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Letters to the Editor

First Street Green offers ‘sensible growth’

Having had the experience of serving on the Los Altos City Council for approximately 12 years, I have reviewed many requests for approval of major projects. However, I have never witnessed the review of a project with as many community benefits as currently being proposed for the First Street Green.

This project will be located on First Street, replacing a section very much needing to be upgraded. It is being designed to be generously compliant with all boundary setbacks and would have a maximum height of 44 feet, which is in excess of the current height limit and would require a variance. The new building has excellent architectural features and would have 77,000 square feet of high-quality office space. All parking would be underground.


Other Voices: Reframing the vision of downtown Los Altos

 

How do you measure vibrancy for a downtown area? And what does “vibrancy” mean, anyhow?

Life in the Hills: My summer of Russia

I didn’t plan it this way. First, back in January, began some rumbling about Russia tampering with the U.S. election. In the wake of President Donald Trump’s executive orders dismantling all traces of former President Barack Obama’s legislation and impulsive, inflammatory tweets, we were all temporarily distracted. Then came the firing of FBI Director James Comey and the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller to further investigate Trump’s ties to Russia.

Amid all of this, my book group read the novel “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles. Years ago, I had read “Rules of Civility” by the same author and enjoyed it immensely. I was not, however, prepared for how much I would thoroughly appreciate his next beautifully written, well-researched book. Dense and lyrical, it reminded me of a classic Russian novel written by Dostoevsky or Tolstoy.

The Villaj Idiut: Independence Day

I will admit that sometimes I stand in the shower and think to myself: If I dropped this bar of soap in a pile of mud, would it be dirty? It is, after all, soap.

And every once in a while I’ll drive down I-5 to Los Angeles and wonder to myself: Why don’t they just make the entire road a rumble strip, and then I’d never lose focus?

A Piece of My Mind: Summer camp season

Whenever my summer wanderings take me to Stanford University, that beautiful sandstone and terra-cotta campus up the road, I marvel at the multiplicity of signs directing me to this or that summer camp. There always seem to be squadrons of T-shirted campers on the move, being directed this way and that by polo-shirted counselors, all wearing color-coded lanyards and name tags to make sure that they are getting all of the perks, and none but the perks, to which their campership entitles them.

When I was in my pre-teens, camp was different.

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Seeking truth about First Street Green

In the Aug. 16 Town Crier, I read a quote from Los Altos Community Investments representative Kelly Snider in the article “First Street Green project heads to city commissions”: “Eighty-seven percent of voters and residents in Los Altos thought a new community gathering area downtown was a good idea.”

I find this questionable. I looked at the current survey the city of Los Altos is doing online now concerning the current temporary Downtown Green and found that when asked, “Would you like to see more public gathering space in downtown Los Altos?” 57 percent responded, “No, I think downtown is just fine the way it is.”

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Thanks for reminder to turn off car engines

I applaud the effort to reduce vehicle idling in Los Altos (“Resident’s anti-idling efforts fueled toward clean air,” Aug 9).

I believe people really want to do the right thing. They do not think about the effects of keeping their cars running while they talk on the phone or read emails, etc. They do not think about the harm they are doing to the air, the climate and the health of their neighbors, friends and family. They just need to know and be reminded to turn off the car.


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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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