Editorial : Not this year, but parade will go on

Bad weather led to the first-ever cancellation of the downtown Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade Dec. 1.

Obviously, everyone’s disappointed, from the parade organizers to the thousands of young children who were looking forward to their storybook characters coming to life.


Editorial: Put a time limit on this council

Congratulations are in order for Jan Pepper, now beginning her second one-year stint as Los Altos mayor. Pepper previously served as mayor in 2015.

She will now preside over a city council that is well intentioned but could stand to improve its efficiency. Meetings have been dragging on and on. We have a suggestion.

Editorial: TC thumb-ers in the summer

Summer 2019 is here, and, of course, we’re all thumbs.

• Thumbs-up: To the actual start of work on a new Hillview Communty Center. Demolition and construction will soon begin on a 24,500-square-foot, $34.7 million center to replace old, run-down facilities that formerly housed an elementary school many years ago. Estimated time for completion is December 2020. After decades of talking about it, Los Altos is finally getting something done.

Editorial: Why all the vitriol?

One of the many benefits of our great democracy is our right to question authority. And we appreciate those who take advantage of this right to air concerns with the purpose of exposing wrongdoing. We aim to do so ourselves.

But at what point does valid criticism become something else? When do questions turn into unfounded accusations?

Editorial: Bombshell deal just might work

Last week’s surprising announcement of a major facilities deal between Bullis Charter School and the Los Altos School District has far-reaching implications, to say the least.

If the boards of both entities agree to the proposal, Bullis Charter School would get the Egan Junior High campus and most of its 18 acres, beginning as early as 2023, and operate under an enrollment cap of just over 1,100 students. Egan would occupy the new 10th-site campus in the San Antonio neighborhood of Mountain View.

Editorial: Assessing the festival 40 years later

The 40th anniversary of the Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival, scheduled this weekend, gives us an opportunity to weigh its impact on downtown Los Altos.

Decades later, the festival remains Los Altos’ most popular event. Each year, we gather to celebrate sunny summertimes and enjoy a weekend escape.

Editorial: Ship has sailed on Hillview plan

After decades of talk, the city of Los Altos is on track to rebuild its dilapidated Hillview Community Center. Well, maybe not.

It seems at least three members on the five-member Los Altos City Council are not satisfied with the current design and footprint, which they contend is too small and too costly. Mayor Lynette Lee Eng thinks the city can get a better “bang for our buck.”


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