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Editorial: Housing crisis a problem for all

A headline last week in a local paper read: “Housing crisis ‘On the Table’ – but what good is talking about it?”

The answer is: plenty good. That was the message that came across from a series of “On the Table” meetings last week organized in part by Silicon Valley Community Foundation under the direction of the Knight Foundation. The Los Altos Women’s Caucus sponsored one such Nov. 15 discussion focusing on what affluent communities such as Los Altos and Los Altos Hills can do to address the problem.

Letters to the Editor

Let’s keep library in rural setting

We heartily concur with Barry Smith’s letter of Oct. 25, which praises the Los Altos main library’s current setup (“Los Altos Library setup inspires ‘total satisfaction’”).

Our family visits the library every week for books, computer needs and classes, and we are very happy with it.

Letters to the Editor

LAH should act on pathways issue

The Town Crier’s Oct. 18 article “Bitter pathways debate muddles LAH election of new vice mayor” was accurate, but I think you would like to hear the backstory. You see, the Los Altos Hills City Council has had on its plate the issue of pathway costs for the last 16 months and hasn’t pressed it.

On June 16, 2016, while I was mayor, we addressed agenda item 10.B, “Potentially Capping the Pathway Construction Cost.” The council directed staff to review a cap on pathway construction costs and return to the council with a proposal. Because Councilwoman Courtenay C. Corrigan had spent six years on the Pathways Committee, and had expressed interest in this topic, I asked if she could serve as liaison with staff, which she agreed to do. (Although Councilman John Radford was liaison to the Pathways Committee, he deferred.)

No Shoes, Please: Amazon woman


I don’t know how I managed my life before Amazon Prime, but somehow I did.

Haugh About That?: Miracles happen


As I walked the hospice doctor to the front door, a question burned inside. Dad was entering the final phase of his life, and he’d recently announced that he planned to walk again. Because he hadn’t moved his legs in more than seven years, I suffered over the impossibility.

Editorial: Giving thanks

Festival of Lights
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The Los Altos Festival of Lights "Snow Queen" waves to fans during the 2016 parade.

On the eve of Thanksgiving, we pause from our turkey dinner preparations to give thanks.

Thanks to the volunteers who make the Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade a success every year. This year marks the parade’s 40th anniversary. The parade, with its Santa float, marching bands and costumed fairy-tale characters, is scheduled 6 p.m. Sunday along Main and State streets.

Editorial: A shout-out to Hillview Task Force

The 11-member Hillview Community Center Project Task Force is nearing the end of a five-month process for bringing into focus plans for a rebuilt community center.

Task force members should be proud of what they’ve accomplished. Starting with a general budget number of $25 million and little else, the group has successfully processed all kinds of community input, both in person and online, and brought on an excellent architect.

Submit a Letter to the Editor

The Town Crier welcomes letters to the editor on current events pertinent to Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View. Write to us at 138 Main St., Los Altos 94022, Attn: Editor, or email editor Bruce Barton at bruceb@latc.com. Because editorial space is limited, please confine letters to no more than 200 words. Include a phone number for verification purposes. Anonymous letters will not be printed.

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