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Letters to the Editor

Complaints about changes unwarranted

I think that the constant complaining about the hard work, economic investment and growth in Los Altos is so unwarranted.

Having traveled across the western parts of our country this summer, I saw many towns that have not changed since the 1950s. They were sad places to be – stagnant, historical maybe, but with little benefit for their community.

We are all lucky to have a vibrant, dynamic community and a great town that keeps on getting better. As a mother of young children, I could not think of a better place to be in Silicon Valley, and when I mention I live in Los Altos to those who live elsewhere on the Peninsula, their response is always, “You are so lucky to live there! There is so much to do and so many things for families.” I agree.

Alexandra Niederauer

Los Altos

Look beyond Los Altos for new school site

Thank you to the voice of reason by Frank Verlot (“Mtn. View’s housing imbalance, LASD impact,” Aug. 6).

For many months, I have been looking for the list of sites on the north side of El Camino Real for a new district school site and to the city of Mountain View to step up to the plate. The location with the majority increase in student population is north of El Camino, so why should we locate a new school site in Los Altos? It makes no sense!

Los Altos School District Board of Trustees: Please look beyond the Los Altos borders for a school site to accommodate those kids who live in the growing neighborhoods. And yes, some corporate partnerships could be an excellent funding option.

Jennifer Janda

Los Altos

Mtn. View: Step up and help with schools

I agree with Frank Verlot’s letter regarding the school student population (“Mtn. View’s housing imbalance, LASD impact,” Aug. 6). Yes, Mountain View should step up to help Los Altos deal with this. It is irresponsible for Mountain View to continue to require developers to build new housing without helping Los Altos solve the problems this brings.

Catherine Kordsmeier

Los Altos

City, county address bicycle safety

In response to Janet M. Dobson’s Aug. 6 letter (“Resident offers wish list for Los Altos”), specifically regarding bicycle safety at Loyola Corners: I agree that there is always room for improvement.

The bridge and the roadway immediately adjacent to the bridge on the Loyola Drive side, both of which are controlled by Santa Clara County and not the city of Los Altos, are slated for improvements. Those changes include widening the bridge and installation of bike lanes on both sides of the bridge. I believe that the county may be advertising for bids sometime this fall.

A study of the Edith Avenue and Main Street intersections with Foothill Expressway was recently completed. Passerelle Investment Co. privately funded the study. The county and city both offered input, and the results and recommendations of the study have been provided to the city and county for consideration. An electronic version of the study is available at saferoutestodowntown.com.

The city developed a Bicycle Transportation Plan in 2012 and is currently completing a Pedestrian Master Plan (which will provide input useful in updating Suggested Routes to Schools within Los Altos). Information about these and other bicycle and pedestrian issues in Los Altos is available on the Los Altos Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission (BPAC) webpage at losaltosca.gov/bicyclecommission. Thank you, Ms. Dobson, for your wish list and for your concern for the well-being of bicyclists in Los Altos.

Wes Brinsfield

Chairman Los Altos Bicycle and Pedestrian

Advisory Committee

Pool would prove asset to community

We would like to express our support for a community pool as part of the first phase of the Los Altos Civic Center. Our three children learned to swim at the Covington pool. It was a busy place in summer with lessons and open swimming plus Masters swim.

Many young families and potential families are buying homes in Los Altos.

Home pools are costly and not what you want with our drought conditions. A pool would be a great asset to our city.

Del and Nat Hanson

Los Altos

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