A better option for school district enrollment growth: Other Voices

There is a better response to the Los Altos School District enrollment growth than those detailed in the article last week (“Parents upset with enrollment growth options”). No wonder parents voice concern about all seven of the options presented – each would cause significant disruption. A better option is to use the land at all existing sites more effectively.

Program additions can be spread over the land alongside existing schools while they remain in place. Indeed, most of the Facilities Master Plan Committee options relate to the scenario of not finding any land for a new school. Truly, even if land is found, it will be too expensive to leave funds for all of the needed construction. The district talks about a compromise of making a miniature, even split, new school site with half of the land of current schools, just 5 acres. This still limits us because that land could cost $50 million or more. Such a small size could cause appreciable construction cost increases.


Letters to the Editor

Don’t force art policy on builders or public

Thank you for your editorial opposing development fees for public art (“Public art and developer money,” Feb. 4).

There is no need for the city to own art. Few people agree on what constitutes a work of art, so public pieces are often reviled as well as appreciated. The artist loaner program is a brilliant idea with advantages to artists (wide exposure) and residents (rotating pieces).


Heisenberg Selectric: The Villaj Idiut

I realize that we live in one of the wealthiest zip codes in the universe, but I will readily admit, as disturbing as it may be, that my unfettered fascination with the AMC show “Breaking Bad” often has me running around town wondering where people are cooking methamphetamines.

For instance, every time I see an RV parked on the grounds of a home in Los Altos Hills – an incongruity if there ever were one – I suspect that there are a bunch of glass beakers and red phosphorous lying around inside it.


Generosity comes through again: Thanks from the Publisher

The 2014-2015 Los Altos Town Crier Holiday Fund is drawing to a close. The campaign was the most successful ever, raising more than $250,000 from nearly 400 donors.

The program, launched in 2000, supports Silicon Valley-area nonprofit organizations that invest the fund’s donations for maximum results. The number of nonprofit agencies we support has grown from eight in 2000 to 20 in 2014. For more information on the groups, visit


Letters to the Editor

Residents need education on water use

As a Los Altos resident, I’m writing to encourage your paper to publish more articles about the drought.

I feel that journalism should also be a way to educate your readers, and this is an opportunity.


The case for repaving I-280: Other Voices

Los Altos and Los Altos Hills residents suffer from an aging Interstate 280. Emissions from I-280 have had an adverse effect on our citizens’ personal and financial health. The noise, air and water pollution impact all of us, as does the consequent drop in property values – approximately 14 percent lower for homes near I-280.


Public art and developer money: Editorial

Los Altos City Councilmembers last week discussed an interesting idea – applying developer fees to fund more public artwork.

Under the proposal, those looking to build in downtown Los Altos and elsewhere could either contribute a piece of art to complement their project or pay an in-lieu fee to the city so that its Public Arts Commission could recommend a piece for purchase instead. The in-lieu fee discussed is 1 percent of the total project. A $7 million project, say, would yield $70,000 for public art.


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