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Letters to the Editor

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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Voters deserve facts, not marketing gimmicks

I just got something in the mail from the city that has me wondering, once again, what the heck is going on at city hall.

It was a beautifully produced, slickly laid-out, 15-page “City of Los Altos Annual Report.” I’ll bet it cost me, the taxpayer, a packet of money.

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Measure A: ‘Lopsided’ defeat sends message

The failure of Measure A does not mean that the voters are against an improved Hillview Community Center. A less-ambitious project would pass easily – the deteriorating facilities need refurbishing.

I voted “no” because it was a way to express frustration at the continued over-the-top development of our town that is causing such disgruntlement among many longtime residents.

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Measure A: Now what?

I was on the Yes for Measure A team and we made over 10,000 phone calls starting in August to reach voters in Los Altos and tell them about the community center project.

We got a lot of feedback and I compiled it into a list of the top 5 reasons to vote for or against the measure.

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VTA bus-lane plan features ‘flaws’

The Valley Transportation Authority’s commissioned study of traffic impact on El Camino Real for dedicated bus lanes has several flaws.

Bias in favor of the project was built in because VTA put up the money to commission the study and presented it piecemeal to the various cities along the proposed route following a divide-and-conquer strategy.

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