Letters to the Editor

Ticket motorists for U-turns on Main Street

As I was walking downtown on Main Street recently, something came to me out of the blue. The town of Los Altos is missing out on a huge revenue stream. I realized that if all the cars – there were three in less than a half-hour – that make U-turns in the middle of Main Street were ticketed, we might be able to build that new community center everyone is talking about.

Just think, if we posted a policeman on a bicycle downtown and he nabbed every one of these lawbreakers and gave them a $300 ticket, the money would start piling up. Where else can you make $900 in a half-hour?


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.


Word play: The Villaj Idiut

This sounds like an oxymoron, but I have come to hate the word “like.”


The perfect holiday gift

Dressed to perfection in my new athletic apparel and spiked golf shoes, I stood at the tee with a license to kill in my gloved hand. Knowing the importance of a swing with precision, I slowly raised my $250 driver meticulously over my right shoulder, then, without hesitation, let it rip.


Letters to the Editor

Parade sure beats Black Friday

I hurried to downtown Los Altos on Black Friday to beat the crowds. At 7 a.m., 10 percent of the parking places were taken. Sunday night, I parked 1 mile from downtown and enjoyed our magnificent parade.

The annual parade has grown immensely in the past 30 years. This peaceful, joyous event marking religious and secular holidays is unbelievable.


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.


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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