Letters to the Editor

Owners of Boardwalk offer thanks

It is with great sorrow that my family announces the closing of our longtime restaurant The Boardwalk on El Camino Real in Los Altos.

Thirty-eight years ago my husband Bernie Tougas and I opened The Boardwalk restaurant as a burger and hot-sandwich eatery for the community to enjoy great food, relax with friends, bring the kids after their ball games, play pinball, grab lunch during the week and watch a favorite sports team with a group of like-minded fans.


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Residents receive solid return on investment

In a recent advertisement in the Town Crier (May 28), a local group questioned what Los Altos School District residents receive in return for the taxes they pay. Because local voters approved these taxes, it is a fair question.

The simple answer is that the district delivers a first-rate educational program. It performs extremely well, and your children perform well in our schools, in high school and in college.


Northern California is not Silicon Valley: A Piece of My Mind

Recently, I visited friends in a small town in Northern California. Not “Northern California = San Francisco as opposed to Los Angeles” but “Northern California = North of Santa Rosa as opposed to San Francisco.” It was a revelation.

North of Santa Rosa, the hills are covered with vineyards or redwood forests, not housing developments.


The joys of debate: Other Voices

By James Naumovski

“How do I get out of here?” was my only thought as I contacted my brother, my confidant, to devise a new ploy to escape debate camp. “Mom is a sucker for health. I’ll just tell her that the food is really unhealthy and all junk food – she’ll let me come home!”

I dropped hints about the bad food. With each phone call, I came closer to my goal. It worked, but Mom asked me to hang in until the weekend. As the week crept by, I kept thinking, “Now’s my chance.” But I never took it.


Al the barber's retirement marks end of an era: Other Voices

I was personally disappointed at the minimal coverage the Town Crier gave to Al Galedrige’s retirement (“Al the barber bids farewell,” April 9). While Al may prefer it that way, I must disrespectfully provide some commentary on his truly historical Los Altos barber shop.

My first encounter with Al’s Barber Shop was in the early 1970s after my discharge from the Marines. I was experiencing a little culture shock, as every barber I tried wanted to “style” my hair and required that I make an appointment. Thankfully, I discovered Main Street in downtown Los Altos. As I entered Al’s, I heard him on the phone explaining, “I don’t take appointments. You need to come down, take a seat and wait your turn.” It only got better when I sat down, noticing some less-than-appropriate magazines at the back of the shop and the continuous banter among Al, his partner Louis Piro and their customers. I had found my barber shop.


Photographs as memories: Haugh About That?

Staring at the face tagged on my Facebook page, I bolted out of the chair like a missile exploding from an abandoned silo. I ran straight for the bathroom mirror, praying that it wasn’t so. Pulling back the folds and wrinkles that had somehow magically appeared overnight, I shrieked, horrified, “When did you become a crone?”


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Message to LASD trustees differs

I would like to join the nonprofit group Each Student Counts, recently formed by advocates of Bullis Charter School, in urging Los Altos School District taxpayers to contact district trustees. However, the message I recommend that taxpayers convey is appreciation for the responsible stewardship the trustees have over our taxpayer dollars, including parcel-tax funds. If you investigate a little, you will find that the district has a higher API score than four of the five districts mentioned in the charter school group’s ad (Town Crier, May 28) and spends less per pupil than three out of the five. That is a record to be proud of.

I am puzzled by the question posed in the charter school’s ad: “Why Do LASD Taxpayers Pay More?” I spent about five minutes doing a little research and math to answer this question. The answer is so that we can maintain the highest-quality education in the state despite receiving less money per pupil from the state than many districts. The real question to me is why the charter school advocate group couldn’t answer this question for themselves. Their focus on comparing parcel taxes is incomplete and very misleading.


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