Letters to the Editor: Mold, Los Altos Hardware, 5150 ECR

Mold in city buildings may require ozone use

If I understood the Town Crier’s recent article, mold that was found in samples from inside city of Los Altos buildings was different from the molds found outside (“Los Altos facilities test low in chemicals, high in mold materials,” Oct. 16).

Generally, a first step would be a detailed inspection of the building(s) to find possible sources of mold growth, generally following water intrusion. Mold, like bacteria, is more virulent than it used to be due to human intervention. (See author Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker.)


Other Voices: Waterworks

The first Starbucks opened in Seattle in 1971. Today there are more than 20,000 stores, and business is growing around the globe. Lines form from Brooklyn to Botswana waiting on their orders of demi, grande, venti or trenta of mocha, espresso, dolce, flat, skinny, salted, blonde or latte with triple shots, soy, half-caf, super-heated, iced, room-temp or decaf. If you are in a nanosecond hurry, just shoulder past the peons for your day-starter at the mobile-order mosh pit. The java mumbo jumbo has unfortunately moved into our own Waterworld.

Letters to the Editor – BCS, Loyola Corners

A BCS perspective on engagement process 

In the last few weeks, the Los Altos School District hosted two community engagement charrettes about long-term facilities for Bullis Charter School. As Bullis Charter School parents, several of us wanted to share what we’ve learned and some thoughts we hope will contribute to the conversation.

It’s great that we’re talking. There is no easy or obvious solution. It’s OK if not everyone agrees so long as we hear each other and work toward our mutual goals.

Letter to the Editor, story poles, Loyola Corners

Story poles reveal dangers at intersection

What a shock it was to see the story poles go up at 999 Fremont Ave. here in Loyola Corners! But wow, they really do their job – highlighting the probability of blocked visibility from multiple angles, the prospect of a structure that would loom over its surroundings, swallowing almost every square inch of this little oddly shaped piece of land built right to the edges.

But the story poles do give residents a chance to see what has been proposed and so an opportunity to voice their concerns to the Los Altos City Council before approval.

Editor's Notebook: Two empathetic examples

In an age of social media frenzy, one admirable quality that strikes me as lacking is empathy.

Fortunately, I attended two events Thursday that proved empathy is very much alive and well in 2019.

From the Mayor's Desk: Los Altos council working to return to chambers

I have heard from many of you who are concerned about whether the Los Altos City Council will ever be returning to our official chambers at city hall, where for many decades the council has conducted its work.

These chambers were paid for with your tax dollars, and you would like to see the business of our government take place right there where you can see it and participate in it. That’s how it works in Washington, D.C., and in Sacramento. Right now, to many of you, it seems that in Los Altos, the elected city government has been evicted from its home.

Letters to the Editor – Week of Oct. 23

Kudos from former council members

As former Los Altos City Council members who had a role in enhancing the civic center during our tenures dating from 1976, when the old Hillview School site was purchased, we are perhaps more delighted than most to witness the groundbreaking of the new community center.

We congratulate the city manager, his staff and the citizens who made it happen. We especially thank council members, past and present, who kept voting to make this plan come to fruition – Jeannie Bruins, Neysa Filgor, Jean Mordo, Jan Pepper, Mary Prochnow and Megan Satterlee.


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