Hills’ classic car show ‘as good as it gets’

The Hills – Los Altos Hills – came alive with the vroom, vroom sounds of over 80 classic cars on exhibit at Purissima Park July 25.

My favorite car: the off-white gorgeous convertible Mustang. Taking a stroll among the beautifully pampered cars and chatting with their proud owners made it a fun Sunday morning for me and my son Mark.

We loved listening to a wonderful band of 10 talented seniors, but “young at heart” musicians. The Lionel Train collectors featured an added attraction for those of us who are trains enthusiasts. Ahh, this is as good as it gets.

Thank you to the town of Los Altos Hills for a lovely


Lina Broydo

Los Altos Hills

Cuesta improvements serving their purpose

The Town Crier’s July 21 article “Los Altos directs review of Cuesta Drive traffic fixes” cites post-project speed measurements of 25-28 mph. Maybe those are 85th percentile values, sometimes called “rated speed” by right-to-drive-fast extremists. Sounds like the road is still serving its purpose: east-west motor travel at about 25 mph.

Cuesta is an important collector street, but higher speeds would reduce safety without much effect on capacity or congestion. El Camino Real lets people safely drive 35, and Foothill Expressway is there for 45 mph.

Richard Feldman

Los Altos

Help Los Altos address climate change

Los Altans are not shy about speaking up for issues of individual interest: a dog park, a flashing stop sign, city art. Now we are facing record-breaking drought, fires and heat.

While disparate in their impacts, drought, fires and heat are clearly linked to climate change. We know that the frequency of these extreme events has increased due to climate change, and they will continue to increase as long as humans keep dumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Imagine more fire, more heat, more drought.

The effects we feel in Los Altos are greatly magnified on the world stage in health, hunger, migration, social justice and even survivability.

So, “What can I do?” Raise your awareness of the issues, make informed personal choices and take the city’s Los Altos Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP) community survey. The city is preparing the CAAP to lower our community’s carbon footprint and adapt to the consequences of climate change. Provide your input by taking the CAAP survey (opentownhall.com/portals/225/Issue_10908) no later than Sunday.

Don Weiden

Los Altos

SB 9 and 10: We can’t just do nothing

Single-family homeowners are doing pretty well; we made a good investment buying our homes and are seeing huge appreciation. But that same appreciation shuts out the up-and-coming next generation and folks who want to get a toehold in the housing market; it removes entry-level housing.

I believe single-family home owners have a responsibility, embedded in the huge appreciation we’ve experienced, to ensure that entry-level housing remains available for our kids and the service workers needed in our neighborhoods. The need for entry-level housing is desperate.

What are we single-family homeowners doing to help those who need it?!

Despite all their deficiencies then, is it better to pass State Senate Bills 9 and 10 and revise them going forward? If not, it’s our responsibility to come up with a better idea; we can’t just do nothing.

Tim Biglow

Los Altos

Why procrastinate on Foothill bike safety?

Is it going to take a biker being hit by a car and possibly paralyzed or killed before a decision can be made about the bike lane on Foothill Expressway at the intersection at El Monte Avenue and also San Antonio Road? I am shocked that an immediate solution has not taken place.

All it would take to end the confusion is the green striping that has been so successful elsewhere.

Good examples are Alpine Road (which took the death of a neighbor to make it happen) and Foothill at Sand Hill Road, among others.

Why the procrastination? An argument is biking isn’t encouraged on Foothill – does that make it OK for a death to occur?

Barbara Lessing

Los Altos

Noise from aircrafts has improved since ’60s

I have no patience for people who whine about aircraft noise in Los Altos (“FAA won’t reroute flight paths over Silicon Valley,” July 28). Fifty years ago, jet airliners operating into San Francisco International Airport used much nosier engines than the current models. In fact, the older engines are now banned because they are too noisy.

People need to understand that the noise situation has improved since the 1960s. If they do not appreciate the benefits of living near a major international airport, then perhaps they need to consider relocating.

Bill Hough

Los Altos