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Letters to the Editor

What’s the point of new Community Coalition?

I read with some shock in a recent issue that two former mayors and some 20 “member organizations” have formed a lobbying group called the Los Altos Community Coalition to help the city “move quickly to develop a plan and vision for the city core” (“New organization supports downtown, civic center development,” May 6).

It was only a few years ago that Los Altos approved a new plan for the downtown that included three-story structures, street improvements and the elimination of many parking spaces. New development quickly followed that was very controversial, including new mammoth buildings on First Street and a boutique hotel.

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U.S. complicit in genocide over centuries

I would like to comment on the Town Crier’s thought-provoking column “A genocide forgotten – and repeated” (April 29).

While much of the world demands recognition of the Armenian genocide, we in the U.S. must face up to our own role in orchestrating mass killings beginning with the genocide of Native Americans, Vietnamese, Laotians and Cambodians – wars that caused the death of millions of civilians.

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Is Shoup House renovation newsworthy?

As a University Avenue resident, I want to publicly welcome the new owners of the historic Shoup House to our neighborhood.

I look forward to seeing how the Copeland family has chosen to update the home’s interior to reflect their family’s needs and personality.

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Review and amend water conservation program

As a cyclist who participated in the recent Lawn Be Gone Bike Tour, let me offer an alternative perspective.

In 2013, when it became apparent that we were heading for a drought, I decided to replace the small lawn in my backyard with synthetic grass and shut off my sprinkler system.

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Homeowner flouts water restrictions

I was out for an afternoon walk last week and saw a home’s lawn sprinklers going full blast. The homeowners probably heard about the 25 percent cut in consumption, but assumed they were part of the 75 percent not required to reduce.

That reminded me, though, that as of April 1, California snowpack was 5 percent of normal. Wouldn’t that mean the entire state should be cutting back by 95 percent?

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All should observe LAH zoning ordinances

Regarding the Town Crier’s article on high-density development in Los Altos Hills (“‘Substandard’ lot development rankles LAH residents,” April 8), the Mora Drive developer proposes gross violations of setbacks, providing as small as one-third of the town’s required setback space.

Forrest Linebarger, the developer, subdivided his own property and is now asking our town to grant him variances because he did not leave himself enough space to build.

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Vote out those who endorse development

Thank you for publishing the list of Los Altos City Councilmembers who rejected the urgently needed downtown development moratorium (“Council axes First Street development moratorium,” March 18).

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