Editorial: Let's stay positive for now

Being a city council member isn’t for the timid. Departing Los Altos Councilman Jean Mordo put it best a few weeks back as he left the dais: You’re a hero or a wretch, depending on how you vote on a particular issue.

Newly elected councilwomen Anita Enander and Neysa Fligor will find out soon. Newly appointed Mayor Lynette Lee Eng is well aware, having served nearly two years. But, as mayor, she will be under increased scrutiny as the face of Los Altos in the eyes of the media and surrounding communities. She will need to exercise decorum and diplomacy in her new role.

Letters to the Editor - Week of Dec. 19

Poor lighting poses public-safety danger

In October, I took a walk in the early evening in our neighborhood. As I ventured through the darkened streets onto Parma Avenue, my right foot landed in a pothole (or uneven pavement surface – it was too dark to see), snapped, and I landed on my left side on the street. Lying in excruciating pain on the concrete in total darkness, I prayed no car would come in my direction. Luckily, I had my phone with me and managed to call my husband.

That night, I fractured my right ankle and injured my left elbow, hip and knee. I have been homebound for the last eight weeks, unable to drive, go to work, pick up my children or do any housework, including cooking. If it were not for the incredibly supportive network of friends and family that stepped in, it is unclear how we would have managed.

Life in the Hills: More than just books

A few weeks ago, I attended a wonderful luncheon for Narrative Magazine, an online literary magazine, organized by Los Altos resident Katie Dickson. From the opening comments on how the world of books came alive for Katie when she read “Harriet the Spy” and identified with “the intrepid, curious, young detective” to Narrative’s high school award-winner explaining how her grandmother wove stories while cooking for the family with her “gnarled hands” and Executive Director Carol Edgarian interviewing author Susan Orleans, who wrote “The Orchid Thief” and “The Library Book,” I sat on the edge of my seat.

For I have had my nose in a book from the time I could remember. Listening to Orleans describe her love affair with her local library growing up and everything it embodied for her resonated with me so strongly that I knew I had to write this column before I even read her book.

Haugh About That?: This too

As I walked into my apartment, excited to spend time with Lauren and her new baby, Bowen, I was hit with the reality of her life. The little one, now 2 1/2 months old, was experiencing his first cold, thus forcing his schedule completely out of whack and turning night into day. On the couch, with eyes swollen from fatigue and tears, sat my sleep-deprived daughter. Remembering those early days with my eldest, I took her in my arms to soothe her tired moment and simply said, “Honey, I promise this will pass.”

Other Voices: BCS should not pursue own plans for Mtn. View school

Following is an open letter to the Bullis Charter School Board of Directors.

Letters to the Editor - Week of Dec. 12

Follow mail policies to the letter

In response to the Nov. 28 Town Crier article “Los Altos resident fights to ensure carriers don’t violate federal law,” about a resident’s fight to compel the U.S. Postal Service to deliver his mail when his mailbox is blocked by neighbors’ construction vehicles:

While in graduate school, I worked every part-time job in the post office. We also had to return residents’ outbound mail to the post office before 5 p.m. to get overnight delivery. If necessary, we were required to run between routes and ensure overnight delivery.

The Villaj Idiut: Disrespecting the flag

Virtually any time I’m driving the IdiutMobile around the Village these days, it feels like every street in the city has some form of construction – either of the road itself or a new building or a new home.

It’s a good sign of prosperity in our little bubble, to be sure, but you know what absolutely makes me want to drive rivets into my toenails and then stick my feet in a bucket of ice water? Flag men.

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