Letters to the Editor

Children’s Corner serves working parents

I am a distressed citizen worried about the potential lack of space for the local preschool Children’s Corner at the new Hillview Community Center.

I myself graduated from Children’s Corner in 2006. I believe that it is a cornerstone of the education in the great city of Los Altos.

Other Voices: Outrage over Children's Corner lease

The Los Altos City Council recently announced its intention to sign a 20-year lease with the privately owned Children’s Corner, obligating the city to construct the preschool a 3,000-square-foot building and provide it with 3,500 square feet of dedicated open space, totaling 6,500 square feet. Worse, the council plans the building to be set just a pathway apart from the new Hillview Community Center.

The city has conducted its process with zero community engagement, also declining to answer residents’ requests to explain why they refuse to issue a request for proposal for a competitive bid. Additionally, it’s a violation of the council’s promise early this year to include “community outreach” as a council priority for every significant project.

Letters to the Editor

Let’s keep library in rural setting

We heartily concur with Barry Smith’s letter of Oct. 25, which praises the Los Altos main library’s current setup (“Los Altos Library setup inspires ‘total satisfaction’”).

Our family visits the library every week for books, computer needs and classes, and we are very happy with it.

Editor's Notebook: A weekly reminder of mortality

This past week hasn’t been a good one for me. From an existential point of view, it’s been filled with sadness, wistfulness and a feeling of betrayal.

There’s nothing like a celebrity death to remind you that not only is your youth long gone, but life is fragile and the end is nearer than you thought.

No Shoes, Please: Amazon woman


I don’t know how I managed my life before Amazon Prime, but somehow I did.

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
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
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.

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