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Large-scale survey needed to determine civic center's fate: Other Voices


After eight years, progress toward Los Altos Civic Center redevelopment is endangered and progress toward relieving elementary school crowding is stalled.

Letters to the Editor

Kudos to Town Crier for goals editorial

Bravo to the Town Crier for its Jan. 20 editorial, “Some goals to accomplish in 2016.” It is great to see the Town Crier take a leadership role. The paper highlighted six goals that no resident could disagree with:

1. Finalize the Los Altos School District enrollment-growth plan.

Letters to the Editor

Don’t waste money on bus lane

While I am not sure that I agree with the author of the recent letter regarding the proposed bus lanes on El Camino Real – either on the beneficiaries of the proposal or the constituency of those who speak at Valley Transportation Authority meetings – I do have to speak out on the idea of a bus lane on El Camino (“VTA bus lane benefits consultants,” Jan. 27).

Listen, folks, no one is going to start riding buses enough to make this or any other mass transit proposal viable until we are unable to buy gasoline to fuel the lifestyle that has become second nature to Americans. Why spend millions of dollars to benefit a handful of people who are only riding the bus because they have absolutely no other choice?

New 'York' values



As we have witnessed California suffer through one of its worst droughts in history over the past few years, all of us, I’m sure, have been keenly aware of our surroundings and have done a small part in trying to conserve water.

From the City Manager's Desk: Fulfilling our mission


For those of us who work for Los Altos, the mission is “to foster and maintain the city of Los Altos as a great place to live and to raise a family.” The city’s employees take this mission seriously and – individually and collectively – do our best to make Los Altos a special place to live, work and play.

Other voices: Save our orchard, save our city


I stopped by the main branch of the Los Altos Library recently to do some research. What I found outside the building almost made me forget to go in. The mustard surrounding our civic center heritage orchard is in glorious bloom. We, the citizens of Los Altos, own this land. Stroll by. This golden assault on the senses lasts for just a few short weeks.

'Between the World and Me': Black in America

Allyson Johnson 

Imagine a dolphin swimming through the ocean depths and suddenly becoming aware of the water being salty – something so normal it had never been noticed in the environment surrounding the dolphin every day – so normal it had assumed salty water as a universal fact. Then imagine that dolphin struggling with the concept of fresh water. That would be something of the way I felt on reading “Between the World and Me,” Ta-Nehisi Coates’ award-winning exposition on what it is like to be “black” in America.

It had never quite gotten through to me, despite reading a fair number of books by African- and Afro-American writers, that the concept of “race” that so permeates our society is almost a uniquely American idea. Other societies also make distinctions by skin color, preferring light-colored skin to dark-colored skin in their ideal of beauty, but only America makes the abrupt unilateral distinction between “black” and “white” that places a segment of our citizens irrevocably on one side of a chasm that the rest of the citizens do their best to ignore.

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