Women warriors: No Shoes, Please

“It’s politically incorrect for a lady to address a gentleman on her knees,” replied Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov when asked by a female reporter about Moscow’s controversial airstrikes in Syria that began late last month. Before anyone could react, a stunned and abashed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry – who had been standing next to Lavrov – put up both hands as if to ward off blows from the audience of reporters in the room, then both men immediately exited.

I had intended to write on a different topic before I saw the video clip of this astounding display of sexism and disrespect. How is it that a high-ranking, well-educated representative of a modern country addresses in such a condescending (maybe even vulgar) manner any woman in a professional setting – one in which she is asking a legitimate question at an appropriate time?


The air we breathe: From the Mayor's Desk

As city councilmembers, not only do we focus on Los Altos, we also represent Los Altos by serving on the boards of regional organizations. For the past three years, I’ve been privileged to serve on the board of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), the regulatory agency that protects our air.


Letters to the Editor

Measure A: ‘Lopsided’ defeat sends message

The failure of Measure A does not mean that the voters are against an improved Hillview Community Center. A less-ambitious project would pass easily – the deteriorating facilities need refurbishing.

I voted “no” because it was a way to express frustration at the continued over-the-top development of our town that is causing such disgruntlement among many longtime residents.


Letters to the Editor

Voters deserve facts, not marketing gimmicks

I just got something in the mail from the city that has me wondering, once again, what the heck is going on at city hall.

It was a beautifully produced, slickly laid-out, 15-page “City of Los Altos Annual Report.” I’ll bet it cost me, the taxpayer, a packet of money.


Just fine: Haugh about that?

Staring at the senseless symbols cluttering my already cloudy understanding, I lowered my face onto the hardbound book and did what any highly hormonal, PMS-ing 16-year-old would do: I wailed hysterically.

“When in the hell will I ever use this stuff?” I blubbered, chucking the algebra book across the room.


Measure A: Now what?

Measure A has failed by a supermajority. So what do we do now?

The Hillview Community Center complex is obsolete and needs upgrading. Does the vote mean that voters do not care about having a civic center? I do not believe so. The coalition of No on A comprises diverse groups with different motivations. The only way to move forward is to address the valid concerns of each group to the extent we can.


Over the rainbow: The Villaj Idiut

I know of a girl.

She’s 13 years old.


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