Kudos for transforming community center

Congratulations to the citizens of Los Altos, city staff, city council, recreation commission and former city staff, recreation commissions and committees for transforming an old, worn, heavily used community center into a much-needed beautiful public facility. Fantastic!

Good luck to the recreation department in offering a variety of quality programs that cater to the needs of the community.

Now, work hard on renovating Redwood Grove Nature Preserve. Just do it!

Bob Rayl

Former parks and recreation director, 1977-2001

LA council: Learn how to work together

Following is an open letter to the Los Altos City Council.

Each of you is a person deserving respect. Your constituents rely upon you to conduct yourselves as a group respectfully and skillfully. You have unbelievable challenges to meet, so it is no surprise that you differ in how to meet them.

Fortunately, there are “coaches” that enable intelligent, honest people to interact constructively when things get hot and heavy. These skills are specialized. Coaches can assist you, as a group, in exercising them. Please make use of what is available to you. There is no shame in asking for assistance. There is unforgivable danger in failing to ask for it when needed.

We believe in you. Please learn how to work together.

Leelane Hines

Los Altos

Gary Hedden proves a deserving ‘hero’

Regarding “GreenTown honors Hedden as 2021 Environmental Hero at fundraiser” (Town Crier, Sept. 29):

My husband and I attended GreenTown’s virtual fundraiser and it was wonderful to join so many others in the joyous celebration of Gary Hedden receiving the 2021 Environmental Hero award.

Gary’s passion for the environment and his tireless work as a volunteer with GreenTown Los Altos are to be highly commended. He is well-deserving of this special recognition.

It’s been such a pleasure getting to know Gary and his wonderful wife, Pat, these past few years.

I look forward to seeing what the future has in store for Gary. His seemingly endless energy and dedication to GreenTown and all of its amazing climate and environmental endeavors has enriched the lives of Los Altans.

Paula Danz

Los Altos

LACV supports censure policy

“Accountability: the quality or state of being accountable, especially: an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions

/public officials lacking accountability”

– Merriam-Webster

What is the value of having Codes of Ethics and Values if there is not accountability? Violations of agreed values injure the good name of the city of Los Altos and undermine the effectiveness of the city council as a whole.

Any number of jurisdictions in California, from the city of Santa Clara to the city of Laguna Beach and the city of Riverside, operate under policies of admonition and censure to ensure accountability.

We teach our children that consequences matter. We should expect the same accountability and transparency from our public officials.

The Los Altos Community Voices Steering Committee (LACV) supports the adoption of a censure policy and hopes that current and future city councils will never have cause to invoke it.

Robin Abrams, Curtis Cole, Kim Cranston, Cathy

Lazarus, Bill Sheppard and Marie Young

LACV Steering Committee