Wed10222014

Letters to the Editor

Still waiting for details on bond measure

Most of our community is still waiting for more details on Measure N. Los Altos School District trustees, you are accountable to the voters, and unless I know more about the details, I am being forced to vote no. You ask for blind trust, and I can’t give it.

Shed some light on how you plan to address growth, Bullis Charter School, north of El Camino, middle-school configurations and site locations. Only then can I make an informed decision. Absent that, only a fool would give you a $150 million blank check in November.

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Does Los Altos have a parking problem, or is it a symptom? : Other Voices

Yes, and yes. It appears that the downtown Los Altos parking problem is a symptom of the city’s “Sarah Winchester” approach to planning that instead of resulting in staircases to nowhere resulted in a hotel without parking required by code.(1)

From April 2008 to November 2012, the Los Altos City Council eliminated 139 parking spaces in the downtown Public Parking District (9 percent of the total) and allowed two developments to provide 76 fewer parking spaces than required by code (5 percent of the downtown Public Parking District supply). (2) The city’s Downtown Parking Management Plan projects the cost to replace these 215 parking spaces ranges at from $8.18 million cash to $27.3 million with financing and maintenance costs over 30 years.(3)

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Thoughts on the 'Mr. Los Altos' bust: Publisher's Perspective


Here are my two cents worth of ideas regarding the future location of the Walter Singer bust.

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Lost languages: No Shoes, Please

You would think that being raised by parents who spoke very little English would result in an ability to communicate fluidly in two tongues. However, lots of West Coast “Sansei” (third-generation Japanese-Americans) are like me: surrounded by the Japanese language in our upbringing but hardly able to speak a word.

A credible observation has been made that “Issei” and “Nisei” (first- and second-generation Japanese-Americans) – traumatized by unjust incarceration during World War II – became hypervigilant about ensuring that they were perceived as “true” Americans once they were eventually allowed to re-establish their lives and livelihoods outside a barbed-wire camp environment. This in part accounts for the loss of the Japanese language among Sansei.

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School lunch: Opportunity to improve health, academics: Other Voices

The Town Crier’s article “Evolving with regulations, Los Altos’ school lunch programs retain local ties” (Aug. 13) presents a bleak view of the Los Altos School District’s efforts to meet school lunch guidelines.

The parents interviewed perpetuate the false dichotomy that healthful food must necessarily taste bad. A more positive perspective is that food can be both nutritious and delicious, and that habits learned early in life can help children grow into healthy adults without sacrificing their taste buds.

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Los Gatos proves model for downtown Los Altos

My husband and I recently decided to go to a movie playing in Los Gatos. We arrived early enough that we had a little time to walk around. We bought a sandwich and took it to the small park at the corner of Main Street and Santa Cruz Avenue.

After our lunch, we walked over to the newly renovated Los Gatos Theatre. The classy renovation has created a beautiful environment in which to enjoy a movie. After the movie, we strolled over to one of the many nearby restaurants to have a drink and an early dinner. Shoppers filled the streets; the restaurants were crowded with diners.

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Relocating Singer bust to museum a bad move

I am upset that the Los Altos City Council voted to move the bust of Walter Singer from its place of prominence in the Community Plaza to an out-of-the-way spot at the Los Altos History Museum.

The only art connected to our history as a community is the Singer bust. The traditional function of public art has been to educate the public about the history and heroes of our past. Let us not forget Walter Singer.

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