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Airplane noise select committee faces moral conundrum: Other Voices

Quiet Skies Mid-Peninsula is a coalition of 10 advocacy groups, including representation from Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, created to establish a collective voice regarding airplane noise.

All across the nation, communities are experiencing unparalleled noise problems as a result of the Federal Aviation Administration’s implementation of NextGen technology. Unique to our area is that U.S. Reps. Anna Eshoo, Sam Farr and Jackie Speier established a task force, the Select Committee on South Bay Arrivals. The committee held three public forums and two technical meetings.

Letters to the Editor

Finding options to save Maltby’s

We noted in the July 20 Town Crier that the sword of Damocles again hangs over Maltby’s Public House restaurant.

As we have been regular customers there for years – as have many others in town – we are wondering whether a solution could be found.

Letters to the Editor

Where’s the plan for district land?

Where is the plan? As a member of the Facilities Master Plan Advisory Committee, we were mandated to help create the best plan and garner community support. The committee was shut down before a plan was created.

I request that the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees direct staff and consultants to develop the best plan, one that solely uses existing land to house 10 school sites. The plan should be made available to the public, including voters, taxpayers and the community, once developed. If there is too much work for staff to do, then I suggest that you reconvene the committee. After all, the committee already asked to explore all options and to continue discussions while removing all the artificial constraints, specifically relocating a district school, district offices or private preschool.

Game-changers: No Shoes, Please

I like to call them “game-changers” – those small but not insignificant instruments of grace and mercy that make life more manageable and comfortable. The obvious ones are things like reading glasses, a DVR and no-boil lasagna noodles. Others have proven to be of equal benefit, but at the time of purchase, I didn’t know they’d be such standouts.

Take, for example, my new microwave oven cleaning product, Angry Mama. She’s a plastic doll with fierce orange hair, a disapproving mouth and both fists sitting on her hips, which transforms her arms into angular, censorious handles. After you pour water and vinegar into her head, she takes a wrathful spin around your oven for seven minutes on high, softening and loosening any crud glued onto the interior surfaces of the microwave.

Appropriate name change for plaza

The Los Altos City Council did the right thing, albeit with a 3-2 vote, in electing to add the word “Veterans” to the downtown Community Plaza at Main and State streets.

The July 12 action caps a successful campaign, led by the Rotary Club of Los Altos, to rename the small plaza in honor of local veterans who served through the generations, from World War II to Afghanistan. Some died protecting our freedoms. Those who remain will surely feel appreciation for the citywide recognition.

'A house divided against itself cannot stand': Other Voices


Like you, our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those killed or wounded in the shootings in Dallas, Minneapolis and Baton Rouge. I’m sure that you share my hope that the tension that has gripped so many cities will begin to subside as citizens work to better understand and empathize with their neighbors.

Children of affluent abusers: Other Voices

Following is the third in a three-part series on domestic violence.

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