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Arts & Wine redux

“Are you going to the Arts & Wine Festival?” a friend asked.

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Fleeting tastes: A cautionary tale of public art: Other Voices

There is a sad little strip of asphalt just off El Camino Real in Burlingame, upon which sits a magnificent statue in bronze of a uniformed gentleman on a horse. Nestled between a strip mall and a gas station, the statue is without a label. It appears to be of early-20th-century origin, but so far I’ve not been able to properly identify it. Clearly, some civic body once went to a lot of trouble to have this piece of public art created and installed. With the passage of time and changing taste, this tribute in public art to a long-ago hero has been largely forgotten on the Peninsula.

It is a reminder, if we needed one, of the short half-life of tastes in public art – especially problematic in a region where things change as quickly as they do in California.

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Departing MVLA schools chief offers thanks: Other Voices

At the end of June, I will be retiring after nine years as superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District. These have been the best nine years of my 37-year public education career – in part because of the incredible support from the Los Altos, Mountain View and Los Altos Hills communities.

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Resident takes issue with Stevens Creek Trail column: Other Voices

Following is a response to Editor Bruce Barton’s “Editor’s Notebook” on the Stevens Creek Trail project (“What’s driving resistance to Stevens Creek Trail?” June 17).

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Rancho San Antonio threatened, but who cares?: Other Voices

People who enjoy Rancho San Antonio County Park better start paying attention, because the Santa Clara Valley Water District is preparing to clear-cut 100 trees and dig a useless flood basin there. This project is a colossal fraud. That it has progressed to this stage, in this educated community, is a sad commentary on our ability to hold our government agencies in check. Not every person can analyze every controversy, but our community organizations should report on important topics of interest to their members.

Neither the Committee for Green Foothills nor GreenTown Los Altos has voiced objections to the Rancho San Antonio project. I think their members should be told why. A Green Foothills spokesman stated that the organization does not concern itself with how the park will be altered as long as it remains open space. Does this reflect the view of the membership or just one official?

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What's driving resistance to Stevens Creek Trail?: Editor's Notebook

I love the southernmost part of Los Altos near the Sunnyvale border. I’m talking about driving along Fremont Avenue past the Highway 85 intersection into Los Altos.

While not as stark a contrast as the views along University Avenue from East Palo Alto into Palo Alto, you clearly know that you’ve crossed over into a different world as the concrete sidewalks, wide streets and Highway 85 noise from the Sunnyvale side transition to picturesque, tree-lined scenery that welcomes you to Los Altos. Trees are everywhere, overhanging from both sides of the roadway as well as towering in the medians. Small, inconspicuous wooden signs mark the connecting streets like Fallen Leaf Lane, Truman Avenue and Newcastle Drive.

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Two quiet men: From the Mayor's Desk

This month marks the fourth anniversary of the passing of my dad, Al Pepper, May 28, 2011. He was a quiet man who didn’t waste words. So when Dad spoke, we all listened. He was full of humility and integrity, super proud of his children and grandchildren, and fortunate to have a loving marriage with my mom for 62 years. He was part of the Greatest Generation that fought in World War II, came back heroes and then focused on the present and the future.

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