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Letters to the Editor

Streamline rules for in-law units

It is good to hear the city of Los Altos is exploring ways to increase affordable housing by encouraging accessory dwelling units (“In-laws incoming?” April 12).

The article detailed some of the discussion at a recent Planning and Transportation Commission meeting on the subject. The Los Altos City Council will be taking up the subject of revising the current Municipal Code for accessory dwelling units at an upcoming meeting.

Other Voices: Educational foundation celebrates schools

Families from throughout the Los Altos School District will gather at the Junior Olympics Saturday. This day is more than just a chance for some friendly competition among students and schools – it is a celebration of our community and how much our schools contribute to making Los Altos a great place to raise a family.

As part of this tradition, the Los Altos Educational Foundation (LAEF) presents the district with a check representing the culmination of our fundraising efforts – $3.7 million this year. We will achieve this impressive goal thanks to all our donors, large and small, within the parent community and beyond, as well as extensive corporate matching funds. These donations provide for the programs that enhance learning for every student from transitional kindergarten through eighth grade in the Los Altos School District.

From the City Manager's Desk: Downtown Vision project needs your feedback

Over the last several years, there have been many community discussions regarding development projects and how they may or may not fit the character of Los Altos. Ask one person what makes Los Altos unique and you might hear comments about its small-town charm, yet someone else may remark about the specialty shops they can only find in Los Altos. As a new resident, I’m coming to find my own definition of what makes Los Altos such a wonderful place to live.

As stewards of your city, the Los Altos City Council and staff have initiated a community vision process for the downtown area. The Downtown Vision effort will include multiple opportunities for the community to engage in the process and share ideas. The objective of the process is to gather feedback from all community members to identify the most preferred direction for maintaining and enhancing the vitality of downtown Los Altos. For the Downtown Vision project to be successful, we need to hear from you.

No Shoes, Please: Flying those 'Friendly Skies'

We’ve all seen the video of Dr. David Dao being booted off a United Airlines plane, his face bloodied, his abdomen exposed.

Due to the company’s already well-deserved reputation for abysmal customer service, frequent flyers and the public at large regarded the incident as shocking, but not particularly surprising. Therefore, when a man in his late 60s gets dragged down the aisle of an airplane – suffering a concussion, damage to his sinuses and the loss of two teeth – plenty of people sardonically viewed it as part and parcel of “Flying the Friendly Skies.”

Grandma envy: Haugh About That?

Coming home from another baby shower, I threw my purse across the room, clenched my fingers into a fist, and screamed, “If I hear one more time how wonderful being a grandparent is, I think I’ll kill myself! No, better yet, I’ll kill that nauseating grandmother. It can’t be that good!”

Pouring myself a glass of wine to calm my annoyance from all the ooey-gooey gurgling about how cute, funny, precious and sweet they are, as if grandchildren were the be-all and end-all (and without them you’re nothing), I plopped down on the couch, prepared to have a surly pity party. But as I took the first sip, I instantly fell into tears.

Letters to the Editor

What happened to courtesy on job site?

Several decades ago, when construction began to get heavy in Los Altos, the Planning Department agreed to show some consideration to surrounding neighborhoods. They created a handout titled “Courtesy on the Job Site” and distributed it to contractors along with their building permits. The “courtesy” involved unnecessary noise, particularly loud radios, along with a list of other requirements.

Why is this no longer done?

Letters to the Editor

First Street park would enhance charm

I agree wholeheartedly with the sentiment expressed in Asher Kohn’s article in the March 29 Town Crier (“Have we lost that Los Altos feeling?”). We need more buildings in Los Altos like the Packard Foundation headquarters, and the “village charm” of Los Altos can be maintained even as we develop a vibrant downtown.

To preserve the village look and feel, we can use scale and design. Buildings that come up to the lot line but conform to city code can (as we have seen) create a canyon effect, but new buildings need not go all the way to the edge of the property line. They can instead be stepped back so that any third-story element is basically invisible from the adjacent sidewalks, and trees and green space can be an integral part of their plans, as the Packard building has successfully shown.

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