How to increase your home value
Location, location, location: My realtor asked what criteria I would use to find the best location. I ticked through a quiet street, good neighborhood, close to shopping.
No, he said, the top priority is always excellent public schools, even if you have no children of your own.
Which school district would you choose?
1. Cupertino, where enthusiastic parents managed to collect enough funds to maintain the teaching staff despite state budget cuts.
2. Palo Alto, where parents support the public schools by volunteering, paying generous taxes and donating funds to build a gymnasium and auditorium.
3. Portola Valley, where citizens just passed a bond issue to support public schools.
4. Los Altos, where parents from the local charter school sue the school district again and again.
These suits are taking money away from our children and giving it to lawyers.
We all want to protect our children. We all want generous and supportive neighbors. We all want to protect the value of our homes.
These suits have got to stop.
Why no Los Altos support for Deer Hollow?
It is clear from surveys that Los Altos residents enjoy local Deer Hollow Farm in great numbers – more than 15,500 visit annually.
What’s not clear is why Los Altos won’t support this living history farm that its residents have enjoyed free of charge for decades.
Deer Hollow is a community-run teaching farm with many funding partners: Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, Santa Clara County, local donors through Friends of Deer Hollow Farm and the cities of Los Altos Hills, Mountain View and Cupertino.
The nonprofit Friends of Deer Hollow Farm has asked Los Altos to provide minimal $10,000 annual support to help operate the 160-year-old farm, which costs more than $400,000 annually to run.
The Los Altos City Council is considering our grant request in next year’s budget.
We hope that Los Altos residents who enjoy the farm ask their city leaders to join with neighboring cities and support the farm they so love.
President, Board of Directors
Friends of Deer Hollow Farm