Familiar icon pops up in Los Altos: A Piece of My Mind

I was walking to my car parked on State Street when my eye fell on an old familiar acquaintance from my early childhood, totally unexpected to meet in Los Altos. It was the “Steinway” logo over the door of the new Steinway Piano Gallery, recently added to the Los Altos merchant roster.


Hungry? Just text us: Editor's Notebook

I’ll have to admit, I found the Second Harvest Food Bank’s recent announcement of a texting option for the hungry a bit strange.

The food bank, which serves Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, launched the texting program April 15 – in English, Spanish and Vietnamese – to connect hungry families with the underused (according to the agency) CalFresh food assistance program. By texting a keyword to “97779,” families can be prescreened to begin the process of participating in the CalFresh program.


A genocide forgotten – and repeated: Editor's Notebook

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” The prophetic 1905 quote from philosopher and author George Santayana has been revisited after every human tragedy that has occurred since.

The problem is, we have short memories. Slaughters of innocent people continue to occur.


Letters to the Editor

Is Shoup House renovation newsworthy?

As a University Avenue resident, I want to publicly welcome the new owners of the historic Shoup House to our neighborhood.

I look forward to seeing how the Copeland family has chosen to update the home’s interior to reflect their family’s needs and personality.


Letters to the Editor

Review and amend water conservation program

As a cyclist who participated in the recent Lawn Be Gone Bike Tour, let me offer an alternative perspective.

In 2013, when it became apparent that we were heading for a drought, I decided to replace the small lawn in my backyard with synthetic grass and shut off my sprinkler system.


Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices

Many contributing supporters to the Friends of Historic Redwood Grove believe that the Halsey House, designated a historic landmark by the Los Altos City Council in 1981, deserves to be saved and renovated for adapted use by the community.

Set in the center of Redwood Grove Nature Preserve along Adobe Creek, the one-story, stucco-clad Spanish Eclectic-style house – constructed in 1923 for Theodore Vail and Emma Wright Halsey, an early Los Altos-area family – has a U-shaped plan, oak floors, hipped roofs with Spanish clay tile and sets of French doors opening onto the interior courtyard as well as the front concrete patio.


Ending the debate: No Shoes, Please

In a general sense, everything is up for debate with me: What do I cook for dinner? Did I do the right thing? What color paint for the bedroom? Do I really want to go? Has the team improved? What difference does it make? Should I give him a call? Is it worth that much money? What is the truth?


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