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Letters to the Editor: Bailouts, SB 35, travel ban

Bailouts should serve people, communities

During this worldwide pandemic, it is more important than ever to celebrate May Day – or International Workers’ Day – and to advocate for all workers.

I urge everyone reading to contact their representatives to ask for economic relief for the people, not for corporations. Any bailout package must be people- and community-centered.

There are five principles advanced by #PeoplesBailout to ensure COVID-19 relief is just. In particular, this resonates: Economic relief must be provided directly to the people.

In Los Altos, we cherish our neighborhood schools, our cozy downtown, our small-town, interconnected community. Relief must be centered on those real people that make up our town, and towns across the country.

Alison Biggs

Los Altos

 

Sorensens: Just because you can ...

It disappoints us that Judge Helen Williams ruled in favor of the massive five-story building proposed by Ted and Jerry Sorensen based on California Senate Bill 35 (“Judge rules high-density downtown project can proceed,” May 6).

If built, this structure will be the beginning of the end of our quaint downtown as we know it. Other developers will attempt to do the same and before we know it, our downtown streets will look more like tunnels of office buildings than inviting sunlit streets. An old saying came to mind as we read the article: “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.”

Now that Judge Williams and SB 35 have taken away our city’s right to limit the height of downtown buildings, we’d like to appeal directly to the Sorensens: If you care about the city that has been so good to you for decades, please do not proceed with this building. Think of the potential floodgates you may be opening for developers who may only see profits and not streetscapes.

As strong advocates for property owners’ rights, we ask that you revert to a more reasonable building that blends in better with the existing structures. We believe the long-term goodwill gained will far outweigh the short-term profits.

Ken and Harriet Girdley

Los Altos

In defense of countywide travel ban

Members of our community certainly have been aware of the travel ban placed on Santa Clara County as a result of the COVID-19 national emergency. I urge everyone in Los Altos to diligently follow both the shelter-in-place and travel ban orders issued so that our community can recover faster.

While it can be frustrating to miss out on life and loved ones, I remind anyone who was hoping to travel long-distance that the position of privilege many homeowners have does not extend to everyone.

Taking strict and serious action to “flatten the curve” is much more important in densely populated areas such as this.

There is a reason we have stricter limitations – we live in a higher-risk area than most and should act accordingly.

Simply put, if you are privileged enough to have to fuss about travel at the moment, please keep in mind any flight or drive out of the area could lead to someone else’s vacation straight to the hospital.

Taylor Pomeroy

Los Altos

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