Other Voices: What went wrong with the First Street Green

Several residents of Los Altos have expressed disappointment about Los Altos Community Investments’ withdrawal of the First Street Green project.

There is a feeling that the city, community and/or council were putting unreasonable obstacles to the project. This is a misunderstanding about what happened that we would like to clear up.


A Piece of My Mind: Opportunity knocks again

Some decades ago I was a stay-at-home mom, but planning to return to work as soon as my toddlers entered primary school. However, the teaching career I had prepared for was undergoing a slump – the baby boom had become the baby bust, and schools were closing all around. I decided to get re-educated. Fortunately, at that time even a single-income family could afford the $5-per-unit fee for community college.

The local community college offered a special certification as a medical translator, which appealed to me, as it offered a decent work environment and an element of helping people. But the course presumed a knowledge of basic Spanish greater than I had picked up as a kid on the playground. Learning medical vocabulary wasn’t going to be very helpful if I was ignorant of how to fit the words into sentences. Scratch that idea.

Editorial: First St. Green demise a lost opportunity

The decision two weeks ago to pull plans for a large office building and adjacent park on First Street made some people glad that another anxious moment had passed – the threat to their “sleepy” downtown village had been averted. For those who favor downtown vibrancy, however, the news came as a big disappointment.

Obviously, there are many reactions in between – still others might have preferred housing or some other use in that area – but the controversial project did draw a line in the sand between those opposed to change and development and those in favor of it.

Letters to the Editor

Los Altos: The place development goes to die

I was incredibly disappointed to learn that Los Altos Community Investments has decided not to go forward with the First Street Green development. This project would have been transformative for downtown Los Altos, and I’m equally frustrated and appalled by how hard Los Altos made it for LACI to gift us a park.

Los Altos has earned itself a reputation as the place development goes to die.

Letters to the Editor

LACI calls halt to First Street Green

It is with great sadness that I am announcing we are not moving forward with the First Street Green development project.

I love Los Altos. It is a fabulous town. As a native of this area, I appreciate how Los Altos has kept its charm and has focused on the citizens of the town. We have a fabulous community and I wish to contribute to the vibrancy and closeness that we have today.

No Shoes, Please: Red, white and blue

I was never bothered by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick taking a knee during the pre-game playing of the national anthem. I thought he had every right to do it, and I didn’t correlate the gesture to disrespecting our country or the military. Absent his choice of socks, I regarded Kaepernick’s protest against police brutality and racial inequality to be peaceful and dignified – in its own way, even subtle.

Many, including our president, disagree and are attempting to force the NFL into a stark choice: Players either stand during the national anthem or face suspension or dismissal. Personally, I don’t think it’s part of President Donald Trump’s purview to inform the league what constitutes a fireable offense. An owner has the right to fire or not to sign Kaepernick. An owner also can allow peaceful dissent on the field if he so chooses. Trump should stay out of the matter entirely – the NFL is not an arm of the federal government after all.

Haugh About That?: Not my problem

As my younger brother Tim frantically searched the house for his high school history paper due the following day, I rolled my eyes in disgust. This wasn’t the first time the dog ate his homework. It was a habitual occurrence, and, being his older sister who fixed all of life’s mishaps, he tried to make it my issue, too.

“Jackie, have you seen it?” he hollered, rummaging through the papers strewn all over his bed and on the floor. “I need your help!”


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