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Letters to the Editor

Downtown malaise not solved by beautification

I only have one question about the Town Crier’s Sept. 16 report on the Los Altos City Council’s "proposed improvements" to First Street, which included wider sidewalks: Doesn’t that make them harder to roll up at night?

When I first reported for duty at 401 First St. Dec. 29, 1969, my boss uttered a phrase I had never heard before: "You’ll love this town, but they roll up the sidewalks at night." And that was at a time when we still had a well-attended movie theater and more restaurant options (including two fixtures on First Street that no longer exist as dining establishments: Bud's Ice Cream and The Station House).

The city's downtown malaise has nothing to do with aesthetics and everything to do with the kinds of businesses that exist. Beautification efforts are, in this longtime resident's considered opinion, misspent money.

One of the most vibrant downtowns I can think of is Saratoga, which is bisected by a state highway, no less, a highway flanked by sidewalks that aren't rolled up.

E. Garry Hill

Los Altos

Assistance League returns most revenue

In the Sept. 23 Town Crier Community section, it was stated that "9 percent of the Costume Bank's revenue is returned to the community." That statement should read "96 percent of the Costume Bank's revenue is returned to the community."

The Costume Bank is the major fundraiser for the Assistance League of Los Altos. It supports the chapter's service programs, which include a 42-unit apartment complex at Stanford University Medical Center, owned and operated by the Assistance League of Los Altos. The facility houses patients receiving treatment at the hospital, as well as their caregivers, at an affordable rate.

For the Operation Schoolbell project, the Assistance League distributes backpacks with school supplies to children in need and donates books to foster children, the Early Start program at the Santa Clara County Office of Education and local school districts.

The Assistance League also donates teddy bears for trauma victims at Kaiser Hospital.

The chapter maintains an ongoing study to determine needs within the community. The teen auxiliary, Assisteens, performs service projects in the community for which they raise funds throughout the year.

The Assistance League Costume Bank has been a destination business for customers from all over the Bay Area and beyond for nearly 50 years. We hope to continue in our endeavor to make our community a better place for everyone concerned.

Lou Antonioli


Assistance League of Los Altos

Resident thanks youth who came to her rescue

As a follow-up to the Sept. 23 letter to the editor – "Local people ‘doing good'" – I would like to give a huge thank you to the three very kind Los Altos young people who took the time to help me recently when my car died at Loyola Corners and again on Cuesta Drive.

Your friendly kindness and help to me when I was so upset is very much appreciated.

Eula Dolby

Los Altos

Study chloramine before approving

Following is an open letter to state Assemblyman Ira Ruskin.

I heard of your sponsorship of HR 11 AMENDED, which asks the state government to investigate the human effects of the use of chloramine. Subsequently, an excellent article was written in Town Crier.

I'm sure the "experts" who recommended the use of chloramine were somewhat attracted to the economics, among other matters, and therefore neglected to study the human impact. My wife, who has considerable sensitivities, really appreciated their cavalier approach. We are now spending a substantial amount, as chloramine is not easily removed once added.

I had about given up on politicians, so it was therefore great to find one who listens and encourages doing the right thing. Imagine suggesting that we should study before approving!

Dick Grey

Los Altos Hills

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