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Other Voices: Don't look a LACI gift horse in the mouth

The Los Altos City Council directed commissions including Parks and Recreation to provide input on the proposed First Street Green. I attended the Sept. 13 meeting, and the Town Crier captured it well.

One thing I didn’t understand then and I still don’t – a call for a cost-benefit analysis of the proposed First Street Green. At a high level, it breaks down to this: (1) development cost to the city of Los Altos – zero, and (2) benefit to public – millions.


Flood protection key to emergency preparedness

With Hurricane Harvey and subsequent flooding in Houston, we have seen how fast an emergency can overtake our lives. Now, before the winter rains, is the perfect time for people to prepare their homes, schools and businesses, and the Santa Clara Valley Water District is doing that as well.

The theme of September’s National Preparedness Month was “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” The campaign focused on being prepared. Floods are one emergency we could face any year here in Santa Clara County, and as the county’s flood protection agency, the water district takes preparation seriously. In District 7, which includes Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, two major flood protection projects are well underway.

Other Voices: Reframing the vision of downtown Los Altos

 

How do you measure vibrancy for a downtown area? And what does “vibrancy” mean, anyhow?

Other Voices: The global language of sports

Sports is an industry that has never been compared to supersymmetric quantum mechanics. It hasn’t been awarded any Nobel Peace Prizes. However, I believe it is one of the five global languages, joining music, visual arts, religion, science and dance. For the most part, sports is civilized, but we are starting to see some fraying around the edges both on the field and in the stands.

Our media-driven society deals with instant affirmation and even speedier deconstruction. Today’s world of multimedia attention spans is measured in nanoseconds. We seem to care more about the skinny on the Kardashians than the growing epidemic of childhood obesity. Lady Gaga wearing a meat dress gets more ink than our crumbling education system. Players, coaches, owners and fans don’t think the rules pertain to them. It’s time to reflect on why we love sports and get a grip on treating the game and each other with respect.

Life in the Hills: My summer of Russia

I didn’t plan it this way. First, back in January, began some rumbling about Russia tampering with the U.S. election. In the wake of President Donald Trump’s executive orders dismantling all traces of former President Barack Obama’s legislation and impulsive, inflammatory tweets, we were all temporarily distracted. Then came the firing of FBI Director James Comey and the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller to further investigate Trump’s ties to Russia.

Amid all of this, my book group read the novel “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles. Years ago, I had read “Rules of Civility” by the same author and enjoyed it immensely. I was not, however, prepared for how much I would thoroughly appreciate his next beautifully written, well-researched book. Dense and lyrical, it reminded me of a classic Russian novel written by Dostoevsky or Tolstoy.

Other Voices: Retail is far from 'dead'

 

The Aug. 30 Town Crier article on the Downtown Vision project, “Downtown visioning scenarios lack vision, critics say,” included a comment from the previous week’s Los Altos City Council meeting: “Because we all know retail is dead. … Let’s stop that fantasy.”

Other Voices: A lifetime of advocacy for cycling safety

 

The Town Crier’s amusing “Other Voices” column on cyclists’ clothing (“Bike garb,” Aug. 16) is off-target. Dressing somewhat spectacularly while riding is generally a good idea, as I learned during my 83 years of cycling, riding more than 137,000 miles so far. That includes my rides from Seattle to Boston, and down the West Coast from Canada to Mexico. I also have enjoyed rides in various parts of Europe, Asia and Africa. Through all that, I have never been touched by a motor vehicle.


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