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The case for a community pool: Other Voices

Once again, there are rumblings of a civic center remodel with possible inclusion of a community pool. I hope that discussions start again with the city, and, this time, I hope that a community pool will be near the top of the priority list.

Here is why Los Altos needs a pool: Simply, we do not have one. Neither does the town of Los Altos Hills. Why? It seems as though every surrounding community has a pool. Why not Los Altos and Los Altos Hills?

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Heads-up: Bond measures on deck

It goes without saying that the cost of living in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills is off the charts – and will only continue to rise.

The Town Crier last week ran four different stories in its first seven pages that involved the potential of floating bond measures or parcel taxes before the public to fund a slew of projects.

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Letters to the Editor

Loyola Beauty Salon continues to operate

Regarding the Town Crier’s article on the proposed mixed-use development for Loyola Corners, I would like to emphasize one important fact (“Commission says try again,” Jan. 29).

While the article discussed the proposal in detail, it failed to mention that our shop, Loyola Beauty Salon, located at 999 Fremont Ave. in Los Altos, is still open and in business for the foreseeable future while the property owner seeks approval from the city for his proposal. As a result of this article and the accompanying photo of Loyola Beauty Salon, people are now questioning our stability, and our business has suffered financially. We have received numerous phone calls from our concerned clients and friends asking whether our shop has shut down.

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Mystery remains over intent of First and Main site: Other Voices

Following is Part 2 in Cranston’s ongoing “Los Altos Mysteries Explored” series. Part 1 ran in the Jan. 29 issue.

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More progress, not process for civic center

We appreciate that the Los Altos City Council and city staff want to move forward with replacing Hillview Community Center, an outdated facility that leaves much to be desired. But with all due respect, it’s déjà vu all over again.

Six years ago, the city employed consultant Anderson Brulé Architects to facilitate a series of meetings that captured residents’ opinions and priorities on the elements they wanted incorporated in the entire 18-acre civic center site. The two-year, $450,000 process resulted in the formulation of the Civic Center Master Plan.

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Flawless love is 'Perfect' love: The Rockey Road

Alanis Morissette says, “If you’re flawless, then you’ll win my love,” in the lyrics of her song “Perfect.”

To love someone can mean something entirely different from one person to the next. Some people believe that complete accountability is the way to show their love, while others believe that freedom in a relationship shows a deep trust that only love can bear. Growing up, I thought love meant simply wanting to spend the rest of your life with that one person you love. In a sense I was right, but there is much more to love than that simple definition.

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Letters to the Editor

No mystery in downtown parking

The city of Los Altos Downtown Parking Management Plan and the Downtown Public Parking Data sheet both accurately report the number of parking spaces, despite comments to the contrary (“Los Altos mysteries explored,” Jan. 29).

In the mid-1990s, the city purchased two downtown parcels – 400 Main St. and 230 First St. The private businesses operating in those locations were allowed to continue, and the city opened up 54 of the existing parking spaces for public use. While preparing for the eventual sale of the property, the city demolished the buildings in 2010 and used the site as a staging area to minimize construction impacts of the downtown beautification and First Street streetscape projects.

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