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Letters to the Editor

Silent majority, please speak up

At the Los Altos Hills Planning Commission meeting held March 19, Commissioner Jim Abraham stated that he believes many people in town do not want to continue to develop our pathway system and that some of our council members feel the same. I thought that people appreciate how the development of our pathways, for example, the Fremont Road and Arastradero paths turned out.

As the Planning Commission will continue to review the Circulation and Scenic Roadways Element of the town, now is the time to make known your feelings about our town development.

As the town council has put on the agenda for 6 p.m. Monday (March 30) meeting to discuss changing (and in my opinion, beginning to dismantle)  the pathway element of the general plan, having your input at this time is crucial to maintaining the vision of our original town founders.

The circulation element, the housing element and the pathway element are all part of the general plans for the town. They should all have the same vision for planning how our town moves into the future.  If we allow the plans to be dismantled, we will not be living in the Los Altos Hills we know today. And if the majority of my neighbors agree with the radical changes, I need to know that so I can sell before my property values are ruined.


Eileen Gibbons

Los Altos Hills

PAUSD offers high-level education

In catching up with past issues of the Town Crier after a long trip, we were surprised and sad to read John Radford’s statement as a Los Altos Hills City Councilman (“LAH Council Roundup,” Feb. 25).

Addressing the superintendent of the Palo Alto Unified School District about the upcoming parcel tax, Radford said: “We have been bled to death by your school district and received little or nothing in return.”

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Letters to the Editor

Forbid cellphone tracking in area

Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith has purchased a surveillance device without adequate public debate about policies and procedures for their use (“Cellphone tracking technology comes to Los Altos Hills,” March 11).

Worse, the agreement she has executed bars her from sharing with the public any details of exactly what capabilities this device may grant to her. “Trust us,” she says.

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Letters to the Editor

Parking problems date back to ’80s

Reflection on the Town Crier’s article “Citywide Parking Committee to take stock, seek solutions” (March 4) caused me to chuckle.

I worked as a pharmacist for both of the two independent pharmacies previously located downtown from 1984 to 2011. Both of my employers spent countless hours during those years attending various “parking committee meetings” to address the parking shortage, particularly evident during the noon hour.

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Keep residential parking for residents

Thank you for the Feb. 11 article drawing attention to an ongoing issue in our neighborhood (“LA council approves amended medical-parking ordinance”).

Our family lives on Loucks Avenue, behind Adobe Animal Hospital. We recently counted 15 Adobe employee cars parked on our street alone. Sadly, we know their vehicles because they have been parking in front of our home for years.

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Priority should be finding site for BCS

The Town Crier’s Feb. 11 article “Parents upset with enrollment-growth options” was informative but failed to communicate why parents are displeased. I attended the meeting on which you reported to express my concern about the process the Facilities Master Plan Committee (FMPC) has followed and where that process has led them.

The FMPC narrowed its focus to seven options through a process of brainstorming followed by majority vote. The first option involves acquiring a site on which to build a school for Bullis Charter School. The remaining six options all involve closing, moving and/or breaking up one or more neighborhood schools. The FMPC appears to have assumed that Bullis Charter School would be located on a single site not shared with others, and options that might involve cooperation with local cities do not appear to have been considered.

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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).

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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.

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