We all need to be more careful on the road – including me: Other Voices


After some back and forth with the Los Altos School District, the Los Altos Hills City Council has agreed to table plans for removing the Gardner Bullis School crosswalk and will instead hire a crossing guard to help shepherd students safely across Fremont Road until an ad hoc task force can explore long-term solutions.


The principle of simplicity: Other Voices

Courtesy of Robin Chapman
Mrs. Ashley (Faye) Chapman mows the lawn of the family home in Los Altos in 1951. The house behind her is today being renovated for the third time since this photo was taken.

There is a house around the corner from me in Los Altos that is older than my own family home. While ours was not completed until 1950, this house was finished in 1948. Its simple outlines often appear in the background of our old family photographs.


The air we breathe: From the Mayor's Desk

As city councilmembers, not only do we focus on Los Altos, we also represent Los Altos by serving on the boards of regional organizations. For the past three years, I’ve been privileged to serve on the board of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), the regulatory agency that protects our air.


Outgoing mayor looks back on the year: From the Mayor's Desk

It has been an honor and a privilege to have served as your mayor of Los Altos for the past year. What’s it like being the mayor? There are lots of fun ceremonial events, like riding in cool cars in parades, cutting ribbons for new businesses and attending many special events as the representative of Los Altos.


Measure A: Now what?

Measure A has failed by a supermajority. So what do we do now?

The Hillview Community Center complex is obsolete and needs upgrading. Does the vote mean that voters do not care about having a civic center? I do not believe so. The coalition of No on A comprises diverse groups with different motivations. The only way to move forward is to address the valid concerns of each group to the extent we can.


Measure A: Moving forward: Other Voices

Moving forward, let’s start with solid, accurate data.


Peek into the Past

Sgt. Egbert Alexander Jr. poses in front of his family’s home at 142 Los Altos Ave. in 1917. The 21-year-old was among the 2.8 million young men drafted into the Armed Forces after the U.S. entered World War I in the spring of 1917. Alexander survived the war and returned to live with his parents before launching a career at the San Francisco Board of Trade. Ultimately, more than 4 million U.S. soldiers and sailors would be mobilized for the fight, with approximately 300,000 casualties (wounded or dead) reported.


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