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Letters to the Editor

Orchard preservation worth celebrating

Everyone in Los Altos should celebrate the recent Los Altos City Council decision to preserve the Heritage Orchard and Hillview Community Center and Park for all in our city. This vote ended discussions with the Los Altos School District to put a school on this valuable, historical property.

Los Altos has the smallest acreage per capita dedicated to parks, open space and recreation of any city in the Bay Area. Leasing or selling the small amount we have to a school district with four times that acreage would not have been good stewardship.

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Clean energy initiative allows local control

GreenTown Los Altos applauds the city councils of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills for joining Silicon Valley Clean Energy.

This new, local nonprofit public agency will buy clean, renewably sourced electricity and help us meet our Climate Action Plan goals. PG&E will still deliver the electricity and send us the bill, but we will get cleaner electricity at very competitive rates.

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Is eminent domain fair to landowners?

In December, I got a mailing from the Sempervirens Fund asking for donations for the 125,000-acre Great Park to link up and protect the redwood forests from Silicon Valley to the Pacific Ocean. Linked to the Great Park is a possible expansion of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District.

Since the 1900s, my husband’s family has had property within this area that we cherish as part of our legacy. I am part of a group of approximately 250 people who own 60 parcels of land, of which Sempervirens currently owns two parcels. Our area is a prime acquisition target because of Waddell Creek and Big Basin’s trail to the ocean, even though the redwoods are second or third growth, not old growth.

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Model could improve LA government

The rejection of Measure A in November tells me that the Los Altos City Council does not have a set of sound principles in conducting its business. As a result, a lot of time, money and effort were wasted.

We need to learn from this mistake. I propose to the council that it should run Los Altos as a successful business (e.g., Google Inc.). The organization is there:

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Kudos to Town Crier for goals editorial

Bravo to the Town Crier for its Jan. 20 editorial, “Some goals to accomplish in 2016.” It is great to see the Town Crier take a leadership role. The paper highlighted six goals that no resident could disagree with:

1. Finalize the Los Altos School District enrollment-growth plan.

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Don’t waste money on bus lane

While I am not sure that I agree with the author of the recent letter regarding the proposed bus lanes on El Camino Real – either on the beneficiaries of the proposal or the constituency of those who speak at Valley Transportation Authority meetings – I do have to speak out on the idea of a bus lane on El Camino (“VTA bus lane benefits consultants,” Jan. 27).

Listen, folks, no one is going to start riding buses enough to make this or any other mass transit proposal viable until we are unable to buy gasoline to fuel the lifestyle that has become second nature to Americans. Why spend millions of dollars to benefit a handful of people who are only riding the bus because they have absolutely no other choice?

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The Rotary Club of Los Altos has scheduled its annual Cioppino Feed 6 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Garden House at Shoup Park, 400 University Ave.

The Cioppino Feed launched in 1972 and now benefits the student veterans at the Veterans Resource Center at Foothill College.

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