Sat12202014

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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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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Housing 'affordable' in name only: Editorial

“Spate of affordable housing coming soon to Los Altos” read a front-page headline in last week’s Town Crier. Hmm. Perhaps we were overstating the case.

“Affordable” is a relative term. By the rest of the nation’s standards, the entire Bay Area is unaffordable. And Los Altos is the least affordable city in the Bay Area. A recently released Coldwell Banker report revealed that Los Altos is the most expensive market in the nation – compared with similar homes in 2,000 markets across the U.S. Seven other Bay Area cities round out the top 10.

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Enough with the bus-only lanes: Editorial

It seems that the Valley Transportation Authority is trying to validate its service to our region with its latest master plan to add express bus lanes along El Camino Real.

VTA representatives presented their latest bus-route improvement plans Nov. 20 in Mountain View. The agency proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) routes along a 17.4-mile stretch of the King’s Highway between Palo Alto and San Jose. The BRT routes would be in addition to existing bus service, only this system would be, according to VTA officials, “fast, frequent and reliable.”

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Thumbs-up after the election: Editorial

In the wake of the election, we’re all thumbs.

Thumbs-up: To all the candidates participating in the local races. Regardless of the outcomes, we salute your involvement and commitment to making a difference for the better in our community. During our interviews, we met candidates who exhibited passion, expertise and sound knowledge about the governing bodies they wished to represent. A campaign is a gauntlet of filing fees, fundraising, forums, meet-and-greets and door-to-door visits. It takes special people to endure the grind of a campaign.

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Serving those who served us: Editorial

“Thank you for your service” often comes across as lip service to our veterans. As always, actions speak louder than words.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos has taken plenty of action, contributing time and money to improve opportunities for veterans through the Veterans Resource Center at Foothill College. Young vets are getting a new start in civilian life, thanks to the work of the center.

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Off the fence: TC recommends 'yes' on N

The Town Crier initially offered no position on the controversial $150 million Measure N bond on Tuesday’s ballot. But some of the reasons we gave in our Oct. 15 editorial were, on reflection, overly critical and based on inaccurate information.

We understand that the Los Altos School District has been working for several years planning for enrollment growth, and that the content of the bond measure is a reflection of that. We now take into account the fact that the district could only afford to build one new campus at best given the funding limit of the bond measure, even though two campuses were recommended and are needed.

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