Sat09202014

We’re all green thumbs-up: Editorial

We’ve been griping a bit much in recent weeks. So we’re taking a thumbs-up approach this time around to salute some good things happening in our community.

Thumbs-up: To the Sit and Share program, initiated with enthusiasm by Los Altos Hills resident Robin Katsaros. She’s led an effort to place attractive and durable patio furniture at the newly expanded street corners throughout downtown. Check out the nifty round table with orange umbrella and chairs at the corner of Main and Third streets in front of Satura Cakes. Sit and Share supporters are now campaigning to purchase furniture for other locations. The furniture comes with a purpose: encouraging people to stay downtown, mingle and, yes, walk and shop at the stores. With grassroots efforts like these, the future of downtown looks bright.

Thumbs-up: To the recent arrangement with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to bring a temporary exhibition to downtown Los Altos. The city of Los Altos, Passerelle Investment Co. and the museum are collaborating on the display, set to debut in November. “Project Los Altos: SFMOMA in Silicon Valley” will include works by prominent artists at both indoor and outdoor locations while SFMOMA undergoes a two-and-a-half-year expansion. This is a really big feather in Los Altos’ cultural cap that’s sure to draw positive attention and provide an economic boost.

Thumbs-up: To the ever-increasing green reputation Los Altos is cultivating, thanks in large part to the efforts of groups like the Living Classroom Program and GreenTown Los Altos. Living Classroom educates schoolchildren on growing their own vegetable gardens and their roles as producers and consumers. GreenTown advocates for a range of environmental causes, including recycling, bike travel and electric vehicles (members helped Los Altos install new EV charging stations).

Thumbs-up: And speaking of EVs, have you noticed the recent proliferation of Teslas in Los Altos? Purchases of the popular electric car are becoming fashionable here, although most owners will tell you it’s all about the great technology. Los Altos Mayor Jarrett Fishpaw, in his “State of the Cities” address a few weeks back, noted that Los Altos has 1,900 registered electric cars. That’s enough to put it in sixth place in the country – if it were a state! Now that’s something to brag about.

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