Editorial: Housing crisis a problem for all

A headline last week in a local paper read: “Housing crisis ‘On the Table’ – but what good is talking about it?”

The answer is: plenty good. That was the message that came across from a series of “On the Table” meetings last week organized in part by Silicon Valley Community Foundation under the direction of the Knight Foundation. The Los Altos Women’s Caucus sponsored one such Nov. 15 discussion focusing on what affluent communities such as Los Altos and Los Altos Hills can do to address the problem.


Editorial: Giving thanks

Festival of Lights
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The Los Altos Festival of Lights "Snow Queen" waves to fans during the 2016 parade.

On the eve of Thanksgiving, we pause from our turkey dinner preparations to give thanks.

Thanks to the volunteers who make the Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade a success every year. This year marks the parade’s 40th anniversary. The parade, with its Santa float, marching bands and costumed fairy-tale characters, is scheduled 6 p.m. Sunday along Main and State streets.

Editorial: The dog days of August – thumbs-up

In the wake of recent events, we’re all thumbs.

Thumbs-up: To Community Services Agency of Mountain View and Los Altos. The agency, helping those in need since 1957, recently partnered with the city of Mountain View to serve the area’s growing homeless population. Now, in the wake of CSA’s 60th anniversary celebration last Saturday, CSA’s help is needed more than ever.

Editorial: A shout-out to Hillview Task Force

The 11-member Hillview Community Center Project Task Force is nearing the end of a five-month process for bringing into focus plans for a rebuilt community center.

Task force members should be proud of what they’ve accomplished. Starting with a general budget number of $25 million and little else, the group has successfully processed all kinds of community input, both in person and online, and brought on an excellent architect.

Editorial: First St. park worth moving forward

The Los Altos City Council’s inclination last week to move forward with a proposal for the First Street Green was not only the right move – it was the only appropriate move to make.

Developer Los Altos Community Investments is proposing a half-acre park/plaza on a city-owned parking lot across from Safeway on First Street. A memorandum of understanding allows exclusive negotiations between LACI and the city to create a permanent green space, complete with natural grass, tables and umbrellas, and a staging area for occasional performances. LACI is picking up the tab for the park’s construction.

Editorial: First St. Green demise a lost opportunity

The decision two weeks ago to pull plans for a large office building and adjacent park on First Street made some people glad that another anxious moment had passed – the threat to their “sleepy” downtown village had been averted. For those who favor downtown vibrancy, however, the news came as a big disappointment.

Obviously, there are many reactions in between – still others might have preferred housing or some other use in that area – but the controversial project did draw a line in the sand between those opposed to change and development and those in favor of it.

PTC sends right message on 40 Main: Editorial

We’re encouraged to hear members of the Los Altos Planning and Transportation Commission say that they are willing to work with two frustrated Los Altos developers in their nearly nine-year quest to build an office building at the northern gateway to the downtown area.

Commissioners June 15 discussed the latest iteration of a three-story office building proposal from Ted and Jerry Sorensen for their 40 Main St. property. The plans met with objections heard before: nonconforming building height, not enough parking. But positives also surfaced: more office space for the sleepy end of downtown, a design complementing the “village-y” style of neighboring buildings.


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