Letters to the Editor

Equitable arrangement needed for tennis courts

Following is an open letter to the Los Altos Parks and Recreation Department.

The tennis teaching program (run by Whitlinger & Sarsfield Tennis), at certain times of the week, currently has priority use of one of the courts at two-court sites (Montclaire and McKenzie parks), and two of the courts at three-court sites (Marymeade and Rosita parks.)


A student succeeds and so do I: A Piece of My Mind

I was watching a PBS documentary on the Old West – you know the type. Lots of historical photographs, lots of historical documents and some expert talking heads explaining it with their names and credentials briefly headlined.

Suddenly I shouted in amazement.


The Sochi Olympics: No Shoes, Please

Like many, I’ve been watching the Olympics since I was a child. In any era, the Games are entertaining, inspirational, unifying and educational. They can also be divisive, political and corrupt. However, one hopes that at the end of the day, an athlete’s ability to compete at the highest level – safely and fairly – is given the top spot on any list of priorities.

The Sochi Olympics don’t give me that “it’s all about the athletes” vibe. In fact, they’ve been nicknamed “Putin’s Olympics” ostensibly for Vladimir Putin’s instrumental role in securing the 2014 Winter Games for Russia.


Heartening support for domestic-violence victims: Other Voices

I am founder and director of the Women-of-Means Escape Network, Silicon Valley (WomenSV), a nonprofit Los Altos Community Foundation program that serves victims of affluent abusers. I want to thank the Town Crier and our local community for their incredible support of the recent “Women Rising” event at Main Street Cafe.


Creating 'mysteries' not productive: Other Voices

Two “Other Voices” columns by Kim Cranston recently published in the Town Crier claim supposed “mysteries” that involve city land sold to the Jeffrey A. Morris Group, now under construction at First and Main streets (“Los Altos mysteries explored,” Jan. 29 and Feb. 12).

The first “mystery” involved the differing numbers for the potential parking spaces on that land. The simple answer is that the count of 54 parking spaces was taken before demolition of the buildings at that site in 2010, and the 96 parking spaces were calculated afterward, when most of the new temporary parking was on dirt.


Letters to the Editor

Dance studio owner clarifies the record

While I very much appreciate the wonderful recognition and photos in the Town Crier’s Family Spotlight magazine (Feb. 26), I would like to clear up a couple of mistakes.

First, my son is not, nor has he ever been, named Jackson, as the article states. He is simply Jake, the 9-year-old love of my life.


Boxes of adolescent ardor

It was a serendipitous moment, one I shared with some passersby outside of Peet’s Coffee & Tea on State Street as I waited for my California mother to join me in a calming cup of coffee and chat.

I had seen the two tween-aged boys (minus their masks) horsing around in front of Skate Works and guessed that something was afoot. When next I glanced their way, there were two boxes perched on a bench, two sets of feet protruding out from under.


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