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.


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.


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:


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.


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.


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