Letters to the Editor

Children’s Corner serves working parents

I am a distressed citizen worried about the potential lack of space for the local preschool Children’s Corner at the new Hillview Community Center.

I myself graduated from Children’s Corner in 2006. I believe that it is a cornerstone of the education in the great city of Los Altos.

It’s the only preschool that runs year-round, which is really convenient for working parents.

Jack Gray

(No address given)

Senior Center plagued by ‘foot-dragging’ process

About 1997, after I had retired, I was a volunteer handyman at the Los Altos Senior Center when Ruth Koehler (a former Los Altos mayor) asked me to come to one of the center’s board meetings.

During that meeting, it was announced that despite the Senior Center’s financial ability to go it alone, it was denied permission by the city to proceed with any improvement plans, because the city had imminent plans to make sweeping improvements at the community center, which was to include the seniors’ building.

I have heard that same edict issued along the way – even today, about 20 years after I first heard it!

This is possibly the most drastic foot-dragging ineptitude imaginable.

Somehow city officials find an extreme assortment of ways to complicate the getting of anything done.

Now I hear that the budget for the new community center just got reduced, and there is the added controversial Children’s Corner preschool lease matter.

Another case in point: Los Altos residents were recently asked to answer some preference questions about architectural points – which I consider about the silliest waste of time when no real go-ahead seems to exist on it at all. What kind of answers can you expect or rely on from the lay public about the design and technical details of a complex building? (Just another delaying measure.)

If the city were serious about doing this work, the choices could have long been resolved and acted on, because everyone knows that 20 years (a generation!) is too long to wait.

Marv Emerling

Los Altos

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