Thumbs-up, thumbs-down : Editorial

In the wake of recent Los Altos news, we’re all thumbs.

Thumbs-up: To the city of Los Altos, which is off to a good start in communicating news about its San Antonio Road streetscape project. We’re receiving regular updates on progress for the project, which began two weeks ago. As for the project itself, we’re in wait-and-see mode. For more information on the project and its progress, visit or

Thumbs-up: To the Los Altos City Council, for moving forward on a proposed ordinance to ban single-use plastic bags. Although acknowledging a “cost-of-doing-business” factor that does place a burden on retailers, all Peninsula and South Bay cities will eventually enact such a ban, so the playing field will be even. The worries about residents going to Palo Alto or, more specifically, Stanford Shopping Center, as a result of the bag ban are downright silly. We’d like to think there’s other motivation at play than plastic bags.

Thumbs-up: To William Yee, our friend and neighbor across the street and owner of Beauséjour Restaurant. After 26 years, Yee is closing his doors. We salute him for the excellent food and gracious hospitality he brought to Los Altos over the years. While we’re a little melancholy over the loss of this unique restaurant, we are encouraged that Yee may resurface here with a new eatery, perhaps a bistro. And there’s the anticipation over what Passerelle Investment Co., owner of 170 State St., plans to do with the property. We understand an announcement is due soon.

Thumbs-down: To the still-active naysayers on both sides of the Los Altos School District-Bullis Charter School facilities debate, who use the cloak of online anonymity to name-call and vilify each other. Such discourse only hampers attempts by reasonable people in both camps to reach compromise solutions. If you are among these contributors, please think twice about forwarding such comments. The negative attacks are hurtful and completely nonproductive. Meanwhile ...

Thumbs-up: To Los Altos United Methodist Church, for providing forums at which people embroiled in the schools controversy can discuss the issue with civility.

And a special thumbs-up: To Mona Armistead, our 2012 Los Altan of the Year, who is scheduled to be honored at a big bash Friday night. We frequently heard from those whose lives she touched: “You couldn’t have selected a better person.” We agree.

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