Letters to the Editor

How to select a councilmember Nov. 8

The Los Altos City Council has five members; three seats will be vacant Nov. 8. We need to elect or re-elect three members out of six candidates.

All the candidates talk and promise a lot. It’s very confusing.


Los Altos, the FAA and the pretense of modernization: Other Voices

Facts are facts. The Federal Aviation Administration must be required to address all three of the changes it made to the original Big Sur approach: The ground track, the altitudes and the concentration. And it must address the redirecting of significant traffic from elsewhere on the Peninsula to the skies over Los Altos. We are inundated from all sides.

Despite extensive PR spin, the current implementation of NextGen under which everyone is suffering actually has very little to do with the stated goals of modernization, fuel efficiency, safety and environmental responsibility. Rather, it has everything to do with increasing throughput of aircraft through the nation’s airports regardless of the consequences to the residents, including those many miles (20-60 miles or more) away from any airport.

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Enforce traffic rules beyond Election Day

A recurring complaint among residents is traffic.

Traditionally, when this has come up in past city council elections, the candidates agree that the problem is very real and something needs to be done. The day after the election, the subject magically disappears. Meanwhile, drivers speed through residential streets, run stop signs and lights, and drive through occupied crosswalks.

Campaign rhetoric: No Shoes, Please

Nowadays, after I finish watching any news broadcast highlighting the 2016 presidential campaign, I often feel the need to take a bath. Comedian John Oliver summed up this year’s race best when he said, “Look up into the sky. Way up. See that? Above the clouds? That’s rock bottom.” Regardless of whether or not you consider sexual misconduct relevant to the discussion over who wins next month’s election, the topic is now front and center, and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

Keeping me authentic: Haugh About That?

Peering over the letter-sized piece of paper, my eldest daughter, Michelle, fixed her stare on her waiting mother with lifted eyebrows. Taking her time to give her review on my latest story, I sat nervously. The year was 2013, and, in this case, no news wasn’t good news.

Putting the article down, she asked, concerned, “Mom, were you on drugs when you wrote this?”

Yes on measures A and B: Editorial

“I hate taxes – I just hate traffic more.”

So says Carl Guardino, CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. Guardino’s group is a leading proponent of Measure B, a half-cent sales tax on the Nov. 8 ballot. Measure B provides money over 30 years to address a multitude of needs, from road repairs and additions to finishing the BART extension to San Jose. Los Altos and Mountain View would benefit from tens of millions of dollars in street repairs.

Veenker for State Assembly: Editorial

California’s 24th Assembly District stretches from a sliver of Hillsborough to the coast, and down to Mountain View, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Sunnyvale. It’s a vast district that includes one of the best schools in the world (Stanford University) and some of the most successful high-tech companies (Google Inc., Linked- In Corp.).

It probably goes without saying that the district needs a strong representative in Sacramento, someone who is smart, has a varied skill set and has the ability to think and act independently despite the inevitable political pressure to toe the line.


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