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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.

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.

How to be seen: Other Voices

It is a dark and stormy night. After a long day at the office, you’re about to arrive home. Driving down your street, you spot a faint shadow in the darkness. You slow and see that you have narrowly missed your neighbor, who is out walking his dog.

Many of the things that make Los Altos special – narrow residential streets with muted street lighting and few sidewalks, and our fondness for pets – create an unusually dangerous situation for pedestrians, especially at this time of year when the days are short. When it’s time to take the dog for a walk or get some fresh air, many of us grab the nearest jacket and a flashlight, and become virtually invisible in the night.

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.

Coming to a school near you: From the City Manager's Desk


Pedestrian and bicycle safety is one of Los Altos’ highest priorities, particularly for school-aged children. To address this priority, the city council approved a Pedestrian Master Plan last August with the goal of improving pedestrian safety and mobility throughout the city.

Citywide Parking Committee member defends work: Other Voices

It is sad that the work of the Citywide Parking Committee has been suspended. This committee is all about open government. We have been revealing the facts that have led to parking problems, while indicating factors that shroud the truth from being clearly seen.

Several subcommittees were formed to concentrate on specific areas. Although there is some overlap in members, this merely shows the commitment of some members to do more work than others. They should be thanked rather than chastised for this service to the community.

LASD, city should use land more efficiently: Other Voices

As a Los Altos School District parent and Los Altos property-tax payer, I have to express my disappointment in the current slate of district trustees and our city council.

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