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Charitable legacies give forever: Other Voices

 

Prince’s death late last month triggered an incredible outpouring of sympathy from admirers around the globe. Everyone knew about his tremendous talent as a songwriter and performer. What is only now coming to light is that Prince was also a generous philanthropist during his lifetime, donating millions of dollars to nonprofit organizations worldwide.

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Mortgage mania: Other Voices

I have this self-punishing habit of collecting real estate flyers while out walking my dog. I take them home to my husband and we half-laugh, half-cringe at the listed prices. We speculate about the scores of people who will undoubtedly shell out six figures over a seven-figure asking price to own one of these 800-square-foot shacks: Are they nuts?!

Once the veins in my neck stop bulging, I file the offending slips of paper in my circular filing cabinet. Those printed on sturdy card stock earn a reprieve and live among the junk mail Matt and I use to scoop up and re-home errant spiders.

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LASD developing plan to address enrollment growth : Other Voices

One of the major issues facing the Los Altos School District has been dealing with the current and future enrollment growth in the entire district, including Bullis Charter School.

Our public school enrollment has grown by more than 1,000 students since 2004. District neighborhood schools are already at capacity, and for more than four years, we have been carefully examining options to reduce overcrowding and maintain the excellent education we have come to expect in Los Altos. We need to be diligent when considering this issue in order to plan for the next 50 years of academic excellence.

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Questions for water district as it prepares to 'ravage' park: Other Voices

 

Rancho San Antonio County Park will be ravaged by heavy construction equipment this summer. The Santa Clara Valley Water District plans to flatten approximately 70 trees and dig a huge, useless flood basin, leaving lots of noise and dust in our most heavily visited preserve. Plans were scheduled to go out to bid Tuesday.

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County claims no responsibility for toppled trees: Other Voices

During the storm on March 5, three tall, dead pine trees located behind my property line along Foothill Expressway fell onto my property, breaking my boundary fence and depositing tree trunks and debris in my backyard and pool.

Sunday morning I called the Los Altos Public Works Department to inform them of the incident. A police officer responded and promptly called a Public Works employee to inspect my property. I was told to contact Chris Costanzo, who would respond the following day. Costanzo inspected the damage Monday and informed me that the city of Los Altos was not responsible for any damage, as the trees were on county property.

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The fight for stricter air emission requirements: Other Voices

It appears that many Los Altos voters received a letter April 7 from the group Bay Area Refinery Workers. In the letter, it says, “We hope that Los Altos City Councilmember Jan Pepper will consider us before making decisions that impact our livelihoods.”

Because I am specifically named in the letter, I would like to provide some context and a response to the residents of Los Altos.

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Making parks a priority in Los Altos: Other Voices

 

In the early 1950s, after my father had been mayor, Los Altos City Manager John Hope asked me to take on a project in coordination with Stanford University, where I was studying political science. The arrangement was that the city manager and his assistant, George Sanregret (later the longtime city manager), along with building inspector Joe Salameda (later the city’s first historian), would supervise me in an independent study program to help the city determine where to obtain property for parks. In return, I would get a grade for my studies toward work in city government.

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