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Early voting at the library

The Santa Clara County Library District is offering early voting opportunities for the June 3 primary elections at four libraries, including the Los Altos Public Library.

Early voting is open to all registered voters in the Santa Clara County. It is also available at the Registrar of Voters' Office during normal business hours, starting 29 days prior to the election.

The four libraries — including Campbell, Gilroy and Milpitas — will serve as early voting sites this weekend and next weekend from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. All libraries will remain open for library services on those days, including the Gilroy and Campbell libraries which are usually closed on Sundays. Books and stickers will be provided to children as librarians educate them on the importance of voting.

The Los Altos Public Library is located at 13 S. San Antonio Road in Los Altos. Contact the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters office at 408-299.8683 for more information.

Free pet adoptions

Ever wanted to adopt a pet? Now's your chance.

The Silicon Valley Animal Control Authority's shelter is participating in Maddie's Pet Adoption Days and waiving adoption fees for one weekend, May 31 and June 1, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The SVACA is located at 3370 Thomas Road in Santa Clara.

For each dog and cat adoption, Maddie's Fund will provide the County of Santa Clara with a stipend between $500 and $2,000.

"The community can help us meet our adoption goal of placing more than 70 pets with new families. With support from foundations such as Maddie's Fund, we can continue meeting our goal of finding homes for 100 percent of all healthy shelter dogs and cats, and no euthanizing of healthy animals," said Albert Escobar, the Animal Care and Control Manager, who oversees the San Martin Animal Shelter.

Adoptions usually cost between $90-$120 for dogs and cats. Along with the waived fee, those who adopt pets will receive $500 worth of services, including surgery to spay or neuter, microchip IDs, and registration and vaccinations, among other services.

SVACA and the other five member shelters of the WeCARE Alliance, report that they succesfully placed 100 percent of the healthy animals that entered its care from 2011-12 and did not euthanize any healthy shelter animals. They have implemented an adoption guarantee for all healthy and treatable shelter pets in the county.

More than 200 shelters and rescue groups in nine states will be participating in this event, including all other shelters in the Santa Clara County. For more information, including a list of participating shelters, go to For more information about SVACA, visit or call 408-764-0344.

—Kayla Layaoen

Huff, Monta Loma named distinguished schools

Two Mountain View elementary schools received the 2014 California Distinguished School Award this year. Monta Loma Elementary and Frank L. Huff Elementary Schools both received the award for demonstrating academic excellence and narrowing the education gap in their schools.

One way California measures this is through the Academic Performance Index, or API. Both schools saw an increase in API for the whole student body last year, but made significant increases for socio-economically disadvantaged students, Latinos and English language learners. The biggest jumps were at Huff, where Latino student API increased from 815 to 885, and socio-economically disadvantaged student API scores increased from 805 to 869.

In a district-wide press release, Superintendent Craig Goldman said he is extremely proud of students, teachers, staff and the community at Huff and Monta Loma for what they have accomplished.

All 424 public elementary schools who received the California Distinguished School award this year will be recognized at a state-wide regional awards ceremony on June 13 in Concord.

The Mountain View Whisman School District now has three distinguished schools in the district. Last year, Graham Middle School was also selected for the California Distinguished School award.

Scholarship program awards 24 students

The MVLA Community Scholars awarded 24 students with scholarships this year, the highest number of students yet. All the recipients are the first generation in their family to go to college, and will have have access to renewable scholarship funds and trained mentors in the program.

Many of the students are recent immigrants from places like Mexico, China, India and the Philippines, representatives said. At an average GPA of 3.43, the students participate in after-school activities like basketball, gymnastics, football and the robotics club, according to a press release by the Community Scholars program.

The students plan to attend colleges including San Francisco, San Jose and Humboldt state universities, as well as University of California at Merced and at Berkeley, Santa Clara University and Foothill College. Many of them are pursuing degrees in engineering, computer science and law.

The scholarship money provides "gap funding," or the different between the cost of education and what the students receive in other grant and loan money, According to the Community Scholars website, recipient awards range anywhere from $1,000 to $6,000 per year.

—Kevin Forestieri


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