Letter to the Editor: Week of Sept. 5

Measure C blocks future leaders

The authors of Measure C are clearly angry and fear the future. They ignore a 66-year tradition of wise community improvements by past city councils. Instead, they urge us to “Vote for Chaos!” And please, Los Altos taxpayers, pay the $50,000 bill for this experiment.

They propose that we voters take responsibility for managing city lands away from our elected representatives. Surely, they say, we voters can study complex land management issues in our spare time and make better decisions once every two years than can our elected representatives. In fact, after simplifying the job, we no longer would need to elect good leaders to be powerless bureaucrats.

I can sympathize with concerns about the intense development in surrounding cities and resulting commuter traffic. But the answer to such concerns is not chaos. The correct answer is to elect problem solvers and people with a vision for the future of Los Altos. Do not interfere with their authority as council members to take appropriate action.

For example, what is the future of downtown Los Altos? I predict it will remain an oasis of calm surrounded by high-density development in neighbor cities. The economy of downtown will continue to improve as more customers are available to be attracted to this nearby village environment. Visionary council members may eventually build a city-owned community theater downtown for evening entertainment and figure out how to lower traffic stress on the central core streets. Drive in from San Antonio Road, park quickly and then walk into the central core area. Downtown can evolve and improve without losing its unique character.

We must encourage future leaders, not permanently block them with Measure C.

King Lear

Los Altos

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