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The elephant on the pathway: Other Voices

Pathways in Los Altos Hills are great. I love hiking on them, and I love seeing horses on them. They allow me to exercise and get around, and the mysterious ones that teleport me from neighborhood to neighborhood by walking between homeowners’ backyards seem magical. So what’s the controversy?

We moved to Los Altos Hills 16 years ago, the last time the Pathways system was a big issue. At the time, I hadn’t had the fun of hiking the pathways that I’ve since had. In that time, though, I’ve encountered another side of the experience that was eye-opening, which was when we remodeled to add a family room and a garage. During that project, the only objectionable step was when members of the Pathways Committee hiked through our backyard to determine whether we’d have to provide an easement for a proposed future pathway, provide the easement and construct the pathway, or pay an $8,000 in-lieu fee for doing neither. It felt a little like extortion – all we wanted was a garage and a family room.

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Sign of the times: The Villaj Idiut

This in an honest-to-goodness true story: I was walking across a bank parking lot recently, and cutting across the same parking lot was a couple pushing their belongings in a grocery cart.

And just as I was thinking to myself, “That’s got to be tough, living out of a grocery cart,” the woman turns to the man she is with, looks at the guy spinning a sign on the street corner, and says, “What a loser.”

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Bob Grimm: The definition of love: Other Voices


Courtesy of Art Carmichael
Bob Grimm, left, and Art Carmichael, both former Los Altos councilmembers and longtime friends, flank a friend in Tanzania. Bob was injured the day after this photo was taken and died March 21.

I have been part of the Grimm family – I was adopted – for 55 years of my life. I am currently 62.

My half-brother Terry and I came to California to stay with Bob and Marion Grimm for a short period of time with the intent of giving our biological mother time to get her feet under her. This was the second time the Grimms had offered to help. During this second visit, my brother and I were playing in the neighbor’s garage and ate some poison that was used in the garden. It scared Bob and Marion to the core! This event brought deep concern for our safety, but it also brought to the attention of all involved that there are legal ramifications to administering medical help to those outside your immediate family.

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Letters to the Editor

All should observe LAH zoning ordinances

Regarding the Town Crier’s article on high-density development in Los Altos Hills (“‘Substandard’ lot development rankles LAH residents,” April 8), the Mora Drive developer proposes gross violations of setbacks, providing as small as one-third of the town’s required setback space.

Forrest Linebarger, the developer, subdivided his own property and is now asking our town to grant him variances because he did not leave himself enough space to build.

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Letters to the Editor

Vote out those who endorse development

Thank you for publishing the list of Los Altos City Councilmembers who rejected the urgently needed downtown development moratorium (“Council axes First Street development moratorium,” March 18).

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Life's purpose: Haugh About That?

Standing at the head of the classroom, her tiny facial features peeking out from the massive folds of her long veil, Sister Peter stared out at 50 second-graders. By the sharpened look in her beady, coffee-colored eyes, I knew we were about to be schooled on her favorite topic.

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What would Bob do?: Editorial

The recent passing of an extraordinary Los Altos resident, Bob Grimm, has generated a range of heartfelt reaction, from sympathy to fond memories, from all corners. That’s because Bob did not discriminate in his desire to help others with his money, time, labor, expertise and sage advice. 

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