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Mayor: Reconsider community center plans

Following is an open letter to Los Altos Mayor Megan Satterlee.

The Community Center Master Plan is a travesty. Please be aware of the reality: "If it’s not broken, don’t fix it."

What consultants Anderson Brulé Architects propose is not only wastefully expensive, but it does not address the only true problem for the present and future. The school properties provide excellent space for all children and moms to participate in necessary sports activities.

Plan intelligently. City hall, the police station, the theater and the History House do not require changes, and the former Hillview School represents an ideal position for seniors and other group activities. The only consideration by city council members should be additional parking.

Jerry Kelly

Los Altos

Dayworker center provides valuable aid

We are writing regarding the uproar over allowing the Day Worker Center of Mountain View to own and renovate a totally ugly building on Escuela Avenue.

Do you shortsighted neighbors really prefer having these hardworking people stand on street corners where there is no control or oversight? At the center, they keep track of the workers and the employers so that you have some idea if the worker is able to perform the tasks required or not. Also, a few days after you employ someone, the center calls to ask if he or she performed properly and did the job well. What more could you ask?

We have hired these people to help us several times and have been totally satisfied each time. We are in our 80s and cannot do all the things we used to do to keep our property in good condition.

Please do not take this very valuable and exemplary resource away from us. The Judicial Watch People and neighborhood naysayers should be ashamed of themselves.

Herb and Deana Lewis

Los Altos

Modernization plan should be approved

The Los Altos Planning Commission and City Council should approve the planned modernization and remodel of Pilgrim Haven facilities.

Several recent letters to the Town Crier have called it a "three-story, 30-foot-tall facility," implying that this is unusual or unacceptable. In fact, our city allows the 30-foot height limitation for any housing in residential areas. Indeed, many of the two-story homes in our community are 30-feet high.

The current Pilgrim Haven design has evolved after more than three years of discussion with designers, city planners and the surrounding neighborhood. The project meets code requirements and includes numerous compromises to accommodate neighborhood concerns.

Pilgrim Haven is acknowledged as a top-rate retirement and care facility. It has been an asset throughout its 60-year existence in our city.

This project should be approved, allowing Pilgrim Haven to continue caring for the needs of our senior community.

Norbert Kordsmeier

Los Altos

Thanks to LAEF president, volunteers

On behalf of the Los Altos School District board and our community, I would like to thank Teresa Kersten for her years as president of the Los Altos Educational Foundation, as well as thank the other LAEF board members, volunteers and generous donors for their support of LAEF (www.laefonline.org) to once again achieve the annual donation goal of $1.92 million.

Our community clearly values education even during these challenging times.

We wish incoming LAEF president Glenn Goldberg the best and pledge to help support our top-rated schools, which determine the character of our community.

David Pefley,

president,

Los Altos School District

Board of Trustees

Los AltosLAHS festival bans student film

The 2009 Los Altos High School Film Festival began and ended on a sour note. Two hours before the April 20 festival, Principal Wynne Satterwhite banned the film that had been viewed and selected as best by the Film Analysis students, as well as had met all the requirements of the English Department for entry in the festival. Although not written, Satterwhite stated that precedent ruled the film was also disqualified from being judged on its otherwise technical merits as well. Months of student work and pride in their accomplishment went down the tubes.

Satterwhite's comments were that the film was racist and she did not like it as it did not represent the high school in a positive manner. The film was written, produced and cast using more than a dozen Los Altos High students from five different major ethnic groups. Its theme was video-game addiction and gang violence – both topics well known at the high school.

Although the disappointment of not having their film judged in the film festival will never be erased from the memories of the students involved, Principal Satterwhite can make this right by having the film viewed and judged by the same panel that judged the six other festival entries. This act could help ease the discontent brewing on the Los Altos High campus as to why their principal banned this film from the festival even though Film Analysis students and teachers had viewed it, and considered to be just fine.

Nancy Lennartsson

Los Altos

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