Dog photo sends mixed message
The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival lived up to its usual enjoyment again this year.
I noted that the website for the festival stated, “Due to large crowds and often hot weather, we encourage visitors to leave their pets at home. Please do not bring them to the Arts & Wine Festival.” Yet the Town Crier featured a photo of a black dog on the front page with the article about the festival as if to suggest that dog attendance is acceptable.
Pets can become unpredictable and uncomfortable in crowds, plus the pavement gets too hot for their paws and they can be a threat to children as well as adults. Featuring the photo of the dog in attendance seems like a mixed message to the public. Hopefully, in the future your reporting will be more sensitive to the requests of the event planners.
LA Police Department earns commendation
As a lifelong resident of Los Altos, I want to express my appreciation to all the fine professional members of the Los Altos Police Department for their hard work, dedication and protection of our community.
Like most neighborhoods, ours has experienced an increase in burglaries and other crimes. I was out of the country on vacation last fall when several young men brazenly kicked in the door of a neighbor.
I got a text alert from Ring showing an officer knocking on our door attempting to make us aware of the dynamic search in progress. I called the LAPD business line and the call officer assured me that my house was OK, so I was able to enjoy the rest of my vacation. My neighbors and I were highly impressed with the joint response provided and how quickly the situation was resolved.
There are many firsthand examples of my direct interaction with Los Altos’ finest officers, and every one of them was handled in the most courteous, professional manner. For example, Officer Kevin Vitorelo assisted with identity theft and residential vandalism cases in 2018. His quick support and friendly response gives the LAPD a very positive reputation.
I was downtown last week and noticed the LAPD ice cream social with young kids of our community. What a great way to promote goodwill. On behalf of our community, please extend a huge thank you to the entire Los Altos Police Department team for a job well done.