Hospital board poised for the future

Let’s state the obvious: Running an $800 million hospital isn’t easy – especially an independent hospital like El Camino that has to compete with the likes of Stanford, Kaiser and Sutter for its business. That it has to compete in an increasingly difficult and complex health-care system makes the task all the more daunting.

It was in this context that the El Camino Healthcare District board last week expanded the hospital board to include two new appointed board positions. This is in addition to the three appointed seats added in 2012. This creates an 11-member hospital board, which includes the five elected district members. Concurrent with the action, the board kept the CEO as a hospital board member, but made it a nonvoting position.

Letters to the Editor

Tom’s Depot decries ‘defamatory’ comments

As the owner of Tom’s Depot, I take issue with the article on the Loyola Corners study session with the Los Altos City Council and the Planning and Transportation Commission (“Changes at Loyola Corners scrapped,” April 26).

I was most disturbed by the reporting of Los Altos City Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins’ comments about our economic viability and other mistruths. I’m in shock that Ms. Bruins would speak publicly about something she knows nothing about, and that the Town Crier would report this without fact-checking.

Other Voices: First Street Green and offices – yes, please!

Downtown Los Altos has suffered too long from lack of private investment and redevelopment, so I love Los Altos Community Investment’s proposal for a new office building and public park on First Street. I find the design appealing, restrained and smart, but it also strikes me as a generous offer for public benefits and potential catalyst for future investments and revitalization in the downtown triangle.

Times change, the economy changes and generations and demographics change, but some local attitudes about preserving a “quaint downtown” never seem to budge. The small but vocal antidevelopment movement must be brought to heel because it stifles downtown economic vitality.

An inconvenient celebration: Haugh About That?

As I pulled letters out of the mailbox, my eyes immediately became transfixed on a large cream-colored envelope, complete with elegant calligraphy. By the weight, number of stamps and shape, I knew that something wonderful was waiting inside.

“Another wedding.” I cried out, excited. “How fun!”

Commerce in the restroom: The Villaj Idiut

You know what I thoroughly enjoy?

I really, really love when I go to a restaurant, and then I get up to go to the restroom and there is a guy in there “working” – which is to say, doling out hand towels, selling Tic Tacs and offering up some hair spray or mouthwash in exchange for a tip.

Letters to the Editor

Public input vs. courageous leadership

I’ve been reminiscing about when we were interested in traffic calming, and a bunch of us citizens were invited to gather together to map out ideas for Almond Avenue.

There were several fairly large gatherings, slide shows and a big meeting at city hall, as I recall, and the hiring of a not-inexpensive consulting group.

Letters to the Editor

Praise and pitfalls for downtown projects

I am writing to convey my praise for the First Street preliminary proposal and my disappointment toward the progress of the community center.

The First Street preliminary proposal for a mixed-use building, a public green space and a 360-space underground parking garage would be a great addition to the town. The developers would contribute 4,700 square feet to the town green, public bathrooms and a public gathering space. I also like the idea of spreading the square footage over three floors instead of two. This will provide more office space for employees who will enjoy the benefit of our local shops and restaurants. I think this will encourage new restaurants and shops to open downtown.

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