A Piece of My Mind: Things have changed

Things change. Get over it.


From the Mayor’s Desk: Sharing the good housing news

How about some good news? I am happy to report that at our Oct. 27 Los Altos City Council meeting, the council unanimously voted to move forward with a memorandum of understanding with Santa Clara County to build 90 units of all-affordable rental housing at 330 Distel Drive, near the El Camino Real corridor. The council agreed that 5% of these units would be reserved for extremely low-income households, 50% for very-low-income households and 45% for low-income households.

A Piece of My Mind: The productivity trap – are those working from home being exploited?

In an article by David Gelles in the June 23 New York Times exploring whether productivity increased during lockdown as people work from home, a number of workers and managers stated that productivity was actually up.

Silicon Folly: ‘Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?’

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Courtesy of Andy Dolich
The downtown Los Altos clock at Main and State streets may not be a reliable source for getting the correct time.

As I was walking down the street one day
(Main Street in Los Altos)

Silicon Folly: Flying in the face of COVID-19

You may remember my grandfather, Jonathan Livingston Seagull. He was a worldwide literary phenomenon in the early 1970s. He and my grandmother settled down in Berkeley to join the “Free Fly Movement,” which was all the rage in the skies above the Cal campus.

Silicon Folly: COVID choreography

During a recent stroll into and around town, it hit me: I was seeing an entirely new form of dance being created right in front of my mask. The brilliance of Twyla Tharp, James Brown, Michael Jackson, Alvin Ailey, Fred Astaire and Dancing Penguins popped into my mind.

From the Mayor's Desk: Let’s be a leader for a clean, sustainable energy future

When we marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day last April, I asked: What if we harnessed the same level of dedication that we are using to battle the COVID-19 pandemic to combat climate change?


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