Holiday thumbs: Editorial

Thumbs-up: To the new members of the Los Altos City Council, Los Altos School District and Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District boards, all of whom were recently sworn in after their victories in the Nov. 4 election. New faces include Jean Mordo and Mary Prochnow on the council; Sangeeth Peruri and Vladimir Ivanovic on the elementary school board; and Fiona Walter on the high school board. We’ll continue to benefit from incumbents Tammy Logan (LASD) and Debbie Torok and Joe Mitchner (MVLA) serving another four years.

At the same time, let’s bid a respectful farewell to outgoing councilmembers Val Carpenter and Jarrett Fishpaw, trustees Mark Goines and Doug Smith (LASD), and Judy Hannemann, retiring after more than 30 years on the MVLA board. Thank you all for your service.


Word play: The Villaj Idiut

This sounds like an oxymoron, but I have come to hate the word “like.”


Taking stock: From the Mayor's Desk

Jan Pepper was sworn in as mayor of Los Altos for 2015 at Tuesday’s city council meeting. To contact her, email jpepper@

The election is over and a new council is coming on board. So this is an appropriate time for the Los Altos City Council and our city government as a whole to take stock.

As the incoming mayor, these are the goals and expectations I set for myself:


Letters to the Editor

Parade sure beats Black Friday

I hurried to downtown Los Altos on Black Friday to beat the crowds. At 7 a.m., 10 percent of the parking places were taken. Sunday night, I parked 1 mile from downtown and enjoyed our magnificent parade.

The annual parade has grown immensely in the past 30 years. This peaceful, joyous event marking religious and secular holidays is unbelievable.


OMG! RSVP? (LOL): A Piece of My Mind

Some time back I had occasion to host a small party – not a big deal, just a get-together tea party for a few women I wanted to get to know a little bit better. I sent out email invitations well in advance of the date. After all, this is the 21st century – we don’t use the post office anymore, do we?


Enough with the bus-only lanes: Editorial

It seems that the Valley Transportation Authority is trying to validate its service to our region with its latest master plan to add express bus lanes along El Camino Real.

VTA representatives presented their latest bus-route improvement plans Nov. 20 in Mountain View. The agency proposed Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) routes along a 17.4-mile stretch of the King’s Highway between Palo Alto and San Jose. The BRT routes would be in addition to existing bus service, only this system would be, according to VTA officials, “fast, frequent and reliable.”


Letter to the Editor

New council should review parking decisions

I think the recent Los Altos City Council approval of a license plate reader should be reviewed again now that there are two new councilmembers (“LA City Council approves stricter downtown parking measures,” Nov. 5). To have two lame ducks help stick taxpayers with a $110,000 item of dubious value begs the question: Why are we buying this?

I would be interested to know if there is supposed to be any warning given to offenders on the first overtime ticket, or if the cops will just drive around every few minutes and ring up another offense to generate more income for the city.


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