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Letters to the Editor

Sempervirens Fund lacks eminent domain power

I am writing to correct the misrepresentations a recent letter made about Sempervirens Fund (“Is eminent domain fair to landowners?,” March 2).

Sempervirens Fund, based in Los Altos, is California’s oldest land trust, dedicated to protecting and connecting redwood forests and other natural lands in the Santa Cruz Mountains and encouraging public enjoyment of these lands. We currently own and manage more than 10,000 acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and take great care to ensure their responsible management, care and restoration. I am writing to correct the misstatement made about Sempervirens Fund in the letter, which erroneously stated that we have the power of eminent domain.

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Sunshine on the sports page: A Piece of My Mind

One morning a while ago I sat down with my morning coffee to read the paper. The list of headlines included:

• Tech job engine cooling off?

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County claims no responsibility for toppled trees: Other Voices

During the storm on March 5, three tall, dead pine trees located behind my property line along Foothill Expressway fell onto my property, breaking my boundary fence and depositing tree trunks and debris in my backyard and pool.

Sunday morning I called the Los Altos Public Works Department to inform them of the incident. A police officer responded and promptly called a Public Works employee to inspect my property. I was told to contact Chris Costanzo, who would respond the following day. Costanzo inspected the damage Monday and informed me that the city of Los Altos was not responsible for any damage, as the trees were on county property.

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Loyalty program is a great incentive

I just read about the concept of a Los Altos shopping loyalty program. What a great, innovative idea, both for our businesses and residents.

I love shopping locally and would welcome an incentive to do that even more.

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City should engage urban planner

After providing a well-thought-out presentation that included input from the community as well as the Los Altos School District, the Los Altos City Council voted unanimously to disband the City-Schools Public Lands Committee March 9.

This vote clears the way for the council to add planning for the 18-acre Los Altos Civic Center and Hillview Community Center and Park to its 2016 goals.

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Spring has sprung – (mostly) thumbs-up!: Editorial

Spring is here, and so are some Town Crier takes on recent local happenings.

Thumbs-up (?): To local elected officials partnering with U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo to apply pressure on the Federal Aviation Administration to reroute flights that travel directly over Los Altos. It’s unclear how much influence Santa County Supervisor Joe Simitian, Los Altos Hills City Councilman Gary Waldeck and Los Altos City Councilman Jean Mordo will have in the effort to thwart flight patterns. But their involvement, along with the congresswoman’s, acknowledges that they are taking the thousands of noise complaints from residents seriously. We, like they, anxiously anticipate an acceptable FAA response to the matter.

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Good decisions on seniors, schools: Editorial

The current Los Altos City Council has its ups and downs. Members’ competence and commitment is without question. The question for some is their ability to get things done. Still, members’ actions at their March 8 meeting showed their ability to listen and make good decisions.

Mayor Jeannie Bruins and Councilwoman Mary Prochnow were convinced going into the meeting that de-chartering the joint Los Altos/Los Altos Hills Senior Commission was the right thing to do. But after hearing strong testimony from local seniors and their advocates, councilmembers realized how important a chartered senior commission was to many involved in the city’s seniors’ activities. Some speakers interpreted de-chartering as taking away the commission’s authority. Instead of de-chartering, the council moved to re-charter the commission to include fewer members and remove age limits for its members. We appreciate the council’s action to preserve the Senior Commission.

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