Green, er, drought-tolerant thumbs: Editorial

Summer is upon us in all its endless sunshine, offering patriotic celebrations of independence, barbecues, vacations and brown lawns. We have our thumbs ready for another round of local news commentary.

Thumbs-up: To Judy Miner, newly named chancellor of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District. Miner, making the transition from president of Foothill College to the chancellor’s office, was the right – and obvious – choice among the four applicants. Based on her stellar track record at Foothill, we’re confident that Miner will guide one of the best community college districts in the state to greater heights.


An ode to nirvana's neighbor: The Villaj Idiut

July. It’s my favorite month.

It’s the month when my family takes our annual vacation to a family camp in the Sierra Nevada, for which we say the first day of it is the best day of the year, and the day we are leaving the worst day of the year. That day, our kids start the 358-day countdown to the next “best day of the year.”


Resident takes issue with Stevens Creek Trail column: Other Voices

Following is a response to Editor Bruce Barton’s “Editor’s Notebook” on the Stevens Creek Trail project (“What’s driving resistance to Stevens Creek Trail?” June 17).


Letters to the Editor

Construction zone is speed trap for motorists

After more than 40 years of citation-free driving, I received a speeding ticket in the construction corridor on Foothill Expressway between Grant Road and the Fremont Avenue off-ramp.

Two motorcycle police officers were ticketing drivers off almost every light change at the Grant Road cross street. You come off of the light and then must immediately merge and potentially miss the 35 mph sign, as I did, that is approximately 1,500 feet from the actual construction corridor.


Letters to the Editor

Fallen Leaf is best route for creek trail

I’m sure that your piece on the Stevens Creek Trail (“What’s driving resistance to Stevens Creek Trail?” June 17) has resulted in a landslide of objections from the vocal residents of Fallen Leaf Lane.

I’m also sure, however, that one reason they are so vocal is that they, like anyone who has studied the alternatives, realize that the route they object to is the clear, best choice for that reach of the trail. So they are hoping, on the squeaky-wheel theory, that they can keep it from being chosen.


The death knell of suburbia: A Piece of My Mind

The orchards are gone. The single-story ranch house is seen as a waste of valuable land and air space. An eight-lane freeway thunders past the bridle paths in Los Altos Hills. But nothing has signaled the death of suburbia more strongly than the announcement last month that Sunset, the “Magazine of Western Living,” is abandoning its rambling, garden-focused headquarters in Menlo Park and relocating to an urban shopping/restaurant hub in Oakland.


No confidence in civic center proposals: Editorial

Few Los Altos issues have become more convoluted than the development of the 18-acre Hillview civic center property. Most agree that the area, as currently configured, needs improvement. But nothing has happened in the nearly 10 years since serious discussions began (other than nearly $900,000 spent on consultant fees).

Plans have gone from grandiose and overblown (a costly and complete overhaul of the 18 acres) to a modest renovation of the existing Hillview Community Center buildings.


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