Letters to the Editor: Earthquake preparation, Persky recall, Measure E, parks initiative

Quake preparation requires unity

Regarding the May 16 letter “LAH not prepared for the next big quake,” I found it curious that one of the biggest earthquake problems is freeway collapse “cutting the town in two,” presumably meaning “west” of Interstate 280 cut off from “east” of the freeway.

It seems to me the town has always been cut in two between “north” and “south” – there is no way to go from one side to the other except by leaving town via 280 (owned by the state) or circumnavigating the edge of town at Summerhill Avenue (one direction of which is part of the unincorporated county).

Letters to the Editor: Art submissions, parks and Persky

Artists urged to submit work for display

The city of Los Altos, through the Public Arts Commission, runs a Sculpture Loan Program that places artwork throughout the city, adding vibrancy and creativity to downtown and parks.

Currently, there are several vacant spots, with a 2- or 3-foot-square base, waiting to be filled with new and exciting pieces.

Letters to the Editor: Value of community college, quake prep, parks iniative and Persky

Foothill College led to book’s success

Reading Alexander Shebanow’s May 12 column, “I found my voice in community college,” reminded me how an intense five-day-a-week transistor course with lab at Foothill College in the early 1960s changed my life.

It was taught by Ben Lange, a physicist from Lockheed. Using material from that course, I put together a transistor course for Hewlett-Packard’s service department, which ran 7-9 a.m. three times a week for six weeks to teach repair guys how to fix transistorized products. Then Dave Packard asked me to make it into a two-day course for HP’s customers. I did, and it became so popular that there were five of us out full time teaching it across the U.S. and around the world. We did this for five years.

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