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Letters to the Editor

Thanks to Satake family for ECH donation

I wanted to thank the Satake family not only for their $1 million gift to Fulfilling the Promise at El Camino Hospital, but also for sharing their personal story of depression (“Mountain View family gives $1M for mental health care facility at El Camino,” Dec. 22).

So many families in our community are impacted by their loved ones’ struggles with mental illness.

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Shedding light on Loyola Bridge project

One of your readers recently raised concerns about the street lighting on the Loyola Bridge replacement project (“Simitian ‘misprepresented’ Loyola Bridge lighting,” Dec. 16).

Our County Roads and Airports Department has confirmed that the three lights in question are consistent with the project plans that were shared with the community. The one light at Frontero was an existing light that was replaced; the other two lights (both sides of Granger) are new lights. These lights are designed to increase safety for pedestrians and bicyclists, and ensure compliance with Americans with Disabilities requirements.

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Parking loss offset by quality of life

I feel that I must comment on a recent letter discussing the efforts made in downtown by Passerelle Investment Co., especially citing the State Street Green (“Beware the flipside to Passerelle’s improvements,” Dec. 16).

As local residents, we thoroughly enjoyed the Green and found it heavily used by many people, both in the daytime and evenings.

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Civic center school site should not be option

Placing a school on Los Altos Civic Center property needs to be taken off the table until visioning of the civic center, Loyola Corners and downtown is complete and approved by a vote of the citizens.

The Los Altos School District is looking at the civic center as a possible new location for its next school (“Los Altos school-site talks to resume in January,” Dec. 9), and it was also brought up by the Los Altos City Council as an option at the post-Measure A meeting.

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Holiday Fund recipient expresses thanks

All of us at Sunday Friends extend a heartfelt thank you to the more than 1,000 community members who participated in this year’s Holiday Shopping Spree. We are so grateful.

At Hillsdale Target on two Friday evenings in November, teams of enthusiastic shoppers of all ages turned their donations into holiday gifts for moms, dads and children – five vans full! The gifts have turned our Treasure Chest store, which normally offers basic necessities, into a gift and toy shop. Sunday Friends families can “purchase” gifts using tickets they’ve earned by learning, contributing and sharing at our Sunday programs throughout the year. They will actually be able to experience the joy of giving gifts to their loved ones this Christmas, many for the very first time.

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Rearranging bike lanes won’t solve problem

Regarding the Nov. 3 death of a cyclist at the Page Mill Road/I-280 interchange, some think that rearranging bike lanes will fix the problem, but they are dead wrong. Bike lanes provide only imaginary safety and are a waste of paint.

My cycling career began approximately 25 years before bike lanes began appearing, and everything had worked fine as long as the right lane was wide enough for motorists to pass cyclists safely. Then some dimwit cyclist imagined that painting a line on the pavement would somehow protect him or her and sold that idea to others who live in fantasy worlds.

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Bikeable city creates responsibility for all

Thank you to Emily Cai for stating so clearly in her letter how important it is to do just that – drive carefully (“Drive safely – lives are on the line,” Nov. 4).

If we needed more reminders, the recent pedestrian fatality on El Monte Avenue and the student struck while crossing San Antonio Road at Pine Lane should be more than enough to bring this lesson home.

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