Welcome to central planning: Other Voices

As Americans, we pride ourselves on being self-governing. So why are residents of Mountain View and Los Altos silent in face of the frantic reconstruction along El Camino Real?

El Camino is becoming an amalgam of four-story block structures shoved up against the sidewalk. Why do we tolerate the decisions, which are making driving around the valley so much worse?

Los Altos should celebrate its history: Other Voices

Several weeks ago I was delighted to open the Los Altos Town Crier and see a 1915 photograph of my grandfather, Claude Cyrus Taylor, and my great-grandfather, Charles Hammill, amid their orchards on Pine Lane.

I was struck by the irony of the controversy surrounding the temporary pop-up park and my grandfather’s lasting legacy building quality homes of permanence that I still pass by every day. This was work he did as our region began to change from agricultural to residential.

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.

Other Voices: SVCEA and greenhouse gas emissions


The Silicon Valley Clean Energy Authority (SVCEA) will switch all Los Altos customers from PG&E unless those customers actively opt out of this change.

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?

Other Voices: Clearing up misconceptions about charter schools


The nomination of Betsy DeVos as U.S. education secretary has sparked a contentious debate about the role of public education and school choice in this country. Despite the disagreements, I’m grateful that so many new voices have entered the conversation about how our public education system can best serve students.

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.

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