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A vote for development: Other Voices

When I read the recent column “The death of a village” (“Other Voices,” Feb. 1), I hesitated writing a response given how emotional I believe this issue is for many longtime residents. But while the sentiment here is genuine, the recommendation is too far out of line with what I believe Los Altos needs.

For background, I grew up in the area, moving to Los Altos Hills in 1985 at the age of 10. So I have some long-term perspective on life in Los Altos, particularly from the point of view of someone who grew up here and is now trying to raise a family here.


Fake news and the slippery slope to ignorance: Editor's Notebook

Long ago, a company named Memorex boasted about the quality of its recording product by asking, “Is it live or is it Memorex?”

Fast forward to today. In this hyper-information age of the internet and social media, some of us are posing that Memorex question a different way: Is this information we’re reading real or is it fake?

An 'Arrival' in Los Altos: Editor's Notebook


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Our brave photographer managed to take this shot of the alien ship at the corner of El Monte Avenue and Springer Road. Surely, its invisible occupants are up to no good.

I had just seen the recent blockbuster film “Arrival,” a story about 12 giant black olives that appear in various parts of the world, hovering just off the ground. The film stars Amy Adams as a linguist who figures out how to communicate with the alien visitors inside the olives.

It was with this in mind that I came across our own “Arrival” in Los Altos: a glowing, white object standing in the otherwise tranquil mini-park at the El Monte Avenue and Springer Road intersection.

Other Voices: The death of a village

I’ve lived in the South Bay my entire 79 years. I’ve watched the valley be destroyed by “progress.”

Yes, I’m a traditionalist. I moved to Los Altos 40 years ago because it was one of the last bastions of sensible development. But it appears, in recent years, that this is changing.

Other Voices: On parking and parks

It is great to see discussions started regarding downtown parking/restriping and a proposed new downtown park. It’s a good way to help kick-start our downtown visioning process.

The various responses clearly indicate that we need to gain knowledge about such proposals before asserting whether or not such proposals have merit. For example, restriping downtown parking lots would offer multiple benefits:

Other Voices: A history of horses

Los Altos Hills is unique in its commitment to supporting equestrian activities.

The town boasts several larger equestrian facilities, including Westwind Community Barn, which is owned by the town and offers community lessons, boarding, trails and training. There’s also Fremont Hills Stables, Maple Leaf Farm and Rancho de las Reinas, where Kristen Zuraek offers western riding lessons.

Other Voices: Eager to work for LASD students

The recent passage of Measure GG to renew expiring parcel-tax funding for our schools reminded me just how grateful I am to be part of a community that deeply values education.

As I step into my new role on the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees, I am excited to continue this area’s rich history of academic excellence and tackle issues facing our community. Enrollment growth is far and away one of the most pressing issues. Having served as co-chairwoman of the campaign to pass Measure N in 2014, I am honored to hit the ground running to address this important issue and solidify a long-term plan that can serve current and future generations.


Submit a Letter to the Editor

The Town Crier welcomes letters to the editor on current events pertinent to Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View. Write to us at 138 Main St., Los Altos 94022, Attn: Editor, or email editor Bruce Barton at bruceb@latc.com. Because editorial space is limited, please confine letters to no more than 200 words. Include a phone number for verification purposes. Anonymous letters will not be printed.

You can also have your say right here at losaltosonline.com – scroll to the bottom of any story to add a comment. 

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