Nybergs make Los Altos a ‘better place to live’
Congratulations to Paul and Liz Nyberg for being recognized as the 2017 Los Altans of the Year.
For a little background on their selection, several months ago a small, grassroots effort began among community leaders that grew into a groundswell of hundreds wanting to name Paul and Liz as the 2017 honorees. The community members felt that the Nybergs needed to be recognized for their many contributions to the community over their 24 years of ownership of the Town Crier.
In 2000, the Nybergs started the Town Crier Holiday Fund, which in 15 years has raised $2.5 million and serves small, hands-on, local nonprofit groups, particularly those supporting families and children. They founded the Los Altos Cultural Association to raise money for the high school theaters and helped start the annual Los Altos Prayer Breakfast, now known as the Silicon Valley Prayer Breakfast.
As well as purchasing the Town Crier to keep it local, Paul and Liz have served on numerous committees and have contributed many creative ideas and taken action to help make Los Altos a better place to live.
In September, a small group of us met with the Town Crier staff and requested that Paul and Liz be recognized. The staff thought it was a great idea!
Local residents ‘snooty’ about parks, trails
I agree with one point made by Donald D. McCauley when he asks why Los Altos Hills residents are “not equally welcome to enjoy the Palo Alto Foothills Park” (“Pathways should be debate for LAH residents,” Dec. 20).
For many years, they have kept a sign at the entrance to that park that says it is for Palo Alto residents only, which I view as a snooty attitude. Back in the 1990s, when I chaired the Los Altos Hills Pathways Committee, I made a tongue-in-cheek proposal to the town council that we erect a sign at the nearby entrance to our Central Drive, saying “Open to all except residents of Palo Alto.”
However, Mr. McCauley’s arguments against requiring Los Altos Hills residents to support pathways through the town shows the same kind of snootiness against “outsiders,” which is not a new phenomenon, of course.
Many years ago, the National Park Service started cooperating with Mexico in setting up the Anza Trail. It starts in Northern Mexico and comes north all the way through Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve, just south of Los Altos Hills. With our Pathways Committee hats on, Bob Stutz and I then proposed an Anza Trail route through our town. However, the snooty members of our committee stuck up their noses, pointing out that this would encourage lower-class outsiders to walk through our elegant town, so they voted it down.
Los Altos has exhibited similar tendencies. When I moved here in 1965, there was a concrete footbridge taking a path from Los Altos Hills over Adobe Creek into Los Altos’ Shoup Park, but it was soon torn down. In the 1990s, when I was trying to negotiate opening a path from Los Altos Hills into Los Altos’ Redwood Grove, I happened to mention to a Los Altos staff member that there was already an open gate connection there. The next day I found it locked.
I believe that all parks should be open to all people, and that we should welcome strangers as long as they behave.
Los Altos Hills