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A call to reason

As a cyclist and the mother of a cyclist, I have always tended to grumble about clueless motorists on their cell phones. I now offer my most sincere apologies to those motorists I have slighted.

Today, while driving down Cuesta Avenue, I came very close to hitting a bicyclist. The bicyclist was too far away from the side of the road. In an effort to avoid hitting him, I moved as close to the center as possible - my left tires were rhythmically striking the raised yellow reflectors in the center of the road.

He approached me at the stoplight at San Antonio Road and informed me that I had almost hit him. I explained that he was too far from the side and that my tires were hitting the raised reflectors. He replied that I should have "followed behind him" and that "I didn't need to be in such a hurry." I was not exceeding the speed limit.

Exceedingly irked, I went back to the place I passed him (Los Altos Lutheran Church) and measured the width of the road from the raised center reflectors to the edge of the black surface (approximately 17 feet). My vehicle, including mirror span, is 95 inches wide. The remaining distance from my car to the edge of the black surface (excluding the 12-inch cement curb) was 9 feet!

I encourage all cyclists to speak up to cyclists who are riding unsafely or inconsiderately. These few give us all a bad image.

Jane Bindl Oi

Los Altos

Housing meetings invite public input

Los Altos began the public process for updating its housing element with a meeting last Thursday evening. The housing element of the general plan must be updated every seven years. Once adopted, this updated housing element is likely to determine where most of the new housing in Los Altos will be built over the next decade.

In addition, the revised housing element will impact a wide array of other critical issues, including climate change; the social and economic effects of the end of cheap oil; preparing for a much larger, nondriving senior population; the viability and convenience of transit, and more.

The League of Women Voters sponsored a workshop Monday, where local experts discussed the housing element update process and what residents can do to help shape the future of Los Altos to be sustainable, diverse and inclusive.

The next tentative public hearing for the Los Altos housing element update is Feb. 19, and there will be additional public meetings after that. Comments should be sent to the Community Development Department as early as possible for your input to be considered.

Susan Russell

Co-chairwoman

LWV Housing Committee

Los Altos

Los Altans of the Year offer thanks

We want to thank the Town Crier staff and all who were responsible for the tremendous party Jan. 15 at which we were named the 2008 Los Altans of the Year. We also thank all those who not only attended the event but sent personal wishes and remembrances.

The support we received from individuals, companies and non-profits was exceptional. We are truly grateful to live and volunteer in this wonderful community.

We hope that by witnessing the recognition we received, many others will be inspired to volunteer in areas of their special interest.

We look forward to continuing our volunteer support in this community.

Lois and Bob Adams

Los Altos

Good cell-phone service requires towers

"LAH council approves controversial communications tower" (Town Crier, Jan. 14) spent the bulk of the article reporting only the negative reactions of local Duval Way residents but overlooked the overwhelming desire of most Los Altos Hills residents for improved cell service.

AT&T cell coverage maps clearly show the limited coverage in the proposed area (as well as several other dead zones in Los Altos Hills and Los Altos). If Los Altos Hills and Los Altos residents want better cell service, we need to get more towers to cover the dead zones and provide the ever-increasing capacity requirements.

The Los Altos Hills City Council demonstrated its forward-thinking leadership by approving this cell tower.

Liz Henry

Barry Smith

Los Altos Hills

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