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Letters to the Editor

What happened to courtesy on job site?

Several decades ago, when construction began to get heavy in Los Altos, the Planning Department agreed to show some consideration to surrounding neighborhoods. They created a handout titled “Courtesy on the Job Site” and distributed it to contractors along with their building permits. The “courtesy” involved unnecessary noise, particularly loud radios, along with a list of other requirements.

Why is this no longer done?


Letters to the Editor

First Street park would enhance charm

I agree wholeheartedly with the sentiment expressed in Asher Kohn’s article in the March 29 Town Crier (“Have we lost that Los Altos feeling?”). We need more buildings in Los Altos like the Packard Foundation headquarters, and the “village charm” of Los Altos can be maintained even as we develop a vibrant downtown.

To preserve the village look and feel, we can use scale and design. Buildings that come up to the lot line but conform to city code can (as we have seen) create a canyon effect, but new buildings need not go all the way to the edge of the property line. They can instead be stepped back so that any third-story element is basically invisible from the adjacent sidewalks, and trees and green space can be an integral part of their plans, as the Packard building has successfully shown.

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Russia threatens U.S. democracy

The possible Russian influence in our elections and connections with the Trump team need to be addressed quickly, thoroughly and in a nonpartisan way.

The House Intelligence Committee, the Senate Intelligence Committee and the FBI are holding investigations, but the press and public must push hard for nonpartisanship and openness. This is more serious than other investigations in the past because it addresses the core principles of free and fair elections and an open democracy.


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