Fri03062015

Generosity comes through again: Thanks from the Publisher

The 2014-2015 Los Altos Town Crier Holiday Fund is drawing to a close. The campaign was the most successful ever, raising more than $250,000 from nearly 400 donors.

The program, launched in 2000, supports Silicon Valley-area nonprofit organizations that invest the fund’s donations for maximum results. The number of nonprofit agencies we support has grown from eight in 2000 to 20 in 2014. For more information on the groups, visit losaltosonline.com.

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Public art and developer money: Editorial

Los Altos City Councilmembers last week discussed an interesting idea – applying developer fees to fund more public artwork.

Under the proposal, those looking to build in downtown Los Altos and elsewhere could either contribute a piece of art to complement their project or pay an in-lieu fee to the city so that its Public Arts Commission could recommend a piece for purchase instead. The in-lieu fee discussed is 1 percent of the total project. A $7 million project, say, would yield $70,000 for public art.

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Looking forward in 2015: Editorial

Why all the hooting and hollering, the champagne-glass clinks, the assembled crowds just to join in a countdown to the new year? Are we celebrating another year older and wiser or joyfully distracting ourselves from reminders of our mortality?

The real reason for celebrating is hope. Starting a new year means wiping the slate clean and mapping plans for a better life ahead. We look forward to good things happening.

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Good compromise on PE exemptions: Editorial

While “Deflategate” captures the national sports headlines, the local issue of physical education class exemptions for freshmen seems a much worthier sports topic for discussion.

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees broached the subject two weeks ago amid persistent pressure from parents who objected to some freshmen student-athletes being denied exemptions from taking PE classes.

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Maltby's closing? Say it ain't so

For the past 17 years, Maltby’s has been Los Altos’ answer to Cheers, the fictional Boston bar where “everybody knows your name.”

It’s a casual, comfortable English pub-style place that reflects the roots of its British-born proprietor, James Maltby. It’s a home away from home for the regulars carrying on jovial conversations while nursing a beer. It’s a small business that has managed to survive while many other restaurants and retailers in Los Altos have come and gone.

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More open than ever: Editorial

One of the Los Altos City Council’s objectives for 2015 is implementing an open-government policy. The title of the policy may be somewhat misleading, because it’s not as if the city has had a closed-government policy. But the new proposal goes beyond the minimum requirements set by the Ralph M. Brown Act, the state’s open-meetings law, to broaden the city’s overall transparency and openness.

The policy’s impact is two-fold: maintain an open-government page on the city’s website, including a brief description of the Brown Act; and post council agendas on the website with longer public notice, in this case, eight calendar days before the actual meeting.

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Holiday thumbs: Editorial

Thumbs-up: To the new members of the Los Altos City Council, Los Altos School District and Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District boards, all of whom were recently sworn in after their victories in the Nov. 4 election. New faces include Jean Mordo and Mary Prochnow on the council; Sangeeth Peruri and Vladimir Ivanovic on the elementary school board; and Fiona Walter on the high school board. We’ll continue to benefit from incumbents Tammy Logan (LASD) and Debbie Torok and Joe Mitchner (MVLA) serving another four years.

At the same time, let’s bid a respectful farewell to outgoing councilmembers Val Carpenter and Jarrett Fishpaw, trustees Mark Goines and Doug Smith (LASD), and Judy Hannemann, retiring after more than 30 years on the MVLA board. Thank you all for your service.

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