In violation of agreed upon ground rules with the county, Stanford University moved forward with a "side deal" with the Palo Alto Unified School District — and made that deal contingent upon county approval of Stanford's development agreement. Stanford is acting in bad faith, and Palo Altans should demand better. I hope the PAUSD leaders will ask Stanford to do the right thing and make a non-conditional commitment to Palo Alto's schoolchildren.
Dana Avenue, Palo Alto
Actions speak louder than words
Any further expression of concern about housing shortages by either the Palo Alto City Council or that of Mountain View can only be regarded as hypocritical when the Palo Alto council approves the conversion of a residential facility to a transient hotel and the Mountain View Council approves the demolition of affordable apartments in favor of a smaller number of town houses.
James R. Madison
Holly Avenue, Menlo Park
Keep Palo Alto's history intact
Must old building after old building in our town be torn down and replaced with ones that look much like many others that were constructed in the last few years?
Concerning 565 Hamilton Ave., the large yellow building is still in very good shape. The apartments in it can be made somewhat more modern, mostly when it comes to kitchens. Or, the building could become a social hall for gatherings, perhaps weddings in the church across the street, then they would also have a lovely garden in which to socialize. This garden was tended for many years by Althea Andersen, who owned the property for more years than I can give witness to.
Let's not destroy something that is history in this town.
Webster Street, Palo Alto
Seniors still deserve better
Regarding the April 12 letter "Debunking concerns about Avenidas building," your reader wrongly claims that carpeting versus soft vinyl flooring is chosen for ease of cleaning and that there is no evidence that carpeting itself is bad for asthma and other health-related issues.
I'd like to quote retired nurse Sylvia P. Gleason: "Having worked in nursing at Stanford Hospital for 30 years, I understand the needs of the elderly since I have experience in geriatrics and also in infectious disease. I know how important it is to not use carpeting where elderly congregate. It is not only bad for health, it harbors germs. It also is a risk for elderly to fall or trip. We must be pro-active for our seniors and residents of Palo Alto."
At great expense, over the past two years, downtown Palo Alto's Lytton Gardens Senior Communities and Webster House Health Care Center have each replaced much of their carpeting with attractive, soft vinyl faux-wood flooring for health, safety, ease of cleaning and maintenance reasons.
Toxic chemicals are used to clean carpets; soap and water clean vinyl flooring.
Seniors deserve better.
Guinda Street, Palo Alto
Poppies in bloom
Palo Alto residents are encouraged to visit Foothills Park and see a wonderful carpet of California poppies. They can be seen in Wild Horse Valley and are best viewed after 11 a.m. when the blossoms are fully open.
Twenty-five years ago, Greg Betts of the city's Parks and Recreation Commission organized the Friends of Foothills Park. Since then, hundreds of schoolchildren, college students and adults from Belmont to San Jose and the East Bay have cleared invasive weeds that overcrowded most of the native wildflowers. Those volunteer workers, plus the park staff, are responsible for this gorgeous, inspiring display.
Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
People should do more to help environment
In his letter "SB 50 would harm environment," published in the Weekly on April 12, Rick DeGolia stated, "The largest source of pollution in the state is transportation." An additional way to cut back on greenhouse gases besides "converting to electric vehicles" is for cities to encourage small businesses and to hire people from within the community — not from the Central Valley, another state or another country. There is no reason why people should have to live like packed sardines. As population decreases externally and internally, more people will be able to afford their homes, and there will be less stress to live with.
Building multistory housing/apartments and businesses is forcing people to spend more money on mechanical means to meet their needs and wants, which adds to global warming. Large buildings and large trees block out the sun, which is free to all. People should be encouraged to use it to the utmost. Let the sun dry our clothes, heat our homes and water, provide us with light and grow our food. Passive solar is simpler and less expensive than depending on active solar, and if the power goes out, one would be better able to face the situation.
This means people need to keep their trees thinned and open for the sun to shine through — especially in the winter.
Electric cars and letting the Peninsula Clean Energy company provide us with our electricity and gas is great, but there is more each and every one of us can do as individuals.
Walnut Avenue, Atherton
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