Letters to the Editor: Housing, Packard Foundation

LA council: Housing problem is solvable

Los Altos is required to build 123 above-market homes every year in the next Regional Housing Needs Allocation period. We’re also required to zone for 1,290 total below-market homes. If we fail these requirements, we’re subject to lawsuits, fines and unpleasant judicial orders. We’ve already seen the multimillion-dollar cost of attempting to avoid state mandates; we don’t need to repeat this mistake.

Rather than doing its job, the Los Altos City Council is coming up with excuses for why we can’t. However, these excuses don’t hold up. We can upzone.

For the below-market units, we can zone for multistory apartments. For the market-rate units, which actually need to be built, we’re better off going for more single-family homes. We could allow a cluster of little homes at the Los Altos Nursery site, we could permit smaller lots like the ones we already have near University Avenue and near Del Monte Avenue, we could allow some duplexes like the ones we have on Marshall Court, we’ll have accessory dwelling units, we can come up with other plans to increase density. This problem is solvable if we face up to our responsibilities.

City council, do your job.

Anne Paulson
Los Altos

Packard Foundation doing important work

We want to thank the Town Crier and reporter Eric He for the really uplifting article about the program that the Packard Foundation has begun to fund young scientists and their cutting-edge research (“Packard Foundation provides new class of researchers with funding,” Nov. 11).

It was a great story. Beyond that, we want to thank the people working at the Packard Foundation who have spearheaded a project like this that is so important at this time.

We have had to endure four years of science denial and obstruction from the federal government that has been difficult to accept, so private initiatives such as this are so important for all of us and our children’s future. It made us feel very positive when we read the article and it also made us proud to live in a community that has such a forward-thinking institution like the Packard Foundation doing so many good things for the good of humanity.

Kudos to you all, and keep up the great work!

Mark and Karen Vasser
Los Altos

Photo of tragedy insensitive

I’m writing about the article in the Town Crier’s Nov. 4 edition titled “Feds make changes after fatal boat fire,” written by Megan V. Winslow.

While the article is informative and newsworthy, I am upset that you included a photograph of the burning ship where my neighbor and his adult daughter lost their lives. What point did the photograph serve? No one, including Scott’s wife and son, should have to see this in our local publication.

I cannot unsee it, and it has caused renewed sadness around this tragedy. I cannot believe the Town Crier team didn’t consider the sensitivity before publishing this article and photograph.

Debbie Skelton
Los Altos

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