Airplane noise recommendations solid: Editorial

Check out this crazy scenario: The U.S. Congress and the Federal Aviation Administration, which implemented the new NextGen flight path system to benefit the airline industry, essentially created a nationwide problem by forgetting to consider the impact of such a change on people on the ground.

The subsequent increase in airplane noise spurred millions of protests in metropolitan areas across the nation. Noise generated by flights into and out of San Francisco International Airport alone generated hundreds of thousands of complaints and spawned the organization of dozens of protest groups.

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Consider impact of First Street Park

Although the proposed First Street park looks attractive initially, I do have concerns regarding this development. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to see the plans when they were on display. However, my understanding was that underground parking would replace the existing spaces and a green open area would create the park.

The local impact: loss of parking for an indeterminate period during construction; escalation of noise; additional congestion if the park becomes a site for outdoor daytime and evening events; and need for a higher level of security at night.

Poké man

My good friend Mike Quigley, a Los Altos resident, is the chief marketing officer of Niantic, the company that developed the Pokémon Go application that seemingly took over the world upon its launch July 6. The game had half a billion downloads its first two months and became the biggest mobile game launch of all time.

To improve downtown parking, a little restriping could mean a lot: Editor's Notebook

Change for change’s sake is rarely good, but good change is called progress. The problem is, when it comes to planning the future of downtown Los Altos, what’s good and progressive has been the subject of great debate.

We’ve clung to the dated moniker “The Village” as if it still means what it did in the 1960s. It doesn’t. Thousands of daily car trips along San Antonio Road, Edith Avenue and Foothill Expressway create a kind of white-noise moat around an old fortress that not enough shoppers seem to penetrate.

Letters to the Editor

Stamp out mail theft in Loyola Corners

Mail theft isn’t just a problem in Los Altos Hills (“LAH residents vigilant about mailbox theft,” Nov. 2).

In our Loyola Corners neighborhood, I had several days of mail stolen, two other neighbors have had packages stolen from their mailboxes and a fourth had a package stolen from his doorstep – all in the past two weeks.

Election results: No Shoes, Please

Let me start with this: Donald J. Trump is my president.

That’s not an endorsement, nor is it a metaphor for a larger philosophical or political viewpoint. It’s just a fact. But the fact carries some weight. It makes me ache for my country, and feel deep regret over the ugly rhetoric that was unleashed throughout the campaign. In a nutshell, I’m sad. And that’s just a fact, too.

We're all post-election thumbs

Thumbs-up: To all of the candidates and their supporters who devoted time, energy and funds to make a difference in their communities. Regardless of the election results, the strong competition for seats on the Los Altos and Los Altos Hills city councils and the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees shows a passion to get involved. The strong voter turnout proves again that this community truly cares about its future. Voter apathy? Not in Los Altos.

Thumbs-up: To newly named Los Altos Police Chief Andy Galea, and a fond farewell to outgoing chief Tuck Younis. Chief Younis, you did your job and you brought a friendly, approachable style to local law enforcement. We’re confident Chief Galea will honor your legacy.

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