Letters to the Editor: Off-gassing, reach codes

Off-gassing poses health, safety concerns

I am a 13-year-old student here in Los Altos. I am very concerned about our future and the future of my kids.

One of the leading problems that is occurring in our community is greenhouse gases emitted from buildings. This is because the off-gassing from stoves and other appliances are not always collected in the hood. Much of the exhaust will be emptied in the air, which not only is concerning for our environment, but for our health as well.

If we accept the new reach codes and put them into place, we will be the 30th city in the Bay Area to do so.

Learn about reach codes on the city’s reach code website at losaltosca.gov/communitydevelopment/page/reach-codes.

Addy Kopp

Los Altos

Reach codes apply only to new homes

The Los Altos City Council proposes joining neighboring communities in adopting “reach codes.” These are strengthened building codes that take advantage of the clean electricity generated by solar panels that are now required on all new construction. The electric technologies in these codes have evolved and are now cost effective and proven. Savvy builders and homeowners are already installing them.

Reach codes only apply to new construction. They do not force us to do anything different to our existing homes. On average, only 40 new construction permits are issued by the city each year. With a housing stock of approximately 11,500 homes, what the city council is asking for is hardly a revolution!

It is hard to make changes today for something that may appear far away. But the reality is, we need to act now. Mayor Jan Pepper states in her recent column in the Town Crier, “The whole world has come together to combat COVID-19. … What if we harnessed this same level of dedication to combat climate change?”

Passing reach codes for new construction is one big step to help us get there before it’s too late.

Connie Miller

GreenTown Los Altos

Why oppose freedom of the press?

In response to the letter published March 11, “Andronico’s: Why peddle polarizing paper?” – the letter writer got Andronico’s Market to remove The Epoch Times, a weekly newspaper – I’m disappointed that some Town Crier readers are apparently so opposed to freedom of the press that they want to suppress publications that conflict with their views.

Anyone who is interested in the origins of the coronavirus should view The Epoch Times’ investigative reporting film, “Tracking Down the Origins of the Wuhan Coronavirus.” The Epoch Times has been very much on top of the virus situation, reporting news that other outlets don’t, perhaps because of fear of Chinese economic retaliation.

Our country is much stronger if its citizens are exposed to a variety of viewpoints and can defend their positions against others who think differently than if its citizens see only news they want and avoid or miss other points of view.

Roy Woolsey

Los Altos Hills

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