The fall season is here, and with it, a new crop of local stories on which we can weigh in. Our thumbs are at the ready.
Thumbs-up: To the new Los Altos Community Center, subject of an elaborate grand-opening event Oct. 2. The 24,500-square-foot facility serves multigenerational needs and allows for a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities. The finished project, years in the making, is inviting and energy efficient.
Those opposed to the project often cite the $38.3 million cost. But a $25 million option initially proposed would have limited space and use, and ultimately been decried as a waste of money. The city council in 2018 was wise to pursue the upgrade. Said then-City Manager Chris Jordan at the time: “Nobody’s going to remember what you spent on the project, they’re going to know whether they like it.” We believe the public will like this center and use it. The extra investment was worth it.
Thumbs-up: To several recent milestones among the area’s most high-profile and generous nonprofits. The Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College, providing tech training for teachers, recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Mentor Tutor Connection, helping local elementary and high school students, marked its 25th year. And the Day Worker Center of Mountain View, which has provided employment to the region’s underserved, just commemorated its 25th anniversary. A big thank-you to all of these worthy organizations.
Thumbs-up: To Santa Clara County road officials for reacting relatively quickly to cyclists’ safety concerns about Foothill Expressway in Los Altos – safety problems prompted by the road-widening project completed in May. The creation of two right-turn lanes on southbound Foothill at the El Monte Avenue intersection, in particular, exposed cyclists to cars turning right. The fix involves a 250-foot green-striped “transition zone” prior to the intersection that allows more time for motorists to react to cyclists and more space for cyclists to maneuver. Considering the usual glacial pace at which government operates, this was a speedy resolution.