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It's still about the water: A Piece of My Mind

My husband and I took a road trip a few weeks ago, driving from Los Altos down to Bakersfield on Interstate 5 and then east to Sedona, Ariz., returning via Bakersfield and then up Highway 101.

As far as the Pacheco Pass, the landscape was lyrically green with oaks and buckeyes sporting fresh foliage, and wildflowers filling the crevices between the hills with streams of yellow mustard, buttercups and golden poppies. Rock outcroppings were wreathed in ribbons of late-rising fog like the karst peaks in traditional Chinese landscapes.

Letters to the Editor

LAH history should be documented

I am writing to express an alternative view to that presented in the article regarding the proposed expenditure by Los Altos Hills to expand the anthology that was begun for the town’s 60th anniversary celebration (“Hills anthology project proceeds, but with hurdles,” April 27).

While every town I know of in our area has had its history recorded in one fashion or another, it has taken Los Altos Hills a very long time to recognize the importance of its history. Because of this, we have lost opportunities to interview key people in the history of the town like Artemas Ginzton, Arthur Lachenbruch, Irma Goldsmith, Rex Gardiner and many others who were there at the beginning and shaped the town’s character.

Letters to the Editor

Reader offers traffic solutions

I am writing regarding two traffic articles from the April 13 edition.

•┬áCity of Los Altos (“Roadway cut-through, safety projects en route to completion”): So the city of Los Altos is going to spend money to do another speed-zone survey. Why bother? They won’t raise any speed limits, as the past surveys have suggested. Once again they ignore the facts presented.

Los Altos at a leadership crossroads: Editorial

Don’t look now, but there could be some major changes ahead regarding how the Los Altos city government is run.

The current city council has the opportunity to hire a new city manager in the wake of Marcia Somers’ recent resignation. Furthermore, three open seats on the five-seat council are up for grabs in the Nov. 8 General Election. Voters can opt for a new council majority that may translate to new leadership and direction at city hall.

Out of the mouths of babes: Haugh About That?

Drowning my sorrows in a stiff glass of Cabernet, I sat alone in the dark late one evening and moaned, “God, what am I doing wrong?”

After seven years of coaching both fall and spring league, you’d think I’d have the softball gig down, but that was not the case. In 1992, I was given the task of herding a group of 7- to 9-year-old kittens that couldn’t catch a fly ball or connect with the bat. We weren’t just bad, we stank, and I’d lost all confidence in my ability to run the team.

Spoken English: No Shoes, Please

Cathy and I come from similar backgrounds. Our families are close, and our mothers remain confidantes to this day. I hadn’t seen her in a very long time, but recently, in the space of six weeks, we’ve attended the same two funerals.

At funeral No. 2, my sister and I walked with Cathy to the parking lot, followed by an entourage of our Japanese elders: my mother, Cathy’s mother and Cathy’s aunt and uncle. As per usual, one group chatted amiably among themselves entirely in Japanese, the other group entirely in English. Periodically, we would crosstalk in our respective native tongues, but for the most part we stayed in our linguistic, generational lanes.

The fight for stricter air emission requirements: Other Voices

It appears that many Los Altos voters received a letter April 7 from the group Bay Area Refinery Workers. In the letter, it says, “We hope that Los Altos City Councilmember Jan Pepper will consider us before making decisions that impact our livelihoods.”

Because I am specifically named in the letter, I would like to provide some context and a response to the residents of Los Altos.

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