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Other Voices: First Street Green and offices – yes, please!

Downtown Los Altos has suffered too long from lack of private investment and redevelopment, so I love Los Altos Community Investment’s proposal for a new office building and public park on First Street. I find the design appealing, restrained and smart, but it also strikes me as a generous offer for public benefits and potential catalyst for future investments and revitalization in the downtown triangle.

Times change, the economy changes and generations and demographics change, but some local attitudes about preserving a “quaint downtown” never seem to budge. The small but vocal antidevelopment movement must be brought to heel because it stifles downtown economic vitality.


Commerce in the restroom: The Villaj Idiut

You know what I thoroughly enjoy?

I really, really love when I go to a restaurant, and then I get up to go to the restroom and there is a guy in there “working” – which is to say, doling out hand towels, selling Tic Tacs and offering up some hair spray or mouthwash in exchange for a tip.

Editorial: Is this a renaissance?

Are we experiencing a renaissance in Los Altos? The spate of ambitious community improvement ideas and resident activism points to it.

Residents gathered recently to discuss the feasibility of a new downtown library, and city officials launched the Downtown Vision project, a blueprint that will determine the look and function of the city’s central business district for decades to come.

Letters to the Editor

Praise and pitfalls for downtown projects

I am writing to convey my praise for the First Street preliminary proposal and my disappointment toward the progress of the community center.

The First Street preliminary proposal for a mixed-use building, a public green space and a 360-space underground parking garage would be a great addition to the town. The developers would contribute 4,700 square feet to the town green, public bathrooms and a public gathering space. I also like the idea of spreading the square footage over three floors instead of two. This will provide more office space for employees who will enjoy the benefit of our local shops and restaurants. I think this will encourage new restaurants and shops to open downtown.

Letters to the Editor

Streamline rules for in-law units

It is good to hear the city of Los Altos is exploring ways to increase affordable housing by encouraging accessory dwelling units (“In-laws incoming?” April 12).

The article detailed some of the discussion at a recent Planning and Transportation Commission meeting on the subject. The Los Altos City Council will be taking up the subject of revising the current Municipal Code for accessory dwelling units at an upcoming meeting.

Lost in the cloud: A Piece of My Mind

I am working on cleaning out the home my parents occupied for 60 years. In emptying drawers and closets, I am learning a lot about the people who raised me and how they became who they are. And I am also learning how much I can never know.

Among the boxes of heirloom china and heirloom linens and old tax returns are my mother’s scrapbooks from high school and college, beginning with birthday cards she received when she was 7 years old from her father and the grandmother on her father’s side.

Other Voices: Educational foundation celebrates schools

Families from throughout the Los Altos School District will gather at the Junior Olympics Saturday. This day is more than just a chance for some friendly competition among students and schools – it is a celebration of our community and how much our schools contribute to making Los Altos a great place to raise a family.

As part of this tradition, the Los Altos Educational Foundation (LAEF) presents the district with a check representing the culmination of our fundraising efforts – $3.7 million this year. We will achieve this impressive goal thanks to all our donors, large and small, within the parent community and beyond, as well as extensive corporate matching funds. These donations provide for the programs that enhance learning for every student from transitional kindergarten through eighth grade in the Los Altos School District.


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