Other Voices: The double-talk ordinances

In July, the Los Altos City Council passed two ordinances that will affect the look of our town more than anything we have ever seen or imagined. Over time, they will transform the city. They permit two houses to be built on each lot, one of them a rental as close as 5 feet to the rear fence.

Candidates for city council should state whether they support the ordinances or, if elected, will rescind them. Here’s what has happened.


Haugh About That?: Life as a minimalist

Walking into my apartment, exhausted after a long day of negotiations on my recent listing in Los Altos, I stopped and looked around at the tiny space I called home. Just a year ago, I sold my beautiful five-bedroom, 3,500-square-foot home – filled with memories and pictures of my four kids on every wall – and downsized to what felt like a 780-square-foot closet. My first thought was, “I should be crying over this change.” Instead, I smiled.

Editorial: 3 excellent candidates recommended for 2 seats on Los Altos council

Five candidates are running for two open seats on the Los Altos City Council in the Nov. 6 election. Two essentially want to preserve the status quo – nothing wrong with that, because Los Altos is already a great community. But like it or not, change is coming, and we need council members with the vision to plan wisely.

We see three candidates who want to make a great community even better – they have identified ways we can improve our quality of life, in the near future and for generations to come.

Editorial: Tankha, Tyson for LAH council

Los Altos Hills is – and will continue to be – one of the most expensive places to live on the planet. According to Zillow, the median home value is in the $5 million range, with that figure up a whopping 13.8 percent over the previous year.

But to quote a familiar refrain, you get what you pay for: a quiet, rural, idyllic community with scenic foothills, only a short commute from Facebook and Google; a place with 1-acre lot minimums, low crime, friendly neighbors and even the occasional horse.

Editorial: Measure C – just say no

There are two very good reasons to vote against Measure C. Simply summed up, it’s not needed, and it could do more harm than good.

The Los Altos initiative on the Nov. 6 ballot claims to protect parks and open space from being sold to developers. It requires voter approval for any change in city-owned property, be it sale, lease or rezoning. But we’re convinced the measure’s creators’ intent isn’t necessarily saving parks, but saving parking lots – the downtown parking plazas, specifically.

Election 2018 – Paid Political Endorsement Letters

Ting: Ideal candidate for El Camino board

I have known Dr. George Ting, candidate for the El Camino Hospital Healthcare District Board of Directors, for more than 25 years from two quite different perspectives.

First, Dr. Ting represented the hospital and medical staff in overseeing the medical information system jointly developed with Lockheed, and later Technicon – the first of its kind in the world – where I had led the Lockheed/Technicon team.

Letters to the Editor: Week of Oct. 10

LASD should provide equal opportunity

I disagree with the Mountain View City Council’s stance that the 10th school site should house a neighborhood school, as stated in the Sept. 26 article in the Town Crier (“10th-site discussions miss north of El Camino Real perspective”).

The equity issue at stake is not so much the walking distance of the school; the glaring equity issue about to transpire is that such a neighborhood school would likely create a disparity in access to a top-performing school. As a former resident of the Mountain View Whisman School District, I observed that school performance in Mountain View was closely tied to the socioeconomic status of the students’ families. The schools in the more affluent parts of Mountain View clearly outperformed their less affluent counterparts. As a child of immigrant parents, I know that many immigrants would place a much higher value on access to a high-quality public education than a short walk to school.


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