Letters to the Editor – Week of Sept. 4

Women’s Caucus backs LASD-BCS conversation

The Los Altos Women’s Caucus is dedicated to increasing community engagement in our governing processes and spreading factual information about issues that are of importance to the Los Altos community.

Recently, on June 4, we sponsored a meeting to foster citizen understanding of the basic issues facing the Los Altos School District and Bullis Charter School. We felt there was a lack of information available to Los Altans on how the two systems function and interact and did our best to provide information about how each operates, the laws governing their operations and the impact each has on the other. About 100 people attended the meeting and learned about finances, student populations, Proposition 39 and its processes and requirements, governance of the two entities and how the education code provides for charter schools.

As a promised follow-up to the June meeting, there has been a serious attempt to answer the questions that were prompted by the audience. Both the district and Bullis Charter School have been in consultation with our researchers. As anyone who works on these issues knows, the problems and answers are complicated. The live video of the meeting in June as well as the questions and answers are both posted on our website at losaltoswomenscaucus.org.

The Los Altos School District will be sponsoring public hearings this fall with a focus on the location and size of Bullis Charter School.

We encourage the public to notice and attend the public hearings and hope that the material we have provided will help the conversation.

The Los Altos Women’s Caucus: Marge Bruno, Robin Abrams, Jane Reed, Susan Mensinger, Marie Young, Neysa Fligor and Emily Thurber

Reinstate televised city council meetings

The loss of the cable channel that televised city council meetings is disastrous for Los Altans who care about their government.

We who watch it regularly to understand local developments need access to this. No matter the reason for being unable to attend in person, this resource is a gift that must not be taken away.

Many of us have missed this eye on our government. Please reinstate the televised meeting in its appropriate setting so that we may stay informed.

Elizabeth (Betsy) Reeves

Los Altos

Downtown boasts ample parking

I agree it’s time to get over parking fixations (“Downtown needs to get over parking fixation,” Aug. 7). Downtown is vibrant with ample parking and lots of outdoor dining in front of eateries.

I like the slanted parking; it allows for more cars to be parked. There’s slanted parking on most of Main Street, but not all. To my knowledge, there’s not been any bicyclists injured by a car pulling out of those spots. Drivers can be just as unaware parking parallel.

Los Altos is similar to downtown Menlo Park (Santa Cruz Avenue): some slanted parking, some parallel, and parking plazas behind many businesses.

Downtown unfriendly to cyclists? I think most downtowners drive or walk there, rather than bike. Unless, of course, they’re part of the Foothill Expressway cyclists who mostly come for morning coffee.

Another thing: You mention that people headed to downtown might actually use Uber or Lyft to get there. Hmm … I question that. Los Altos is a family-friendly downtown. Very different from Mountain View and other nearby downtowns. What’s really different about Los Altos is that it’s not right off El Camino Real, as are downtown Mountain View, Palo Alto, Menlo Park and others. Being right off El Camino would add even more vibrancy, I imagine.

Rita Cartalano

Los Altos

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