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Citywide Parking Committee member defends work: Other Voices

It is sad that the work of the Citywide Parking Committee has been suspended. This committee is all about open government. We have been revealing the facts that have led to parking problems, while indicating factors that shroud the truth from being clearly seen.

Several subcommittees were formed to concentrate on specific areas. Although there is some overlap in members, this merely shows the commitment of some members to do more work than others. They should be thanked rather than chastised for this service to the community.

Letters to the Editor

Orchard preservation worth celebrating

Everyone in Los Altos should celebrate the recent Los Altos City Council decision to preserve the Heritage Orchard and Hillview Community Center and Park for all in our city. This vote ended discussions with the Los Altos School District to put a school on this valuable, historical property.

Los Altos has the smallest acreage per capita dedicated to parks, open space and recreation of any city in the Bay Area. Leasing or selling the small amount we have to a school district with four times that acreage would not have been good stewardship.

Coming to a school near you: From the City Manager's Desk


Pedestrian and bicycle safety is one of Los Altos’ highest priorities, particularly for school-aged children. To address this priority, the city council approved a Pedestrian Master Plan last August with the goal of improving pedestrian safety and mobility throughout the city.

Deep in the rye: The Villaj Idiut

We had a death in our family recently.

My son became a teenager.

Letters to the Editor

Clean energy initiative allows local control

GreenTown Los Altos applauds the city councils of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills for joining Silicon Valley Clean Energy.

This new, local nonprofit public agency will buy clean, renewably sourced electricity and help us meet our Climate Action Plan goals. PG&E will still deliver the electricity and send us the bill, but we will get cleaner electricity at very competitive rates.

How to be seen: Other Voices

It is a dark and stormy night. After a long day at the office, you’re about to arrive home. Driving down your street, you spot a faint shadow in the darkness. You slow and see that you have narrowly missed your neighbor, who is out walking his dog.

Many of the things that make Los Altos special – narrow residential streets with muted street lighting and few sidewalks, and our fondness for pets – create an unusually dangerous situation for pedestrians, especially at this time of year when the days are short. When it’s time to take the dog for a walk or get some fresh air, many of us grab the nearest jacket and a flashlight, and become virtually invisible in the night.

Editorial: A clash over law -- or politics?

The city of Los Altos recently suspended Citywide Parking Committee meetings to investigate possible violations of the Brown Act, the state’s open meetings law. The city acted in response to a complaint by Friends of Los Altos (FOLA), a group whose board members include David Casas, Ron Packard, Val Carpenter and Lou Becker (former Los Altos City Councilmembers) and Jon Baer and Ken Lorell, both former Planning and Transportation Commission members.

FOLA contends that subcommittees researching and collecting data on city parking options were subject to and violated the Brown Act. Even if two or three members met as a subcommittee, FOLA alleged, there was sharing of information with other subcommittees, thus triggering the Brown Act breach.

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