Other Voices: Don't look a LACI gift horse in the mouth

The Los Altos City Council directed commissions including Parks and Recreation to provide input on the proposed First Street Green. I attended the Sept. 13 meeting, and the Town Crier captured it well.

One thing I didn’t understand then and I still don’t – a call for a cost-benefit analysis of the proposed First Street Green. At a high level, it breaks down to this: (1) development cost to the city of Los Altos – zero, and (2) benefit to public – millions.


The Villaj Idiut: Starting over after Hurricane Irma

I met Stacy and Shay Mulcare more than 30 years ago in Baltimore. They were my older sister’s “cool” friends from Towson State University.

Stacy was pretty, bubbly and vibrant. Shay had long hair in a ponytail and a thin mustache – the ’90s version of Capt. Jack Sparrow, Johnny Depp’s character in “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

Letters to the Editor: Green, downtown, and the uses of humor

Reasons new library should move downtown

Seven reasons the new modern Los Altos/Los Altos Hills library should be built in the downtown triangle:

1. Building it on Parking Plaza 8 or 3 would replace our deficient library structure sooner.

New point of view on the valley

For years, the inscrutable gray monolith had loomed over us from the summit of the forbidden mountain. Now the curse has been lifted, the prohibition ended – how could we not hurry to visit the newly opened summit of Mount Umunhum?

When I moved to the Peninsula, Mount Umunhum was an off-limits Air Force base, directing the surveillance of the wasp-tailed submarine chasers flying out of Moffett Field. With the end of the Cold War, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District purchased the summit and its surroundings, but it was still off-limits, poisoned by toxic waste left from its radar and other installations. The Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989 damaged the radar tower, making the location still more hazardous.

Letters to the Editor

Column gets bad grade from school parent

Following is an open letter to Town Crier columnist Frank Hughes.

I was very disappointed to read your recent column, “The Villaj Idiut,” in the Town Crier (“Independence Day,” Sept. 13).

Flood protection key to emergency preparedness

With Hurricane Harvey and subsequent flooding in Houston, we have seen how fast an emergency can overtake our lives. Now, before the winter rains, is the perfect time for people to prepare their homes, schools and businesses, and the Santa Clara Valley Water District is doing that as well.

The theme of September’s National Preparedness Month was “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” The campaign focused on being prepared. Floods are one emergency we could face any year here in Santa Clara County, and as the county’s flood protection agency, the water district takes preparation seriously. In District 7, which includes Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, two major flood protection projects are well underway.

Other Voices: The global language of sports

Sports is an industry that has never been compared to supersymmetric quantum mechanics. It hasn’t been awarded any Nobel Peace Prizes. However, I believe it is one of the five global languages, joining music, visual arts, religion, science and dance. For the most part, sports is civilized, but we are starting to see some fraying around the edges both on the field and in the stands.

Our media-driven society deals with instant affirmation and even speedier deconstruction. Today’s world of multimedia attention spans is measured in nanoseconds. We seem to care more about the skinny on the Kardashians than the growing epidemic of childhood obesity. Lady Gaga wearing a meat dress gets more ink than our crumbling education system. Players, coaches, owners and fans don’t think the rules pertain to them. It’s time to reflect on why we love sports and get a grip on treating the game and each other with respect.


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