Los Altos should celebrate its history: Other Voices

Several weeks ago I was delighted to open the Los Altos Town Crier and see a 1915 photograph of my grandfather, Claude Cyrus Taylor, and my great-grandfather, Charles Hammill, amid their orchards on Pine Lane.

I was struck by the irony of the controversy surrounding the temporary pop-up park and my grandfather’s lasting legacy building quality homes of permanence that I still pass by every day. This was work he did as our region began to change from agricultural to residential.

Trump vs. Oprah: No Shoes, Please

The scroll at the bottom of the screen read, “Oprah hints at 2020 presidential bid.” I later saw a snippet of a Bloomberg interview in which Winfrey was asked about her aspirations to political office in light of President Trump’s election. She stated, “I never considered the question even a possibility.”

But she went on to say, “I thought, ‘Oh, gee, I don’t have the experience, I don’t know enough.’ And now I’m thinking, ‘Oh.’” She elongated the ‘o’ sound in “oh,” as if she were in the midst of one of her famous “a-ha moments.”

Missing out: Haugh About That?

Sitting across from my girlfriend at Starbucks, I had an overwhelming feeling that something was not quite right, a stirring deep within as if a mean girl were taunting, “I know something you don’t!”

As my friend discussed the latest about her family, I realized that I’d become vacant.

Letters to the Editor

Community center needs careful planning

We think Los Altos is a phenomenal small town. We are excited to live, work and raise our families here. This is why we recommend that the Los Altos City Council get the priorities, and the execution of those priorities, right when it comes to the future of our community centers.

Following best practices, including looking at how other similar communities have designed and built their community centers, should be integral. Engaging an urban planner before an architect makes more sense than jumping into building design. Planning Grant Park, alongside Hillview, ensures that all residents will have access to social and recreational resources in Los Altos.

Letters to the Editor

Did LAPD deprive woman of due process?

The elder abuse report I filed May 22, 2015, with the Los Altos Police Department on behalf of my elderly mother (a resident of the Los Altos Sub-Acute and Rehabilitation Center), has not received due process referral to the Santa Clara County District Attorney. The report, which the LAPD took during a lengthy recorded interview with me, has evidently been arbitrarily dismissed, having not received judicial consideration to date.

A subsequent elder abuse report taken by the LAPD at the sub-acute facility May 24, 2015, as well as photos of my mother’s bruised body, has also not made it to the DA.

Other Voices: SVCEA and greenhouse gas emissions


The Silicon Valley Clean Energy Authority (SVCEA) will switch all Los Altos customers from PG&E unless those customers actively opt out of this change.

Ashes to ashes to ashes: The Villaj Idiut

I always thought I’d want to be cremated when I die.

It was sort of a romantic notion, really, the idea of a part of me lying in the sand at Carmel listening to beach music permanently, or floating around the Chesapeake Bay and reliving my childhood when I worked on crab boats on the crests of waves around Thomas Point Lighthouse.

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