A Piece of My Mind: To green or not to green?

After four years of drought, our lawn was a patchy mélange of sparse grass, tough weeds, exposed tree roots and bare dirt. We have a corner lot, and even with the rose garden, clothesline and veggie garden along one side, the lawn area still wraps around three sides of our house – a lot of space to replant or reimagine.

In recent months, I had comforted myself that our yard was not yet the ugliest and most neglected-looking on the street, but it was sinking quickly into contention for that title as one-by-one the other practitioners of benign neglect were relandscaping.

Letter to the Editor

Public property should not be up for grabs

As a longtime resident of Los Altos, I would like to respond to the proposal by a local developer for a big new construction project on First Street.

Editorial: LACI plans a downtown opportunity

Members of the Los Altos City Council appear willing to work with developer Los Altos Community Investments (LACI) in its quest to build a three-story office building and convert a portion of a First Street parking plaza into a park with underground parking.

We wholeheartedly endorse both projects.

Other Voices: A history of horses

Los Altos Hills is unique in its commitment to supporting equestrian activities.

The town boasts several larger equestrian facilities, including Westwind Community Barn, which is owned by the town and offers community lessons, boarding, trails and training. There’s also Fremont Hills Stables, Maple Leaf Farm and Rancho de las Reinas, where Kristen Zuraek offers western riding lessons.

Letters to the Editor

Rest in peace, Dr. Hardy Jones

We lost a true Los Altos icon and a man of great warmth, artistic talent, intelligence, love and, definitely (beyond a shadow of a doubt), a positive attitude that was unmatched. Dr. Hardy Jones passed away Dec. 28 with, according to his wife, Jane, a smile on his face, sipping a glass of wine and surrounded by family.

Hardy always had an expression: “Today is a great day.” It was a pleasure beyond all doubt being Hardy’s friend and neighbor for more than 40 years. Every day when I look in my yard and see sculptures of our sawtooth crocodile, our kitty cat and, especially, a sculpture of “Retirement” man done by Hardy for my husband, Bill, upon his retirement, I will always think of Hardy.

Roman holiday: No Shoes, Please

I was in Rome at Christmastime, which included a Wednesday morning during which Pope Francis held his weekly papal audience. Normally, he would be addressing the faithful in St. Peter’s Square, but during the winter months, he conducts himself on stage in a large Vatican auditorium.

An 'Arrival' in Los Altos: Editor's Notebook

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Our brave photographer managed to take this shot of the alien ship at the corner of El Monte Avenue and Springer Road. Surely, its invisible occupants are up to no good.

I had just seen the recent blockbuster film “Arrival,” a story about 12 giant black olives that appear in various parts of the world, hovering just off the ground. The film stars Amy Adams as a linguist who figures out how to communicate with the alien visitors inside the olives.

It was with this in mind that I came across our own “Arrival” in Los Altos: a glowing, white object standing in the otherwise tranquil mini-park at the El Monte Avenue and Springer Road intersection.

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