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Oh, behave!: Editorial

It’s a good thing the young historical essay contest winners and Girl Scouts recognized at the beginning of the May 10 Los Altos City Council meeting didn’t stay for the duration. They would have witnessed a poor example of civic engagement at a meeting marred by needless drama and dysfunctional leadership.

First, the approval of a resolution disbanding the city’s downtown parking committee over Brown Act (the state’s open meetings law) violations drew protests from both committee members and their opponents, chiefly two former Los Altos mayors, Ron Packard and David Casas. Their group, Friends of Los Altos, raised the Brown Act violations and triggered a third-party investigation. The arbiter agreed that there were violations and recommended disbanding the committee. However, the arbiter also ruled that the city could use the information the committee gathered as part of the public process for creating a downtown parking plan. That didn’t sit well with Casas and Packard, both of whom issued threatening responses (Casas: “Tonight is not the end of this saga – this is not going to go away.” And Packard: “We did not threaten to sue the city, although tonight we’re coming close to it.”). View the webcast at losaltosca.gov to see for yourself.


Housewives of LA: The Villaj Idiut

Bumble waiter: Hello, ladies. May I take your drink order?

Housewife No. 1: I don’t see this on your menu, but I had this really superb wine at the Rosewood spa last week when I was getting my mani, pedi, herbal facial, Brazilian wax, back wax, tramp-stamp enhancement and three-hour hot-stone massage. I got a glass with each treatment, it was only like $15 a glass. I think it was called “Charles Shaw.”

Questions for water district as it prepares to 'ravage' park: Other Voices

 

Rancho San Antonio County Park will be ravaged by heavy construction equipment this summer. The Santa Clara Valley Water District plans to flatten approximately 70 trees and dig a huge, useless flood basin, leaving lots of noise and dust in our most heavily visited preserve. Plans were scheduled to go out to bid Tuesday.

Charitable legacies give forever: Other Voices

 

Prince’s death late last month triggered an incredible outpouring of sympathy from admirers around the globe. Everyone knew about his tremendous talent as a songwriter and performer. What is only now coming to light is that Prince was also a generous philanthropist during his lifetime, donating millions of dollars to nonprofit organizations worldwide.

The good mother: Haugh About That?

With her frail, pencil-thin body lying on the living room couch, I held my mother’s 85-year-old hand as she asked the same question, again: “Honey, was I a good mother?”

Bending over the shriveled frame that once held the sophistication of Coco Chanel and the unconditional love of the Blessed Mother, I kissed her cheek, feeling impatient. Then, looking into her pleading eyes, I reassured, “I don’t know why you keep asking this. You’re the best mother a girl could have.”

Mortgage mania: Other Voices

I have this self-punishing habit of collecting real estate flyers while out walking my dog. I take them home to my husband and we half-laugh, half-cringe at the listed prices. We speculate about the scores of people who will undoubtedly shell out six figures over a seven-figure asking price to own one of these 800-square-foot shacks: Are they nuts?!

Once the veins in my neck stop bulging, I file the offending slips of paper in my circular filing cabinet. Those printed on sturdy card stock earn a reprieve and live among the junk mail Matt and I use to scoop up and re-home errant spiders.

Letter to the Editor

Pivotal meeting addresses airplane noise

Today’s airplane noise meeting is a very important one. It is scheduled 7-9 p.m. in the Grant Park Community Center Multipurpose Room, 1575 Holt Ave., Los Altos.

Shortly, potentially within a month, the regional Select Committee will make a recommendation (or not) to the Federal Aviation Administration on how to fix the noise problem.


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