“Ching chong nee how ma!”
“Ching chong nee how ma!”
The unfortunate conflict between Kenan Moos, a young Black man, and Lynette Lee Eng, the Asian-American Los Altos City Council member, laid bare the need to broaden our discourse around race as being more than just between the “white” or the “system” against racial minorities. In an increasingly diverse, multi-racial, multi-ethnic state like California, where no race or ethnicity is a majority of the population, conflicts do and will arise between or among historically marginalized groups, and we need to find ways to address them civilly and fairly.
The din surrounding the mention of the names of Kenan Moos and Los Altos City Councilmember Lynette Lee Eng is fueled by many individuals who are not willing to confront their own (gendered) racism.
The following is an open letter to Mayor Kavita Tankha and members of the Los Altos Hills City Council.
We, as previous mayors and council members, want to weigh in on City Manager Carl Cahill’s outstanding record of service to the town and emphasize the importance of his institutional memory in maintaining the unique character of Los Altos Hills.
My two teenagers, though faced with all the disappointments, cancellations and restrictions of our COVID times, have individual passions that have sustained and motivated them – a saving grace this past year. My Los Altos High School sophomore son, combining his love of art, music and history, has built a beautiful, functional clavichord (historical keyed wooden instrument) and is now creating a harpsichord. While my St. Francis High freshman daughter has not played competitive basketball for 11 months, she continues to spend hours shooting hoops and practicing drills in our driveway. These passion projects give my kids something to look forward to every day – every day that they aren’t seeing friends and participating in traditional high school events and activities as we stick close to home.
Two bills currently moving toward passage in the California State Legislature could change the character of neighborhoods across the state. If passed, Senate bills 9 and 10 will remove local control of zoning regulations and allow multifamily units everywhere. Residents should oppose both proposals. If passed, neither one will solve the housing shortage, certainly not the shortage of affordable or low-cost housing.
As a neighbor who lives within a few hundred yards of Redwood Grove and the Halsey House, I have followed the issue of renovating the Halsey House and caring for the beautiful and unique Redwood Grove Nature Preserve for years.