Great theater: The Villaj Idiut

I love getting my car washed.

Not because I necessarily like having a clean car. More so because I just like going to the car wash.


Coffee with cops? We'll drink to that: Editorial

The recent “Coffee with a Cop” event proved a good public relations move for the Los Altos Police Department. It also provided a great opportunity for residents to ask questions and converse with several officers, including the police chief, in an informal setting. The gathering was long overdue and well attended – approximately 80 residents showed up to the May 19 event at Main Street Cafe & Books.

The timing of such an event is not coincidental. Police departments across the nation have been under heavy criticism over high-profile incidents in Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore, among other cities, that paint cops as overzealous enforcers whose violent handling of arrests has resulted in injustice and death. That these deaths happen to involve young black men has further spurred cries of racism and racial profiling.


Letters to the Editor

No school-site discussion, no support for civic center

Seriously, Los Altos City Council? You agree to look at shared-use public land with the Los Altos School District but take the one property off the table where there may be a mutually beneficial design and funding?

Wouldn’t a fiscally responsible elected official look to explore joint use of site and funds?


Rancho San Antonio threatened, but who cares?: Other Voices

People who enjoy Rancho San Antonio County Park better start paying attention, because the Santa Clara Valley Water District is preparing to clear-cut 100 trees and dig a useless flood basin there. This project is a colossal fraud. That it has progressed to this stage, in this educated community, is a sad commentary on our ability to hold our government agencies in check. Not every person can analyze every controversy, but our community organizations should report on important topics of interest to their members.

Neither the Committee for Green Foothills nor GreenTown Los Altos has voiced objections to the Rancho San Antonio project. I think their members should be told why. A Green Foothills spokesman stated that the organization does not concern itself with how the park will be altered as long as it remains open space. Does this reflect the view of the membership or just one official?


Giving the thumb to what's done: Editorial

In the wake of recent Los Altos-area news events, we’re all thumbs.

Thumbs-down: To the Los Altos City Council’s decision to put the Walter Singer bust in storage. This is wrong on so many levels – even worse than the initial council decision to transfer the bust to the grounds of the Los Altos History Museum.


Drought intolerance: A Piece of My Mind

Four years into it, and almost everyone but the Santa Clara Valley Water District is admitting that our drought is a reality that won’t go away. (Hello-o-o, SCVWD? Still insist on building those catch basins in Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve and McKelvey Park for flood protection?)


For someone, it is a nightmare: No Shoes, Please

Last month, on a cold and rainy day in Japan, I was waiting for a train to carry me on a tedious but necessary errand. Glancing around, I noticed a piece of luggage – a black, vinyl bag decorated with pastel-pink teddy bears and delicate cursive writing; you easily could have mistaken it for a large diaper bag catering to a baby girl. The writing was difficult to decipher because the letters were tiny, and the script was fine and lacy. But eventually, I made it out. It read, “For someone, it is a nightmare.”


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