You collect stories, memorabilia, photos – inspiring a familiar chaos on your desk and shelves.
6.     You set up a giving jar for your dog sitter – matching what she’s earned with funds for her to give away to her favorite community organization.
7.     You try to be more kind, loyal, fair, dedicated, selfless, more rational in the face of ridiculousness.  Why are people mean-spirited.
8.     You work to advance the fabric of community – art, music, theater, architecture, political office, the latest engineering gadgets, good wine-good food-good parties.  What about that Holiday fruitcake-launching contest idea?  Kind of brings it all together.
9.     You believe in youth and their voice and involvement in the public sphere.  And you save everything in the attic in case they might need it.  You might even move your office up there.
10.  You call up Roy just to hear his voice over the phone, “Roy Lave;” to ask his advice; to hear his thinking, his latest good idea, his humor.  And to remind you who you are, where you are, and what’s important.


Thank you Roy!  Miss you and the LACF Community!  
— Nancy Lippe

SFMOMA Project Los Altos

SFMOMA brings national and international artists to the Silicon Valley community of Los Altos in this unique multisite exhibition. Occupying indoor and outdoor locations throughout the downtown area, Project Los Altos features newly commissioned artist projects by Spencer Finch, Christian Jankowski, Chris Johanson, Mike Mills, Kateřina Šedá, Alec Soth, and Jessica Stockholder that respond to the history and culture of this former agricultural area, the local residents, and the sites themselves. These new works are joined by documentation of performances staged by Charles Garoian with his students at Los Altos High School from 1970 to 1983, and Jeremy Blake’s opulent Winchester trilogy (2002-2004), from the SFMOMA collection, inspired by the eccentric South Bay mansion built by Sarah Winchester.


This series is brought to you, in part, by a Los Altos Community Foundation Community Grant.

Roy Lave Tribute Videos

Annual LACF Brunch was a Sell-Out!
Over 140 attendees enjoyed the LACF Annual Brunch in the main dining room of the Los Altos Golf and County Club. After an update by Joe Eyre, Executive Director, it was time for Dr. James Doty, Founder and Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) and Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery, Stanford University. Dr. Doty regaled the crowd with his personal triumphs and challenges, culminating in how important giving is to the soul. Attendees received a gift, beads that represent the various elements of compassion.
Dick Henning started the frivolity. His irreverent introduction to Roy and Penny (especially Roy) had the crowd in stitches. Guests were then encouraged to present their thoughts on the Foundation career of the Laves. All were heartfelt and one, from John Reed and Vicki Reeder, was even musical.