Yes to seniors, yes to families and yes on Measure A

We have the opportunity to do something truly wonderful for Los Altos: Build a new Community Center and swim center to serve our entire community. You can help make this happen by voting yes on Measure A on Nov. 3.

When I ran for city council in November 2012, a complete redevelopment of the entire 18-acre civic center site had been proposed (the 2009 master plan). This never came to a vote because the community, including me, did not support such an extensive plan. It didn’t benefit the community; rather, it called for replacing city hall and the police department first, and taking care of the residents in later phases.


In support of Measure A

There has been some negative press on Measure A, the bond measure on the Nov. 3 ballot that would replace the decrepit Hillview Community Center with a modern facility and swim complex.

Everyone who criticizes it starts by admitting that a new facility is desirable, but that it is either too big, too expensive, as yet too undefined, in the wrong place or not in sync with our real needs.


Warning: Useless flood basin ahead

Our water and fire agencies receive much attention (and scrutiny) during the hot, dry days of summer – water for the lack of it and fire for its widespread destruction. During this extreme drought year, we are deluged with water conservation mandates as wildfires rage out of control.

Our visceral reaction to flood-control efforts in the wake of the ongoing drought is one of incredulity. Flood control? Are you kidding me?


A different story

In 1997, I sold my business and vowed to stay active in retirement. I was 69 then and fortunately had lots of interests, but I especially liked making things out of wood and fixing things. The latter led me to become a “Gentleman Handyman,” and I soon developed a bit of a following around town. That ultimately led me to volunteer to do repairs for seniors through the Los Altos Senior Center, and I became one of the more prominent “fixers” among that group of like-minded folks, performing all kinds of small repairs for free.


An ominous anniversary: Editor's Notebook

This month marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. For many Americans, it was a cause for mass celebration. It was an overwhelming relief for a country physically and emotionally exhausted from the worst war the world has ever known.

The war ended 70 years ago for Japan as well. But while American sailors were kissing strangers in Times Square, the Japanese were combing through the debris of their cities in the wake of mass devastation – destruction the U.S. was fortunate to avoid on its own soil. The firebombing of Tokyo was horribly catastrophic, but it was what happened in Hiroshima and Nagasaki that gave the word “ominous” new meaning.


Final input prepares LASD for enrollment-growth action: Other Voices

As the recent series of community forums confirmed, a variety of actions will be needed to address enrollment-growth challenges facing the Los Altos School District. These forums and other community input help the board of trustees understand which options should be part of the mix.


Adieu: Other Voices

A wonderful thing happened during my second term on the Los Altos Hills City Council: Our two sons have, with their wives, provided my wife and I with the gift of four – soon to be five – grandchildren. We could not be more pleased and have made the decision to create a family ranch where the grandkids can play and have access to a high-quality school district.

We recently stumbled upon a flat 5-acre property for sale, on the water, in Carmel – near Point Lobos State Natural Reserve – and decided that this is where we want to establish the Larsen Family Ranch.


Schools »

Read More

Sports »

Read More

People »

Read More

Special Sections »

Special Sections
Read More

Photos of Los Altos

Browse and buy photos