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Letters to the Editor

Ticket motorists for U-turns on Main Street

As I was walking downtown on Main Street recently, something came to me out of the blue. The town of Los Altos is missing out on a huge revenue stream. I realized that if all the cars – there were three in less than a half-hour – that make U-turns in the middle of Main Street were ticketed, we might be able to build that new community center everyone is talking about.

Just think, if we posted a policeman on a bicycle downtown and he nabbed every one of these lawbreakers and gave them a $300 ticket, the money would start piling up. Where else can you make $900 in a half-hour?

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Parade sure beats Black Friday

I hurried to downtown Los Altos on Black Friday to beat the crowds. At 7 a.m., 10 percent of the parking places were taken. Sunday night, I parked 1 mile from downtown and enjoyed our magnificent parade.

The annual parade has grown immensely in the past 30 years. This peaceful, joyous event marking religious and secular holidays is unbelievable.

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New council should review parking decisions

I think the recent Los Altos City Council approval of a license plate reader should be reviewed again now that there are two new councilmembers (“LA City Council approves stricter downtown parking measures,” Nov. 5). To have two lame ducks help stick taxpayers with a $110,000 item of dubious value begs the question: Why are we buying this?

I would be interested to know if there is supposed to be any warning given to offenders on the first overtime ticket, or if the cops will just drive around every few minutes and ring up another offense to generate more income for the city.

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Foothill thanks Rotary for support for vets

The Foothill College Veterans Resource Center’s open house Oct. 30 was spectacularly successful, thanks to the spirit and dedication of the Rotary Club of Los Altos.

Foothill College cares deeply for our veterans and could not provide the range and quality of services we do without the generosity of Rotarians and the Los Altos community. Their contributions have provided book vouchers, smartpens, laptops for loan and scholarships that have often been the tipping point for veterans remaining in school and successfully completing their educational objectives.

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Letters to the Editor

Voters say: Advantage LASD

Some clear signals just emerged from our recent murky election.

First on Measure N: The community’s commitment to educational investment managed to outweigh its fear that Bullis Charter School will disproportionately grab those funds at the expense of the rest of our schools. As a Los Altos School District parent, that point was central to every conversation I’ve heard on the topic.

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Photo promotes ‘fabricated’ event

The Town Crier’s Oct. 15 “Peek into the Past” photo from 1976 of horsemen celebrating “the bicentennial of the de Anza expedition of 1776” actually documents fabricated history.

While the de Anza expedition did arrive in Northern California in 1776, the same year the U.S. Declaration of Independence was signed, the group did not pass through Los Altos Hills.

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Tree removal should require notification

Recently, when a developer wanted to remove five beautiful Douglas fir trees, my neighbors and I discovered how tree removal occurs in Los Altos.

Although there is no requirement to notify nearby homeowners, luckily the developer was gracious enough to do so. We called in another arborist, who determined that the trees could be saved.

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