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Letter to the Editor

LAH should examine short-term rentals

I used to think that a short-term rental (Airbnb style) was operated by someone who has a spare bedroom to share and was thus not a big issue. Living in Los Altos Hills, I was surprised to find out that one of my neighbors in a small cul-de-sac is renting out all five bedrooms of his house to transient renters and is applying to add four more bedrooms to his house.

We can’t tell what the additional rooms are intended for, but naturally no one looks forward to having a nine-bedroom motel right next door that brings in strangers to our neighborhood every day and night.


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Is 15 mph speed limit really effective?

Now that school is out for the summer, this is a good time to reflect on our new 15 mph school zone speed limits.

How many of you truly drove 15 mph through these zones? I am guessing very few of you. I would go 15 mph every time I was in one of the school zones at the start and end of school hours, and not once did I encounter another 15 mph driver. Every time I drove 15 mph, the cars ahead of me would gain distance from me, and the cars behind me would pile up at my bumper. Once I entered one of these zones behind a Google self-driving car, and even it gained distance in front of me as I crawled along at 15 mph. (As a side note, I wonder how those cars know if “Children Are Present.”) Many kids biking to school would be going faster than I was driving. They would look at me, I suspect, wondering why I was driving along beside them nearly at their speed.

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American Legion supports Veterans Plaza

American Legion Post 558 fully supports the renaming of Community Plaza to honor the men and women who have served our country honorably in response to direction from our commander-in-chief, the president.

Those who have served know well that the use of military power is a last resort to protect our interests after all other instruments of national power, such as political and economic measures, have failed. Veterans know, more than anyone, the lasting physical and emotional impacts of serving in wartime and do not relish this experience nor wish anyone else experiences it. Despite this, our veterans were always ready, when they were in uniform, to respond without question, to direction from the president, often at the possible cost of their lives.

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Los Altos coyotes must be removed

There have been several coyote attacks in highly populated areas, in broad daylight, in the South Clark Avenue area of Los Altos recently.

These aggressive hunter-scavengers represent a clear danger, not only to pets, but to children and fragile adults. Humans that are bitten or even nipped could be required to undergo the rabies prophylaxis regimen.

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Land purchase is best option for school district

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees made a decision to pursue the purchase of an additional school site at its June 13 board meeting.

While we are excited about the possibilities for an innovative new school on this site, the purchase is not yet final. Rather, the board’s decision is to formally pursue a purchase. If negotiations are successful, the board will review and vote on a term sheet at the end of June, at which time the major terms would be made public. We would then have an extended period of time – the contingency period – wherein we would seek community input and perform our due diligence. At the end of the process, the final binding purchase decision would be made by the board.

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Bring Singer bust back to its ‘rightful’ place

It is a shame that the bust of our beloved “Mr. Los Altos,” Walter Singer, has been relegated to a dusty storage warehouse.

We don’t know why it was taken away. The longer it is gone, the more people will forget his outstanding contributions to our community.

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‘Housewives’ column much ado about nothing

Goodness. What a to-do about nothing. Look how many people took time to write about that housewives column (“Housewives of LA,” May 18). Amazing.

Being one of those housewives, although I do know Two Buck Chuck and don’t have a chauffeur – unless you count the self-driving cars – I am not particularly offended. I am only offended by the fact that it was supposed to be humorous, I guess, but didn’t quite make it.


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