Letters to the Editor

Don’t force art policy on builders or public

Thank you for your editorial opposing development fees for public art (“Public art and developer money,” Feb. 4).

There is no need for the city to own art. Few people agree on what constitutes a work of art, so public pieces are often reviled as well as appreciated. The artist loaner program is a brilliant idea with advantages to artists (wide exposure) and residents (rotating pieces).


Generosity comes through again: Thanks from the Publisher

The 2014-2015 Los Altos Town Crier Holiday Fund is drawing to a close. The campaign was the most successful ever, raising more than $250,000 from nearly 400 donors.

The program, launched in 2000, supports Silicon Valley-area nonprofit organizations that invest the fund’s donations for maximum results. The number of nonprofit agencies we support has grown from eight in 2000 to 20 in 2014. For more information on the groups, visit


Letters to the Editor

Residents need education on water use

As a Los Altos resident, I’m writing to encourage your paper to publish more articles about the drought.

I feel that journalism should also be a way to educate your readers, and this is an opportunity.


The case for repaving I-280: Other Voices

Los Altos and Los Altos Hills residents suffer from an aging Interstate 280. Emissions from I-280 have had an adverse effect on our citizens’ personal and financial health. The noise, air and water pollution impact all of us, as does the consequent drop in property values – approximately 14 percent lower for homes near I-280.


Public art and developer money: Editorial

Los Altos City Councilmembers last week discussed an interesting idea – applying developer fees to fund more public artwork.

Under the proposal, those looking to build in downtown Los Altos and elsewhere could either contribute a piece of art to complement their project or pay an in-lieu fee to the city so that its Public Arts Commission could recommend a piece for purchase instead. The in-lieu fee discussed is 1 percent of the total project. A $7 million project, say, would yield $70,000 for public art.


Heisenberg Selectric: The Villaj Idiut

I realize that we live in one of the wealthiest zip codes in the universe, but I will readily admit, as disturbing as it may be, that my unfettered fascination with the AMC show “Breaking Bad” often has me running around town wondering where people are cooking methamphetamines.

For instance, every time I see an RV parked on the grounds of a home in Los Altos Hills – an incongruity if there ever were one – I suspect that there are a bunch of glass beakers and red phosphorous lying around inside it.


Another dry year ahead – and flood protection?: Editor's Notebook

I stared into a clear, blue sky, the sun applying just the right amount of heat. It was short-sleeve weather, maybe a smidge above 70 degrees. And it was January.

I reminded myself how lucky we are to be in one of the best parts of the world for mild winter weather. Contrasting this to the heavy blizzards pummeling the East Coast, it seemed as if Mother Nature purposely had it out for those cranky New Englanders (I was once one of them) while the Bay Area could do no wrong.


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