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A retreat – and then a charge?: Editor's Notebook

Most companies tend to schedule retreats once a year. The Los Altos City Council has held two over the past six months.

There was good reason to organize the latest one, however. A lot had taken place – and not taken place – between the January retreat and the one held June 18.

The summer solstice: Other Voices


How does dinner al fresco sound? The potentially most sun-soaked day of the year is nearly here.

Charitable legacies give forever: Other Voices


Prince’s death late last month triggered an incredible outpouring of sympathy from admirers around the globe. Everyone knew about his tremendous talent as a songwriter and performer. What is only now coming to light is that Prince was also a generous philanthropist during his lifetime, donating millions of dollars to nonprofit organizations worldwide.

There is a doggy heaven: Other Voices

When my dog passed away a few years ago, I suffered much grief. We not only slept in the same bed, but we often shared meals, and he was able to come with me to work quite often, a real stroke of luck for both of us.

Mortgage mania: Other Voices

I have this self-punishing habit of collecting real estate flyers while out walking my dog. I take them home to my husband and we half-laugh, half-cringe at the listed prices. We speculate about the scores of people who will undoubtedly shell out six figures over a seven-figure asking price to own one of these 800-square-foot shacks: Are they nuts?!

Once the veins in my neck stop bulging, I file the offending slips of paper in my circular filing cabinet. Those printed on sturdy card stock earn a reprieve and live among the junk mail Matt and I use to scoop up and re-home errant spiders.

Primer explains driving in downtown Los Altos: Other Voices

We’ve all noticed that downtown Los Altos has become more crowded. This certainly is good news for merchants as well as property values. But it appears to me that many of our new residents have arrived from somewhere in the country with different traffic laws than we have here in Los Altos.

So, I thought a simple primer would be of use. And as an initial caveat, I’m talking only of cars here, not pedestrians, who clearly have the right-of-way.

Questions for water district as it prepares to 'ravage' park: Other Voices


Rancho San Antonio County Park will be ravaged by heavy construction equipment this summer. The Santa Clara Valley Water District plans to flatten approximately 70 trees and dig a huge, useless flood basin, leaving lots of noise and dust in our most heavily visited preserve. Plans were scheduled to go out to bid Tuesday.

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The Town Crier welcomes letters to the editor on current events pertinent to Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View. Write to us at 138 Main St., Los Altos 94022, Attn: Editor, or email editor Bruce Barton at bruceb@latc.com. Because editorial space is limited, please confine letters to no more than 200 words. Include a phone number for verification purposes. Anonymous letters will not be printed.

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