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.

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

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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: In defense of 'The Village'


While I have great respect and fondness for Town Crier Editor-in-Chief Bruce Barton, I was surprised by his Nov. 23 Editor’s Notebook (“To improve downtown parking, a little restriping could mean a lot”). While 100 percent of the Nov. 23 Letters to the Editor section opposed the downtown park, Barton’s column supported the proposal with specious arguments. And apparent disregard for what the residents want.

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: Time for a plan

Two years ago, taxpayers in the cities of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View approved a $150 million bond to help solve the immediate and real capacity issues the Los Altos School District faces.

In the two years since taxpayers agreed to fund this endeavor for the district, district officials have suspended the Facilities Master Plan Committee, spent or leveraged more than 5 percent of the total and produced only one option: a proposal to purchase the 3.79-acre office complex at 5150 El Camino Real. That option was called “dead on arrival” by Trustee Pablo Luther and prompted a letter from Bullis Charter School leadership that clearly communicated their displeasure with the notion that it could somehow be made reasonably equivalent.

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.

In search of trees: Other Voices

There weren’t any trees. That’s how it looked to me when I arrived at Stanford University. I had come with a fellowship for a doctorate in modern British history. Home was in Missouri, college in New York, both were in river valleys. I was used to an environment of deciduous trees: maples, elms, oaks, apples. I was used to a red and gold October.

Where were the trees? Palm Drive into Stanford, of course, but palms are really giant grasses, not trees. The eucalypti were fragrant and mysterious in the fog. They were as much alien to the Bay Area as I. My parents and I had driven cross-country from St. Louis in the orange Camaro convertible my father had given me for graduation (over my mother’s objections). We stayed a few nights in Yosemite. There I saw trees.

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.

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