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Letters to the Editor

Measure A would boost property values

Los Altos voters are trying to decide whether to vote for Measure A. Do we want to replace our dilapidated Hillview Community Center and build a new pool facility to replace the former Covington pool? The decision is personal for each of us.

If Measure A passes, what would be my cost, and how would I benefit? My example might be of help.

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Support for the commons: The case for Measure A: Other Voices

As the Los Altos Community Foundation starts its 25th year, I have been thinking about its accomplishments. Certainly there are hundreds of folks whose lives have been impacted for the better, and even more whose lives have been enriched.

But how does it measure against the following vision of community expressed by John Winthrop, the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony:

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Fuzzy vision deserves a no vote on Measure A: Other Voices

The vote for a community center (Measure A) is coming up, and there is only a general vision offered to motivate Los Altans to fund $65 million for a new community center.

The specific design and financial details associated with a genuine, complete plan are absent. We have no idea of what the overall project costs will be, such as total build cost, operating and staffing cost, and utilization assumptions. There are also other phases of the overall Civic Center revitalization, of which this is just a part, which in the long run may substantially add to the total.

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Residents weigh in on Measure A

We’ve already paid Hillview Community Center consultants more than $900,000 for advice like this from a Feb. 10 council study session:

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Yes to seniors, yes to families and yes on Measure A

We have the opportunity to do something truly wonderful for Los Altos: Build a new Community Center and swim center to serve our entire community. You can help make this happen by voting yes on Measure A on Nov. 3.

When I ran for city council in November 2012, a complete redevelopment of the entire 18-acre civic center site had been proposed (the 2009 master plan). This never came to a vote because the community, including me, did not support such an extensive plan. It didn’t benefit the community; rather, it called for replacing city hall and the police department first, and taking care of the residents in later phases.

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Letters to the Editor

Measure A offers ‘vague promise’

I’m concerned about the high cost of the upcoming community center bond, Measure A. In addition, it is clear that even as we are being asked to vote for this, very little is defined. We don’t even know how much space in the building will be set aside for seniors. 

Los Altos City Councilman Jean Mordo said in the Sept. 23 Town Crier that he is “confident that my colleagues have an open mind and a real commitment to doing the right thing for our seniors.”

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Letters to the Editor

Measure A needs a business plan

Los Altos Measure A proponents claim its aquatic center will be self-funding with no supporting details.

Pools are expensive. No private investor would fund a multimillion-dollar project without a rigorous business plan. Public investment requires similar scrutiny.

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