A Piece of My Mind: A modern-day visionary

On my travels in June, I met a modern-day visionary. His name is Zachary Brown and he is the co-founder, executive director and so far the sole employee of the Inian Islands Institute, a center designed, according to his business card, to provide “Experiential living and learning in the Wilderness of Southeast Alaska.”

Zach was raised in in Gustavus, Alaska, a town of 400 people at the northern end of the Alaskan panhandle, surrounded on three sides by Glacier Bay National Park and on the fourth by Icy Strait. Gustavus is accessible only by boat and seaplane. When the residents of Gustavus feel the need to escape the hustle and bustle of town, they visit the Hobbit Hole.


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.

Life in the Hills: Other Voices

Ten years ago, I went kicking and screaming to the Hills of Los Altos from our beloved home near Almond School. I had friends to the right of us, friends to the left – there I was. But then I wasn’t. Up in the Hills, down the long driveway, in our new flag lot on an acre, I was afraid I would never get to know my neighbors that I couldn’t see out my window.

But little by little, the charms of our semirural town of Los Altos Hills have revealed themselves to me. Much of the credit goes to my Portuguese water dogs, first Shasta and now Maverick. Two times a day these friendly, energetic, sweet companions required some kind of exercise, which translates into many hours spent walking around the neighborhood. We met our neighbors, also out walking, driving by or dragging their trash cans to the curb.

Letters to the Editor

Cuesta Drive: Not such a safe route to school

I noticed that the June 7 and 14 issues of the Town Crier featured a series of articles about the dangers of biking to school in south Los Altos.

I would like to bring your attention to one of the most dangerous areas of the city: Cuesta Drive between El Monte Avenue and Springer Road. Two weeks ago a high school student riding his bike in the morning was struck by a car in the intersection of Cuesta and El Monte. Then just the other day, there was a car collision in the same intersection during the after-school hours, between 3 and 4 p.m. These collisions are a consequence of the unaddressed speed and traffic issues on Cuesta Drive.

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.

Fighting floods begins with stream maintenance: Other Voices

Every summer since 2001 the Santa Clara Valley Water District has undertaken a five-month-long effort to maintain and improve stream conditions so that they can safely carry water during winter storms. From June to October, our crews trek into streams to remove sediment, manage vegetation, clear trash and debris, and stabilize banks that have been eroded.

During heavy storms, unruly vegetation and sediment washed down from areas upstream can restrict the flow of water and, in some areas, cause a backup, increasing the risk of flooding. Managing vegetation is an important part of stream maintenance. Removing invasive vegetation, weeds and dry brush improves habitat for wildlife and a healthy stream ecosystem, contributes to improved flows in creeks and even reduces the risk of fire hazards.

Letters to the Editor

First Street Green a ‘gift’ from LACI

I have lived in Los Altos for many years and have been fortunate to raise my family here. The First Street Green is a welcome addition to downtown, and I fully support Los Altos Community Investments creating an environmentally friendly new office building and public plaza.

From time immemorial, cities and villages have had a central gathering place for all residents, ranging from a water well to a magnificent park. The First Street Green would fulfill that need for Los Altos. In addition, it would provide a community stage for our local groups to hold outdoor presentations, a seating area with comfortable chairs and tables for socializing and people-watching, a large natural grass lawn and a bonus of 40 more parking spaces.


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