Mon06292015

No confidence in civic center proposals: Editorial

Few Los Altos issues have become more convoluted than the development of the 18-acre Hillview civic center property. Most agree that the area, as currently configured, needs improvement. But nothing has happened in the nearly 10 years since serious discussions began (other than nearly $900,000 spent on consultant fees).

Plans have gone from grandiose and overblown (a costly and complete overhaul of the 18 acres) to a modest renovation of the existing Hillview Community Center buildings.

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A year in the life: No Shoes, Please

Last May, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer and underwent surgery to remove a portion of my colon. Unrelated to the cancer, I also had a hysterectomy – a surgical twofer.

Afterward, I was supposed to receive six months of chemotherapy, the standard treatment recommended by oncologists from Stanford, UC San Francisco and El Camino hospitals, and by my friends in the medical field. I had a long debate with myself about undergoing chemotherapy, but long story short, I opted to forgo further treatment. Instead, I decided to address my remaining cancer with immune system enhancement via nutrition, exercise and nontraditional healing methods.

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Dancing with my father: Haugh About That?

Standing at the window, ready to perform in my white tutu and pink satin sash, I peered into the gray stillness of the day’s fading light, tapping my ballet slipper impatiently. Siegfried, the handsome prince in our version of “Swan Lake,” was now an hour late.

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Letters to the Editor

All must call out anti-Muslim bigotry

Richard Sutherland’s letter to the editor betrays either an ignorance of Islam or close-minded bigotry (“No room for diversity in Islam,” June 10).

Mr. Sutherland is fundamentally mistaken when he says “there is no room for diversity in Islam.” The Quran itself make very clear (to paraphrase) that God created mankind in many different nations and tribes so that we might know each other.

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Letters to the Editor

Splitting bond measure unfair to pool supporters

The Los Altos City Council seems very close to throwing the pool supporters under the bus.

By splitting the bond measure, they will almost guarantee that Measure B (the pool portion of the bond) will not pass, while at the same time expecting the pool supporters both to actively work and vote for the passage of Measure A.

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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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A chance to fight cancer Saturday: Editorial

It was 11 years ago that the first Los Altos Relay For Life took place at Los Altos High School. The first couple of Relays proved epic events, filled with committed participants. Tents surrounded the track for the 24-hour American Cancer Society fundraiser.

The events raised hundreds of thousands of dollars and organizers were proud of their top rankings among Relay For Life events across the country. The Town Crier followed suit, providing extensive coverage as teams of participants took turns walking the track to cover the entire 24 hours.

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