Adieu: Other Voices

A wonderful thing happened during my second term on the Los Altos Hills City Council: Our two sons have, with their wives, provided my wife and I with the gift of four – soon to be five – grandchildren. We could not be more pleased and have made the decision to create a family ranch where the grandkids can play and have access to a high-quality school district.

We recently stumbled upon a flat 5-acre property for sale, on the water, in Carmel – near Point Lobos State Natural Reserve – and decided that this is where we want to establish the Larsen Family Ranch.


Coyote column raises false emotional flag: Other Voices

Could Jim Schmidt’s antipathy toward Project Coyote (“The truth about coyotes,” July 29) be born out of its efforts that have exposed the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services predator control program?

In its crusade to kill bobcats, mountain lions, gray fox, gray wolves and their primary target, the coyote, the Wildlife Services program costs American taxpayers more than $100 million annually despite the fact that it has been proven ineffective.


Arts & Wine redux

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


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.


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.


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.


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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