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:


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?


Housing 'affordable' in name only: Editorial

“Spate of affordable housing coming soon to Los Altos” read a front-page headline in last week’s Town Crier. Hmm. Perhaps we were overstating the case.

“Affordable” is a relative term. By the rest of the nation’s standards, the entire Bay Area is unaffordable. And Los Altos is the least affordable city in the Bay Area. A recently released Coldwell Banker report revealed that Los Altos is the most expensive market in the nation – compared with similar homes in 2,000 markets across the U.S. Seven other Bay Area cities round out the top 10.


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.


Thanksgiving on Lanai: No Shoes, Please

I was in Hawaii a couple of weeks ago and visited Lanai, a small island of roughly 3,000 inhabitants. It was famously purchased in 2012 by Oracle Corp.’s co-founder and chairman, Larry Ellison, who now owns 98 percent of it. The other 2 percent is owned by the state of Hawaii, and that’s where everyone else lives and works.


Serving those who served us: Editorial

“Thank you for your service” often comes across as lip service to our veterans. As always, actions speak louder than words.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos has taken plenty of action, contributing time and money to improve opportunities for veterans through the Veterans Resource Center at Foothill College. Young vets are getting a new start in civilian life, thanks to the work of the center.


Letters to the Editor

Foothill thanks Rotary for support for vets

The Foothill College Veterans Resource Center’s open house Oct. 30 was spectacularly successful, thanks to the spirit and dedication of the Rotary Club of Los Altos.

Foothill College cares deeply for our veterans and could not provide the range and quality of services we do without the generosity of Rotarians and the Los Altos community. Their contributions have provided book vouchers, smartpens, laptops for loan and scholarships that have often been the tipping point for veterans remaining in school and successfully completing their educational objectives.


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