LASD should disable solar-panel lights
I commend the Town Crier for covering the story about the new parking lot lights under the solar structures at Los Altos School District schools (“Blindsided by new lights at LASD schools,” Feb. 21).
It is my understanding these lights and the impact they have created were overlooked by the district’s board of trustees and administrators when this solar project was initially considered.
Given that there is no documented rationale or legal requirement for these lights, the district board and administrators should acquiesce in regard to this oversight and disable these particular lights. Let us return to the original adequate lighting we had prior to this project.
The new lights at the school sites are overkill, intrusive and incompatible with the neighborhoods. Please note these new lights were designed for an industrial setting. Lighting the massive solar structures blights the neighborhoods and reduces property values. Although not everyone is affected in the same way by these lights, you don’t have to be a real estate professional to see what an eyesore the school sites have become at night and how that negatively affects us all.
If you would like to make your voice heard concerning this issue, please use the survey at tinyurl.com/LASD-solarpanel-lights.
LASD lights create visual pollution
The Los Altos School District should follow Los Altos Hills’ town lighting ordinances and rural design goals with its newly constructed Gardner Bullis School solar panels.
Both Los Altos and Los Altos Hills are proud of their attempts to continue to make each of these communities feel more “rural” by purposefully not implementing a full streetlight program. Other cities around us have extensive streetlight programs that we do not have.
The newly constructed solar panel projects at Los Altos School District campuses have very bright LED lights under the panels that make the school parking lots look like empty car dealerships in our rural residential communities. These lights are unnecessary for those accessing the parking lots in the evening and provide visual light pollution to adjacent neighbors and neighborhoods.
I would invite all residents to drive by your local district school site at night and see what these lots and structures look like.
This can be remedied easily by simply turning them off. Please take the online survey at tinyurl.com/LASD-solarpanel-lights.
Los Altos Hills
Where is TC’s compassion when reporting on loss?
I have been a subscriber and long, constant advertiser for years. I was dismayed to see in a recent issue of the Town Crier a drone photo of one of our residents’ house burned to the ground.
Not only did the article name the street and area, but the drone photo allows any evil person easy access to find the house. The article talked about personal possessions remaining, adding to this reader’s horror.
Was there no thought to the loss this family suffered, no empathy or any tender prayers toward helping this family recover? What has happened to our lovely town? Has the Town Crier turned into all the other blood-seeking papers in our America?
Perhaps this writer should consider how her family would feel if her home were lost in such a tragic event. I hope the staff at the Town Crier considers reporting these unfortunate events with more compassion.
Don’t take apricot orchard for granted
Each spring, beautiful fruit trees flower throughout Los Altos. A centerpiece of that agricultural heritage is the historical apricot orchard near city hall. This living landmark was first planted in the early 1900s by Gilbert Smith, who also built the house that stands next to the Los Altos History Museum.
The apricot orchard is a unique community heirloom. Unlike a historical home, preserving the orchard requires ongoing cultivation, with new trees replacing the previous generation.
Fortunately, our apricot orchard benefits from good stewardship, and recently dozens of new trees were planted, in time for the growing season.
Next time you’re near the main library, take a moment to enjoy the sight of new apricot saplings establishing themselves, a longstanding tradition in the Valley of Heart’s Delight.
Thanks to the Los Altos City Council and city staff for ensuring that our heritage apricot orchard will continue to flourish in the center of Los Altos for years to come.
Los Altos Historic Commission