Fri11282014

Our most memorable stories of 2012: Editorial

• The loss of Norma Melchor caused us to reminisce about her remarkable life. Her Feb. 17 death drew condolences from countless friends locally and around the world. The energetic, charismatic and loving former nurse played a major role in the founding of El Camino Hospital and served on the hospital board for 16 years.

• U.S. Marine Capt. Matt Manoukian of Los Altos Hills, killed in action in Afghanistan Aug. 10, prompted us to salute a man described as courageous and a natural leader who had realized his childhood dream to become a Marine. His local memorial service attracted hundreds of mourners, including a host of dignitaries.

• Several projects under construction gave notice that downtown Los Altos was changing for good. The David and Lucile Packard Foundation opened its new green headquarters at Second Street and San Antonio Road. Demolitions took place along First Street for condominiums and an office and retail project to be built in 2013. The downtown booster group Los Altos Forward held regular meetings and events to advance the cause of revitalization.

• Bonne Alden of Los Altos related the touching story of finding her 12-year-old, 7-pound toy apricot poodle. A friend spotted Holli, missing for more than a year, on the website of an animal shelter in Martinez. It was Alden’s dog – scheduled for euthanasia the next day. Instead, Alden and Holli enjoyed a tearful, happy reunion.

• After 19 years working for the town of Danville, Marcia Somers accepted a new challenge: Los Altos city manager. The city appointed Somers, a former assistant town manager, in February.

• The city celebrated its 60th anniversary with a range of events this year, including the Los Altos History Museum’s exhibition “Faces of Los Altos” and an anniversary gala held earlier this month. The Town Crier marked 65 years in September with a party of its own. The Kiwanis Pet Parade also marked its 65th year.

• Paparazzi flocked to Los Altos June 11 to catch a shot of Ashton Kutcher filming the new Steve Jobs biopic “jOBS.” The film crew set up on Crist Drive, site of Jobs’ home when he co-founded Apple Inc.

• Voters elected Megan Satterlee, Jan Pepper and Jeannie Bruins to the Los Altos City Council. Jarrett Fishpaw became the youngest mayor in the city’s history. We look forward to working with them in 2013.

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