Fri05222015

More open than ever: Editorial

One of the Los Altos City Council’s objectives for 2015 is implementing an open-government policy. The title of the policy may be somewhat misleading, because it’s not as if the city has had a closed-government policy. But the new proposal goes beyond the minimum requirements set by the Ralph M. Brown Act, the state’s open-meetings law, to broaden the city’s overall transparency and openness.

The policy’s impact is two-fold: maintain an open-government page on the city’s website, including a brief description of the Brown Act; and post council agendas on the website with longer public notice, in this case, eight calendar days before the actual meeting.

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Enchanté and 'Je Suis Charlie': Editor's Notebook

When it opens in a matter of weeks, Abby Ahrens’ Enchanté Boutique Hotel will mark the first hotel in the history of downtown Los Altos.

It seems elegant, fun and whimsical. Visitors are sure to enjoy their stays.

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Looking forward in 2015: Editorial

Why all the hooting and hollering, the champagne-glass clinks, the assembled crowds just to join in a countdown to the new year? Are we celebrating another year older and wiser or joyfully distracting ourselves from reminders of our mortality?

The real reason for celebrating is hope. Starting a new year means wiping the slate clean and mapping plans for a better life ahead. We look forward to good things happening.

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The finishing touch: Haugh About That?

Examining my reflection in the full-length mirror, I carefully added a few finishing touches. First, the crystal, dangling earrings and cocktail ring; next, a gardenia-encrusted bonnet, beaded handbag, crimson red lipstick and blue eye shadow. Last came the pièce de résistance – a gray faux mink wrap and 2-inch plastic high heels. Even at 4 years old, I understood that an outfit wasn’t complete without the right accessories.

As the granddaughter of a silent-movie actress, being ready for your close-up was ingrained in my psyche from birth. Neither my grandmother nor my mother ever left the house without being completely dolled up and fluffed. Whether it was to the grocery store or a lavish party, they constantly looked like they stepped out of the pages of Vogue magazine.

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Let's be green: From the Mayor's Desk

In Gov. Jerry Brown’s second inaugural address Jan. 5, he proposed three ambitious environmental goals for the next 15 years: increase from one-third to 50 percent the electricity derived from renewable sources; reduce today’s petroleum use in cars and trucks by up to 50 percent; and double the efficiency of existing buildings and make heating fuels cleaner.

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Letters to the Editor

Note: The following two letters are from losaltosonline.com.

Looking forward to new hotel

(Regarding “Downtown hotel to host open house,” Jan. 14): I am so thrilled to see the beautiful (Enchanté) hotel come to completion. I absolutely love it and will enjoy walking by often ... and maybe even spend a night in the hotel.

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Bedridden: The Villaj Idiut

Every year, it’s difficult to shop for a Christmas present for my wife.

It’s not her fault. It’s mine.

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