Fri04292016

Los Altos at a leadership crossroads: Editorial

Don’t look now, but there could be some major changes ahead regarding how the Los Altos city government is run.

The current city council has the opportunity to hire a new city manager in the wake of Marcia Somers’ recent resignation. Furthermore, three open seats on the five-seat council are up for grabs in the Nov. 8 General Election. Voters can opt for a new council majority that may translate to new leadership and direction at city hall.

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Spoken English: No Shoes, Please

Cathy and I come from similar backgrounds. Our families are close, and our mothers remain confidantes to this day. I hadn’t seen her in a very long time, but recently, in the space of six weeks, we’ve attended the same two funerals.

At funeral No. 2, my sister and I walked with Cathy to the parking lot, followed by an entourage of our Japanese elders: my mother, Cathy’s mother and Cathy’s aunt and uncle. As per usual, one group chatted amiably among themselves entirely in Japanese, the other group entirely in English. Periodically, we would crosstalk in our respective native tongues, but for the most part we stayed in our linguistic, generational lanes.

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The fight for stricter air emission requirements: Other Voices

It appears that many Los Altos voters received a letter April 7 from the group Bay Area Refinery Workers. In the letter, it says, “We hope that Los Altos City Councilmember Jan Pepper will consider us before making decisions that impact our livelihoods.”

Because I am specifically named in the letter, I would like to provide some context and a response to the residents of Los Altos.

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Letters to the Editor

Reader offers traffic solutions

I am writing regarding two traffic articles from the April 13 edition.

• City of Los Altos (“Roadway cut-through, safety projects en route to completion”): So the city of Los Altos is going to spend money to do another speed-zone survey. Why bother? They won’t raise any speed limits, as the past surveys have suggested. Once again they ignore the facts presented.

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Schools situation requires juggling

It appears that the Los Altos School District, the district’s board of trustees and the city of Los Altos have worked very hard to come up with a plan for another school site, but there just isn’t enough land available to build a new site in the already-crowded North Los Altos area.

I have not been involved in any of the community meetings – I had my fill of social involvement while our children were growing up in the 1980s and ’90s. However, my husband works at Egan Junior High School, and I have given this situation a lot of thought.

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Out of the mouths of babes: Haugh About That?

Drowning my sorrows in a stiff glass of Cabernet, I sat alone in the dark late one evening and moaned, “God, what am I doing wrong?”

After seven years of coaching both fall and spring league, you’d think I’d have the softball gig down, but that was not the case. In 1992, I was given the task of herding a group of 7- to 9-year-old kittens that couldn’t catch a fly ball or connect with the bat. We weren’t just bad, we stank, and I’d lost all confidence in my ability to run the team.

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Get out of my vey: The Villaj Idiut

Memo to Google: The speed limit is only a suggestion.

Even Johnny Law acknowledges that you can pretty much go 9 mph over the posted speed limit and they don’t really care – unless you are on Interstate 280, where you have to go 29 mph over the speed limit or you’ll get run over.

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