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Peek into the Past


Sgt. Egbert Alexander Jr. poses in front of his family’s home at 142 Los Altos Ave. in 1917. The 21-year-old was among the 2.8 million young men drafted into the Armed Forces after the U.S. entered World War I in the spring of 1917. Alexander survived the war and returned to live with his parents before launching a career at the San Francisco Board of Trade. Ultimately, more than 4 million U.S. soldiers and sailors would be mobilized for the fight, with approximately 300,000 casualties (wounded or dead) reported.

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Los Altos group responds to councilman's claims: Other Voices

The Friends of Los Altos (FOLA) Board of Directors thanks Los Altos City Councilman Jean Mordo for his community service, and for taking time to read and comment on our articles.

FOLA was created to ensure that issues of critical importance and long-lasting impact reflect the values of Los Altos residents. We pointed out last June that there are two parking problems downtown. The first is the one everyone knows – getting a parking spot at certain times of day. The second is one few know about: downtown property owners, particularly along Main and State streets, cannot add a second (or third) story because they can’t provide additional parking. The rub is that these interests often conflict.

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Yes, whose parking problem are we trying to solve?: Other Voices

The Friends of Los Altos (FOLA) organization has issued an email criticizing the City-Wide Parking Committee, claiming that the purpose of the committee was to benefit developers rather than solve parking issues. Because as a city councilman and co-chairman of the committee I made a number of comments on the composition of the committee and on the nature of its recommendations, I would like to respond to FOLA’s assertions.

While this organization deserves zero credibility because it is led by a group of prior councilmembers (Ron Packard, David Casas and Val Carpenter) anxious to retain influence, I would like to correct the erroneous statements made by FOLA.

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Letters to the Editor

Measure A: Now what?

I was on the Yes for Measure A team and we made over 10,000 phone calls starting in August to reach voters in Los Altos and tell them about the community center project.

We got a lot of feedback and I compiled it into a list of the top 5 reasons to vote for or against the measure.

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Peek into the Past


This photograph shows the Class of 1931 on the front steps of Mountain View High School. Principal “Captain” Brunton is seated behind the back row. Mountain View High was founded in 1902 at the corner of El Camino Real and Calderon Avenue. The school served students from Mountain View and the unincorporated areas that would later become part of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills. In 1922, a new, expanded campus was built on Castro Street. The young woman second from right in the front row is Phyllis Steffan (Windeler). Her father, Jacob Steffan, was a dentist. The family lived on the corner of Pepper Drive and San Antonio Road.

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The plight of the trees: A Piece of My Mind

The combination of age and water conservation measures is taking its toll all around my neighborhood. There are dead and dying trees on every street.

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Letters to the Editor

VTA bus-lane plan features ‘flaws’

The Valley Transportation Authority’s commissioned study of traffic impact on El Camino Real for dedicated bus lanes has several flaws.

Bias in favor of the project was built in because VTA put up the money to commission the study and presented it piecemeal to the various cities along the proposed route following a divide-and-conquer strategy.

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