Fri05222015

Another dry year ahead – and flood protection?: Editor's Notebook

I stared into a clear, blue sky, the sun applying just the right amount of heat. It was short-sleeve weather, maybe a smidge above 70 degrees. And it was January.

I reminded myself how lucky we are to be in one of the best parts of the world for mild winter weather. Contrasting this to the heavy blizzards pummeling the East Coast, it seemed as if Mother Nature purposely had it out for those cranky New Englanders (I was once one of them) while the Bay Area could do no wrong.

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Senior Middle Age and the new 'Silent Generation': Other Voices

Those becoming octogenarians this year will move into the Senior Middle Age category.

The year 1935 was bland and vanilla, not necessarily the best time to enter the world. We were few in number, as the Great Depression continued.

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Taking stock: From the Mayor's Desk


Jan Pepper was sworn in as mayor of Los Altos for 2015 at Tuesday’s city council meeting. To contact her, email jpepper@ losaltosca.gov.

The election is over and a new council is coming on board. So this is an appropriate time for the Los Altos City Council and our city government as a whole to take stock.

As the incoming mayor, these are the goals and expectations I set for myself:

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Let's be green: From the Mayor's Desk

In Gov. Jerry Brown’s second inaugural address Jan. 5, he proposed three ambitious environmental goals for the next 15 years: increase from one-third to 50 percent the electricity derived from renewable sources; reduce today’s petroleum use in cars and trucks by up to 50 percent; and double the efficiency of existing buildings and make heating fuels cleaner.

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Election 2014: Looking back, looking forward: Editor's Notebook

With the Nov. 4 election results all but finalized, we wonder what voters were thinking with their choices for our city council and school boards, and what the results of Measure N mean.

I think it’s pretty obvious that voters in general opted for a conservative approach with their choices.

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The perfect holiday gift

Dressed to perfection in my new athletic apparel and spiked golf shoes, I stood at the tee with a license to kill in my gloved hand. Knowing the importance of a swing with precision, I slowly raised my $250 driver meticulously over my right shoulder, then, without hesitation, let it rip.

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The Book Nest: Gone but not forgotten: Other Voices


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By Ryan C. Fowler

I want to encourage others to remember The Book Nest, a mainstay of the downtown landscape for many of us who grew up in Los Altos, and to thank the man behind the counter. It would be a shame for the community to forget the bookstore and what Ed Schmitz did for Los Altos and for me.

I recall walking into that unostentatious house my sophomore year at Los Altos High School. I selected books from the shelves and wandered into the front room, with its built-in red wooden desk and an old cash register. An older gentleman with a wide smile and a very large, fluffy cat glanced at me. After I had read for a bit, the cat plopped down on the book on my lap and the man and I struck up a conversation about author John Steinbeck. That was our first conversation, more than 28 years ago. The numerous others we shared affected my path and resulted in what I do today.

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