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Letters to the Editor

Did LAPD deprive woman of due process?

The elder abuse report I filed May 22, 2015, with the Los Altos Police Department on behalf of my elderly mother (a resident of the Los Altos Sub-Acute and Rehabilitation Center), has not received due process referral to the Santa Clara County District Attorney. The report, which the LAPD took during a lengthy recorded interview with me, has evidently been arbitrarily dismissed, having not received judicial consideration to date.

A subsequent elder abuse report taken by the LAPD at the sub-acute facility May 24, 2015, as well as photos of my mother’s bruised body, has also not made it to the DA.

I have escalated appropriately, from the officers to the detectives, watch commanders and finally to Los Altos Police Chief Andy Galea, but I have not received any coherent explanation, resolution or urgency to address or resolve.

There is a seemingly arrogant and dismissive culture at the LAPD, which has proven to be a significant disservice of its obligation to protect and serve the community, especially the most vulnerable elderly citizens.

I expect urgent due diligence be given to my mother’s case immediately. It’s been far too long, and justice is waiting.

A more comprehensive version of this letter will be forwarded to the Los Altos city manager and to Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen.

Michelle Chardon

Santa Clara

 

Galea replies: We are, have been and will continue looking into Ms. Chardon’s concerns and will provide her with information as we obtain it. As we do in all elder abuse cases, we will continue to review concerns/incidents as they are reported to us. We do not make independent decisions regarding the merits of individual cases, and we work with and share information with the District Attorney and other designated agencies.

 

Work together to preserve ‘village’

During all of the recent back-and-forth editorials regarding the proposal by Los Altos Community Investments for a platinum-level LEED-certified office building, underground parking and a downtown park, one thing was clear: We all love our town.

I would like to propose that we each spend the time to really understand the issues and consider ways to both preserve and enhance our “village” for future generations.

Turning our asphalt parking lots into beautiful parks and green space (with beautiful trees) is a vision I hope others might eventually come to embrace. Preserving our apricot orchards and building a new community center (and civic center) is another vision I hope we can eventually agree on. If everyone is willing to compromise a little, we can achieve amazing things.

We need more relevant shops and restaurants. We need real art galleries. We need places willing to stay open late(r). But most of all, we need a mix of office, retail and residential downtown. It is obvious that the current residents do not provide enough revenue for our current shops and restaurants to survive. Many of us go elsewhere to shop and dine. We all need to pay attention to the shops we do have and patronize them.

We also need to have conversations with business owners about the kinds of things Los Altos needs. We need the building owners to step up and renovate their rundown buildings and create retail spaces that retailers actually want to do business in and shoppers want to shop in.

We, the residents, can make this happen by getting involved and not just sitting back with complacency or complaints.

We need to demand that our councilmembers dig deep and get the 2017 priorities right. If it takes them and city staff extra time to get both the priorities and the execution right, then so be it. Let’s get it right!

Our little town can be preserved and enhanced; it can be even sweeter, more attractive and more viable for all of its residents. Let’s just try to find ways to work together.

Nancy Bremeau

Los Altos

Reasons SVCE is an opt-out plan

In response to a recent letter, there’s a good reason why Silicon Valley Clean Energy is an opt-out plan (“Automatic transfer an abuse of power,” Feb. 22). The other way around, an opt-in plan, requires that people to do something, and many people are simply too busy to sign up for a plan, even a good one.

PG&E knows this and spent $46 million on a ballot measure in 2010 to force Marin Clean Energy to be offered as an opt-in plan. The voters saw through the trickery and voted it down. Perhaps the opt-in proponents don’t realize it, but if they had their way, we wouldn’t have Silicon Valley Clean Energy. It would never have been formed. We wouldn’t have a choice, or cleaner electricity, or better pricing, or local control, and that would have been a real shame.

Gary Hedden

Los Altos

‘Fake news’ claim proves an overreach

I would suggest that Nicole Baker’s labeling of the sidebar headlined “Los Altos family separated by ban” a “complete fabrication” is a gross overreach (“Outcry against ‘fake news’ warranted,” Feb. 22).

Clearly the family is deliberating on traveling due to the ban, and worried about the conflicting and changing messages about the ban.

“Complete fabrications” and fake news are about inventing things that are verifiably false. I don’t remotely see that to be the case here. Absent the ban, I imagine the family would travel.

I hope in our local dialogues we can choose our words carefully and employ self-critical thinking.

Barry Smith

Los Altos Hills

Downtown green would benefit all

Brava to Los Altos Economic Development Manager Jennifer Quinn for starting the ball rolling on a downtown green for the coming summer (“New summer ‘green’ eyed for downtown parking plaza,” Feb. 15.

We would love to see another summer of relaxing, listening to music, shopping and dining downtown, all of which the greens of past years have encouraged.

There has already been a commitment from Los Altos Community Investments – let us proceed with obtaining one from the city as well. There are various possible spaces to establish it, if merchants are concerned with the loss of parking spaces in Plaza 6.

The temporary summer green space downtown will hopefully one day transmute into a permanent mini-park.

Until then, please support efforts to establish it for Los Altos residents and the many out-of-town visitors who benefit from it.

Donald and Lizbeth Burch

Los Altos

Editor’s note: The Los Altos City Council decided at its Feb. 28 meeting not to use the requested Parking Plaza 6 for a green, recommending instead a green on either a Third or State street location. See today’s article on page 4 for details.

 

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