Assisted living

I was out grocery shopping the other day and saw a young boy – maybe 10 or 11 years old – almost literally with his nose in a book.


Council not enchanted with decision: Editorial

Not so fast! That seemed to be the Los Altos City Council’s message to Enchanté Boutique Hotel owner Abigail Ahrens last week after the city’s Planning and Transportation Commission (PTC) had the week before unanimously approved use of the hotel’s outdoor plaza for serving customers.

Mayor Jan Pepper and Councilmember Megan Satterlee have appealed the PTC’s Aug. 6 decision. “I called it up to review the changes made by the PTC to the staff recommendation,” Satterlee wrote in an email to the Town Crier Friday. The council is scheduled to discuss the hotel’s plaza use Tuesday.


Letter to the Editor

Merchants ignore order to fly flags at half-staff

I hope that I am one of many Los Altos residents who are both disappointed and embarrassed that we had zero merchants flying our flag at half-staff, choosing not to follow President Barack Obama’s proclamation to fly the flag at half-staff after the recent shootings and murder of our servicemen in Chattanooga, Tenn.

First I noticed that our post office chose not to comply, the excuse being that the wind would wrap the flag around the pole.


An ominous anniversary: Editor's Notebook

This month marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. For many Americans, it was a cause for mass celebration. It was an overwhelming relief for a country physically and emotionally exhausted from the worst war the world has ever known.

The war ended 70 years ago for Japan as well. But while American sailors were kissing strangers in Times Square, the Japanese were combing through the debris of their cities in the wake of mass devastation – destruction the U.S. was fortunate to avoid on its own soil. The firebombing of Tokyo was horribly catastrophic, but it was what happened in Hiroshima and Nagasaki that gave the word “ominous” new meaning.


Lesson learned from Cal Water scare?: Editorial

First the good news: The July 26 notice from California Water Service Co. officials about possible E. coli and total coliform contamination, was, upon reflection, a nonstarter as far as emergencies go. Subsequent tests revealed no E. coli in the water supply, and the total coliform contamination was limited to one fire hydrant. Beyond a few cases of diarrhea, we heard of no serious illnesses among the 900-plus Los Altos residents in the affected South El Monte Avenue area.

Now the bad news: Cal Water communications snafus in notifiying residents proved the bigger cause for concern. The water-main break that prompted the problem occurred July 24. Test results and notification happened nearly two days later. Many residents were notified too late about the need to boil water or not use it at all. Had the contamination been more lethal and widespread, the outcome could have been nothing short of a disaster.


Always a mother: Haugh About That?

“Remember, drive slowly. There are little kids living in the neighborhood.”


Cookie monster: The Villaj Idiut

I called Chef Chu’s the other day and ordered, very precisely, the Chef Chu’s World-Famous Chinese Chicken Salad because, well, I wasn’t sure that they would know what to do over there if I had ordered the Locally Known Plain Chicken Salad.


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