Support for the commons: The case for Measure A: Other Voices

As the Los Altos Community Foundation starts its 25th year, I have been thinking about its accomplishments. Certainly there are hundreds of folks whose lives have been impacted for the better, and even more whose lives have been enriched.

But how does it measure against the following vision of community expressed by John Winthrop, the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony:


Fuzzy vision deserves a no vote on Measure A: Other Voices

The vote for a community center (Measure A) is coming up, and there is only a general vision offered to motivate Los Altans to fund $65 million for a new community center.

The specific design and financial details associated with a genuine, complete plan are absent. We have no idea of what the overall project costs will be, such as total build cost, operating and staffing cost, and utilization assumptions. There are also other phases of the overall Civic Center revitalization, of which this is just a part, which in the long run may substantially add to the total.


A penny for your thoughts

Every year before school begins, we take our boys to Pajaro Dunes for the day, one last hurrah before the craziness begins.

Picture the scene: kicked back on a beach blanket with the sun shining high and a cool breeze dusting your face. The sound of beach music eases your tension as the waves crash on the shore and a tongue of water trickles teasingly up toward your nimble toes. You can sense the gentle hum of an outboard engine from a boat easing across the horizon, while seagulls call to each other as they dance in the skies above. Your children laugh with one another as they throw a football and dive into the soft sand with carefree abandon.


Playing the Trump card: No Shoes, Please

I’ve given a lot of thought to Donald Trump over the past several months, though I didn’t really want to. I was never a fan, but my opinion of him plummeted in 2012 during his birther tirades over President Barack Obama’s citizenship. He isn’t the only person in the U.S. who believes our president to be foreign-born; however, he was the only one who claimed to have sent an investigative team to Hawaii to prove it. After failing to produce evidence of the alleged birthplace conspiracy (and it’s not clear that he actually sent anyone to Hawaii in the first place), he switched gears and began shouting for documentation of the president’s matriculation at both Columbia and Harvard.

Eventually, Trump’s hysteria over an undereducated, Kenyan-born Muslim occupying the White House quieted down when he needed to report for duty for season whatever of “The Apprentice.” But Trump is back – running for president and sputtering inanities all over again – and he’s more popular than ever. He’s not only the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination, his every word is covered by all of the major news outlets, and he seems to be impacting the tenor and substance of his fellow nominees’ talking points as well.


Car spotting 2015: A Piece of My Mind

When I was a kid, September was exciting, almost like Christmas, because that was when the Big Three automakers would reveal the new models for the upcoming year.


Perfectly imperfect: Haugh About That?

In 2004, pausing in the shade of an old oak tree while taking my daily walk, I peered through the chain-link fence of Los Altos Golf & Country Club to witness what I considered perfection: a relationship that stood the test of time.

“How precious,” I thought, viewing two aging souls enjoying a round of golf together. Once upon a childhood dream, this was supposed to be my future – growing old with the man I married, appreciating life as a couple after the kids were gone. But God had other plans that year.


Assisted living

I was out grocery shopping the other day and saw a young boy – maybe 10 or 11 years old – almost literally with his nose in a book.


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