Homecoming: No Shoes, Please

I’m traveling with my mother next month to her hometown of Takatomi, Japan, because her eldest sister, my 91-year-old aunt, needs help planning the final years of her life. However, nothing about the trip will be as simple or straightforward as that sentence might imply, so let me break it down for you.


Letters to the Editor

Silent majority, please speak up

At the Los Altos Hills Planning Commission meeting held March 19, Commissioner Jim Abraham stated that he believes many people in town do not want to continue to develop our pathway system and that some of our council members feel the same. I thought that people appreciate how the development of our pathways, for example, the Fremont Road and Arastradero paths turned out.

As the Planning Commission will continue to review the Circulation and Scenic Roadways Element of the town, now is the time to make known your feelings about our town development.

As the town council has put on the agenda for 6 p.m. Monday (March 30) meeting to discuss changing (and in my opinion, beginning to dismantle)  the pathway element of the general plan, having your input at this time is crucial to maintaining the vision of our original town founders.

The circulation element, the housing element and the pathway element are all part of the general plans for the town. They should all have the same vision for planning how our town moves into the future.  If we allow the plans to be dismantled, we will not be living in the Los Altos Hills we know today. And if the majority of my neighbors agree with the radical changes, I need to know that so I can sell before my property values are ruined.

Eileen Gibbons

Los Altos Hills

PAUSD offers high-level education

In catching up with past issues of the Town Crier after a long trip, we were surprised and sad to read John Radford’s statement as a Los Altos Hills City Councilman (“LAH Council Roundup,” Feb. 25).

Addressing the superintendent of the Palo Alto Unified School District about the upcoming parcel tax, Radford said: “We have been bled to death by your school district and received little or nothing in return.”


Letters to the Editor

Forbid cellphone tracking in area

Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith has purchased a surveillance device without adequate public debate about policies and procedures for their use (“Cellphone tracking technology comes to Los Altos Hills,” March 11).

Worse, the agreement she has executed bars her from sharing with the public any details of exactly what capabilities this device may grant to her. “Trust us,” she says.


Divine conspiracy: Haugh About That?

Rushing back into the house to grab my lifeline to the world – my cellphone – I had only a minute to spare before my listing appointment when I came face-to-face with a large yellow puddle on the white living room carpet. Cowering in the corner was the guilty party. The damn dog was once again testing my patience.


Get used to high and dry: Editorial

Here we are, sitting in the shade of an umbrella table in the heart of sunny downtown Los Altos. It’s short-sleeve weather, 72 degrees, in fact, and we’re not out of winter.

Meanwhile, our friends in New England are being continuously clobbered with snow, with no end in sight. Full-grown men, shoveling snow off the rooftops of their houses, can barely be seen amid the giant mounds of white stuff.


Don't blame the victim: Other Voices

Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. In fact, in this country, everyone is entitled to express his or her opinions without getting murdered as a consequence. In her recent “Other Voices” column (“Inalienable right? How about respect for others?,” March 4), author Joy Valentine expressed her opinions. And here are mine in response.

In my opinion, the opinions expressed in Valentine’s column are especially pernicious, because they are falsehoods surrounding a kernel of truth. Yes, the publishing of images of Muhammad is probably unnecessarily aggressive and offensive. But such expression is a right of our society, and it is a right worth defending, even if in this particular case it was somewhat misused. The arbiter of that boundary and whether it has been crossed is not a band of extremist, fundamendalist Muslims. Those offended by this publication have other means of redress, including, but not limited to, court action and retaliatory publication.


Is MV headed for high-tech exclusivity?: Editor's Notebook

Recent headlines have been awash with news of the future campus Google Inc. plans to build featuring “canopies.” Also in the news is Facebook Inc.’s recent announcement that it, too, wants to expand at its current Menlo Park headquarters. Meanwhile, LinkedIn Corp. looks to be making a major expansion with a possible campus in Phase 2 of The Village at San Antonio Center development in Mountain View, and possibly in an office building on El Camino Real in Los Altos, soon to be vacated by the also highly successful Box Inc.

Everywhere you look, growth abounds. Construction sites are everywhere along El Camino in Mountain View. And if recently submitted plans for Mountain View’s North Bayshore area are any indication, much more construction – millions of square feet in office space, for starters – is on the way.


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