Letters to the Editor: Biking after dark, importance of library

Watch out when riding after dark

As darkness falls, more and more cyclists in Los Altos are riding without lights of any sort. Dressed in dark clothing, they are like shadows passing in the night.

It’s time to encourage all cyclists to put good lights on their bikes – both front and rear – and stay safe.

James Thurber
Los Altos

LA Library provides essential service

A recent letter, “Don’t waste tax funds on new library” (Town Crier, Nov. 4), is an example of misguided hyperbole driven by an underlying, unclear motivation with no factual basis.

The most positive aspect of the present main library is the amazing performance of the staff, supported by the county library system. Built in 1964, remodeled in 1993, our undersized and antiquated main library severely restricts the ability to deliver critical services to the Los Altos community.

A new, modern library would significantly expand the children’s library with dedicated program space and children’s bathrooms and would include dedicated spaces for teens to enable group study and group innovation projects; acoustically separated spaces to support collaborative activities; more seating choices – 60% of 500,000 people walking through the door annually are not making a transaction, but are using the library in other ways; more space for personal technology with access to power at every seat; and space for the Friends of the Library, a dedicated group of volunteers who raise close to $200,000 a year.

Any tax funds to build a new library would be decided by the residents – and they have the right to decide.

David Smith
Los Altos

Foothill construction on the road to success

I’m not a fan of the road construction project at the corner of Foothill Expressway and El Monte Avenue. It seems like a huge waste of money. But I did want to mention what an incredibly good job I think the contractor, Redgwick Construction Co., is doing!

I’ve been impressed by the fact that they always have things well marked, and traffic has moved nicely through the area every day. It can’t be easy for them to work with the constant traffic and changes either. Just thought it would be nice to tell them “thank you.”

Teri Berwick
Los Altos

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