Letters to the Editor

LA considers joining anti-idling effort

The Palo Alto City Council Aug. 28 voted unanimously in favor of an anti-idling ordinance. The ordinance is expected to be educational in nature – not punitive. That’s because most people erroneously believe that idling is better for their engines, and saves gas and money. In fact, the opposite is true, and this ordinance will help set these drivers straight.

Idling is rampant and selfish. Particulate matter and greenhouse gas emissions from idling get into the lungs of our children when parents idle their engines waiting to pick them up from school, or when diesel trucks at construction sites leave their engines running for no apparent reason and turn the air brown.

Letters to the Editor

First Street Green offers ‘sensible growth’

Having had the experience of serving on the Los Altos City Council for approximately 12 years, I have reviewed many requests for approval of major projects. However, I have never witnessed the review of a project with as many community benefits as currently being proposed for the First Street Green.

This project will be located on First Street, replacing a section very much needing to be upgraded. It is being designed to be generously compliant with all boundary setbacks and would have a maximum height of 44 feet, which is in excess of the current height limit and would require a variance. The new building has excellent architectural features and would have 77,000 square feet of high-quality office space. All parking would be underground.

Letters to the Editor

Seeking truth about First Street Green

In the Aug. 16 Town Crier, I read a quote from Los Altos Community Investments representative Kelly Snider in the article “First Street Green project heads to city commissions”: “Eighty-seven percent of voters and residents in Los Altos thought a new community gathering area downtown was a good idea.”

I find this questionable. I looked at the current survey the city of Los Altos is doing online now concerning the current temporary Downtown Green and found that when asked, “Would you like to see more public gathering space in downtown Los Altos?” 57 percent responded, “No, I think downtown is just fine the way it is.”

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The Town Crier welcomes letters to the editor on current events pertinent to Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View. Write to us at 138 Main St., Los Altos 94022, Attn: Editor, or email editor Bruce Barton at bruceb@latc.com. Because editorial space is limited, please confine letters to no more than 200 words. Include a phone number for verification purposes. Anonymous letters will not be printed.

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