LAH should act on pathways issue
The Town Crier’s Oct. 18 article “Bitter pathways debate muddles LAH election of new vice mayor” was accurate, but I think you would like to hear the backstory. You see, the Los Altos Hills City Council has had on its plate the issue of pathway costs for the last 16 months and hasn’t pressed it.
On June 16, 2016, while I was mayor, we addressed agenda item 10.B, “Potentially Capping the Pathway Construction Cost.” The council directed staff to review a cap on pathway construction costs and return to the council with a proposal. Because Councilwoman Courtenay C. Corrigan had spent six years on the Pathways Committee, and had expressed interest in this topic, I asked if she could serve as liaison with staff, which she agreed to do. (Although Councilman John Radford was liaison to the Pathways Committee, he deferred.)
While preparing the October 2016 council agenda, I asked if staff could provide a status report and was told that there was nothing to report.
During the 2016 council election, a private email went out to an estimated 200 residents claiming that residents in the newly incorporated areas risked $110,000 in costs if pathways were required in their neighborhood. This fear tactic favored one candidate, and while it was a good political tactic, the problem should have already been solved.
Now, some 16 months later, we have pathway construction cost still a hot-button issue. The councilmembers most upset about out-of-line costs need to push forward with a solution. I hope that nobody is saving this as a political issue for the 2018 council election.
No resident should fear that they will be stuck with out-of-line pathway costs.
Los Altos Hills
Does library hold key to downtown vibrancy?
The Nov. 1 Town Crier contained two letters that addressed the vitality of the town and the withdrawal of the First Street Green project. Both letters caused me to think of the library.
• Dave Evans wrote, “Simply put, (Los Altos) needs to be a destination.”
The main library already is a destination for more than 500,000 people a year, and a larger new library, in town, could draw a lot more.
• Los Altos Mayor Mary Prochnow and City Councilman Jean Mordo, in an “Other Voices” column on the First Street Green, wrote, “The fact that it was an office building meant that there would be a significant increase in traffic in and out. Although the draft (environmental impact report) concluded that it was manageable, a well-funded opponent threatened to challenge the project in court.”
The library attracts approximately 1,500 people per day, but the traffic is nicely distributed from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. most days – no bottlenecks.
We keep wishing for retail stores and restaurants (that need vibrancy) or developers to make Los Altos a destination, and more vibrant, when one already exists – the Los Altos Library.
All treats, no tricks on Halloween
A big thank you to all 70 trick-or-treaters who came to our house this year.
From tots to teens, all were funny, charming and polite, with incredibly creative costumes – many homemade.
The best treat we received was from a group of young men who serenaded us with a well-harmonized version of “Monster Mash.”
Thanks also to the parents of these great kids, who spread so much happiness on Halloween.