Fri12192014

Letters to the Editor

Parents don’t necessarily make better trustees

Regarding your Aug. 27 article, “A flood of candidates seek seats on high school board,” I offer a couple of observations and some background.

Our son attended Mountain View High School from 2005-2009 – a good student academically, played sports and did not get into trouble (at least none that his father and I found out about).

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Los Altos should honor horses’ legal rights

When Los Altos was incorporated, there were five stables within town limits. The city council, dominated by realtors and developers, kicked the horses out and banned them from the streets because they didn’t fit with their “bedroom community” fantasy. The town of Los Altos Hills incorporated shortly thereafter in order to preserve their right to keep horses.

However, what the city of Los Altos failed to notice when it passed the ban on horses on roads is that such a ban is a violation of the state vehicle code. The law has no ground to stand on.

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Consider cost of community pool

The Los Altos Pool Foundation flier paints an attractive picture of a community pool but omits one key fact: the cost.

Pool enthusiasts base their presentation on Menlo Park’s Burgess Pool, which is leased to an outside firm that assumes sole financial responsibility for operation, maintenance and expenses (including locker rooms and showers) and utilities including electrical, gas and water.

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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.

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With more people come more changes

The July 15 Town Crier featured a letter (titled “Column on construction garners support”) bemoaning the tall, ugly buildings sitting too close to the sidewalks and the loss of village character in Los Altos and Palo Alto.

I, too, am unhappy to see this take place. But as one who grew up in Morgan Hill, Sausalito, Berkeley, Los Gatos and Los Altos Hills since 1947 (and with many years also in Massachusetts and Texas), I have seen vast changes, all predominantly the result of many, many more people – all needing a place to live and work.

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Resident offers wish list for Los Altos

I have a wish. Before the Los Altos City Council crowns any more Tech Royalty with permits to transform downtown Los Altos, I wish that our council would cast its attention to the outlying business areas in our small city.

For example, over the years, Loyola Corners and Woodland Acres have been promised changes in traffic flow, master plans, bridge repairs and business-friendly assistance. None of these needs or plans has been addressed. Instead, we are encouraged to travel downtown to struggle to find a place to park and admire some newcomer’s idea of living in “The Village.”

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Coyote preservation called into question

A recent article in the Town Crier alluded to increased coyote activity in the Los Altos Hills area (“Drought may cause increased coyote activity,” July 2). It also cites an increase in the number of domestic pets likely killed by coyotes. Then it describes how the town of Los Altos Hills has installed “Coyote Advisory – No Dogs Allowed” signs in Byrne Preserve to allow the coyotes to nurture their cubs in peace.

It would seem that the town is trying to assist the successful propagation of more coyotes at Byrne Preserve, which in effect will result in the death of more house pets on adjacent properties. This sounds similar to the “do-gooders” who successfully reintroduced wolves into Yellowstone Park and then showed surprise when the elk and cattle herds nearby were decimated.

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