Letters to the Editor – Week of Aug. 28

Nix parcel tax and phase out value cap

Should we be phasing out the assessed value cap of Proposition 13 to raise revenue instead of adding a parcel tax? (“CUSD parcel tax headed to November ballot,” Aug. 7).

I work in the Santa Clara County Office of the Assessor. I speak to people frequently about their property taxes. If the Proposition 13 value cap was intended to help everyone, I can say with confidence that it has failed.


Letters to the Editor – Week of Aug. 21

Allow homeless students to sleep on campuses

We have read that nearly 20% of Foothill and De Anza students do not have housing. They couch surf or sleep in their cars.

We think it is a great idea to allow the homeless Foothill and De Anza students to park on campus in the designated parking lot(s). The fact that they are attending college is a positive indicator that they are trying to improve their lives. College is challenging enough for students without worrying about where they will sleep, shower and use toilets, as well as the safety factor.

Letters to the Editor – Week of Aug. 14

Reforms offered to increase vibrancy

Thank you for the great Aug. 7 editorial, “Downtown needs to get over parking fixation.” As members of the Los Altos Citywide Parking Committee, we published an executive summary that found that:

• “Since 2006, the city of Los Altos has approved eight development projects that granted variances or exceptions for 292 stalls required by code.”


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