Tue08042015

The truth about coyotes: Other Voices

The Town Crier’s recent article on coyotes venturing down from the foothills in search of sustenance referenced the organization Project Coyote (“Recent coyote attacks keep residents on edge,” July 1). Do not waste your time contacting Project Coyote, as representatives will not tell you the facts as they really are. They will put you in further danger, claiming that you can live in harmony with coyotes.

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Public art: The 1 percent that matters most: Other Voices

The Los Altos City Council is considering a proposal that would require commercial projects costing more than $1 million to contribute 1 percent of their project cost to a public art fund.

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Resident takes issue with Stevens Creek Trail column: Other Voices

Following is a response to Editor Bruce Barton’s “Editor’s Notebook” on the Stevens Creek Trail project (“What’s driving resistance to Stevens Creek Trail?” June 17).

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Arts & Wine redux

“Are you going to the Arts & Wine Festival?” a friend asked.

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What's driving resistance to Stevens Creek Trail?: Editor's Notebook

I love the southernmost part of Los Altos near the Sunnyvale border. I’m talking about driving along Fremont Avenue past the Highway 85 intersection into Los Altos.

While not as stark a contrast as the views along University Avenue from East Palo Alto into Palo Alto, you clearly know that you’ve crossed over into a different world as the concrete sidewalks, wide streets and Highway 85 noise from the Sunnyvale side transition to picturesque, tree-lined scenery that welcomes you to Los Altos. Trees are everywhere, overhanging from both sides of the roadway as well as towering in the medians. Small, inconspicuous wooden signs mark the connecting streets like Fallen Leaf Lane, Truman Avenue and Newcastle Drive.

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Fleeting tastes: A cautionary tale of public art: Other Voices

There is a sad little strip of asphalt just off El Camino Real in Burlingame, upon which sits a magnificent statue in bronze of a uniformed gentleman on a horse. Nestled between a strip mall and a gas station, the statue is without a label. It appears to be of early-20th-century origin, but so far I’ve not been able to properly identify it. Clearly, some civic body once went to a lot of trouble to have this piece of public art created and installed. With the passage of time and changing taste, this tribute in public art to a long-ago hero has been largely forgotten on the Peninsula.

It is a reminder, if we needed one, of the short half-life of tastes in public art – especially problematic in a region where things change as quickly as they do in California.

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Departing MVLA schools chief offers thanks: Other Voices

At the end of June, I will be retiring after nine years as superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District. These have been the best nine years of my 37-year public education career – in part because of the incredible support from the Los Altos, Mountain View and Los Altos Hills communities.

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