Letters to the Editor

Ad-plane flyover marred festival

I hope that other residents who share my concern that the Geico plane flying low over the Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival and our homes for hours on end marred the “fun for everyone” that the Town Crier’s cover article predicted will write to Geico to share their opinions.

I also hope that we as a city and a community can nip this noisy intrusion in the bud somehow. In my memory of 32 years living close to downtown in this peaceful community, this is the first time that this totally unnecessary festival-related noise pollution has occurred.


Eat, drink and be merry

I come from a long line of teetotalers: No one in my entire extended family drinks. I’m not bragging, I’m just stating what’s true. As a result, I don’t personally associate alcohol with parties or socializing. Any occasion my family celebrates is completely liquor-free, including champagne toasts at weddings, during which people hold their glasses up and then promptly put them down without even grazing their lips.


Fleeting tastes: A cautionary tale of public art: Other Voices

There is a sad little strip of asphalt just off El Camino Real in Burlingame, upon which sits a magnificent statue in bronze of a uniformed gentleman on a horse. Nestled between a strip mall and a gas station, the statue is without a label. It appears to be of early-20th-century origin, but so far I’ve not been able to properly identify it. Clearly, some civic body once went to a lot of trouble to have this piece of public art created and installed. With the passage of time and changing taste, this tribute in public art to a long-ago hero has been largely forgotten on the Peninsula.

It is a reminder, if we needed one, of the short half-life of tastes in public art – especially problematic in a region where things change as quickly as they do in California.


Arts & Wine redux

“Are you going to the Arts & Wine Festival?” a friend asked.


Letters to the Editor

Plan aims to retain longtime businesses

Having just passed by Maltby’s restaurant, I was reminded of the difficulties and the Sword of Damocles that hangs over retailers and restaurateurs in our small downtown.

Fueled by our wonderful but outlandish real estate values, when their buildings change hands, merchants face the terror of outrageous rent increases and lapsing leases that put their future in Los Altos in peril – as it has with Maltby’s, which seems to be hanging by a thread. Some years ago, this predicament took out good old Mac’s Tea Room, and there is the same threat hovering over each retailer in town.


Like me: Haugh About That?

Growing up surrounded by highly explosive XY chromosomes, the expectation was clear from an early age: learn sports, play sports, love sports – or die. I chose to live.

As a child, if I wanted a playmate, I had to become one with stinky socks, sweat and male activities. Not only did I live with three brothers, but the entire neighborhood was dominated by the male beast.


Green, er, drought-tolerant thumbs: Editorial

Summer is upon us in all its endless sunshine, offering patriotic celebrations of independence, barbecues, vacations and brown lawns. We have our thumbs ready for another round of local news commentary.

Thumbs-up: To Judy Miner, newly named chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District. Miner, making the transition from president of Foothill College to the chancellor’s office, was the right – and obvious – choice among the four applicants. Based on her stellar track record at Foothill, we’re confident that Miner will guide one of the best community college districts in the state to greater heights.


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