Support for the commons: The case for Measure A: Other Voices

As the Los Altos Community Foundation starts its 25th year, I have been thinking about its accomplishments. Certainly there are hundreds of folks whose lives have been impacted for the better, and even more whose lives have been enriched.

But how does it measure against the following vision of community expressed by John Winthrop, the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony:


Residents weigh in on Measure A

We’ve already paid Hillview Community Center consultants more than $900,000 for advice like this from a Feb. 10 council study session:


Yes to seniors, yes to families and yes on Measure A

We have the opportunity to do something truly wonderful for Los Altos: Build a new Community Center and swim center to serve our entire community. You can help make this happen by voting yes on Measure A on Nov. 3.

When I ran for city council in November 2012, a complete redevelopment of the entire 18-acre civic center site had been proposed (the 2009 master plan). This never came to a vote because the community, including me, did not support such an extensive plan. It didn’t benefit the community; rather, it called for replacing city hall and the police department first, and taking care of the residents in later phases.


Letters to the Editor

Measure A offers ‘vague promise’

I’m concerned about the high cost of the upcoming community center bond, Measure A. In addition, it is clear that even as we are being asked to vote for this, very little is defined. We don’t even know how much space in the building will be set aside for seniors. 

Los Altos City Councilman Jean Mordo said in the Sept. 23 Town Crier that he is “confident that my colleagues have an open mind and a real commitment to doing the right thing for our seniors.”


Letters to the Editor

Measure A needs a business plan

Los Altos Measure A proponents claim its aquatic center will be self-funding with no supporting details.

Pools are expensive. No private investor would fund a multimillion-dollar project without a rigorous business plan. Public investment requires similar scrutiny.


Fuzzy vision deserves a no vote on Measure A: Other Voices

The vote for a community center (Measure A) is coming up, and there is only a general vision offered to motivate Los Altans to fund $65 million for a new community center.

The specific design and financial details associated with a genuine, complete plan are absent. We have no idea of what the overall project costs will be, such as total build cost, operating and staffing cost, and utilization assumptions. There are also other phases of the overall Civic Center revitalization, of which this is just a part, which in the long run may substantially add to the total.


Playing the Trump card: No Shoes, Please

I’ve given a lot of thought to Donald Trump over the past several months, though I didn’t really want to. I was never a fan, but my opinion of him plummeted in 2012 during his birther tirades over President Barack Obama’s citizenship. He isn’t the only person in the U.S. who believes our president to be foreign-born; however, he was the only one who claimed to have sent an investigative team to Hawaii to prove it. After failing to produce evidence of the alleged birthplace conspiracy (and it’s not clear that he actually sent anyone to Hawaii in the first place), he switched gears and began shouting for documentation of the president’s matriculation at both Columbia and Harvard.

Eventually, Trump’s hysteria over an undereducated, Kenyan-born Muslim occupying the White House quieted down when he needed to report for duty for season whatever of “The Apprentice.” But Trump is back – running for president and sputtering inanities all over again – and he’s more popular than ever. He’s not only the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination, his every word is covered by all of the major news outlets, and he seems to be impacting the tenor and substance of his fellow nominees’ talking points as well.


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