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Mountain View Voice

Opinion - August 28, 2009

Letters to the Editor

Get engaged on college board appointment

Editor:

The Foothill-De Anza Community College Board of Trustees has posted on its Web site the names of applicants for the seat that Hal Plotkin has vacated, along with their resumes and letters of application. The League of Women Voters urges the community to take a moment to read this important information and to write to the Foothill-De Anza Board of Trustees with their comments.

Why is it important for the public to do this? The Hal Plotkin seat will be the third seat that has been filled by an appointment (There is no competition for the two seats that were up for election this year as the incumbents were not challenged.) While it appears that these appointments were unavoidable, it has meant that the issues of the college district have not been talked about in an open forum for some time, and these issues are important. They include the appointment of a new chancellor, the closing of a budget gap, decisions about a partnership with UC Santa Cruz and the NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, and implementation of Measure C.

The Board of Trustees will appoint the new trustee at its Aug. 31 board meeting after interviews. For up-to-date information on the applicants, go to www.fhda.edu and click on "Applicants for Trustee Vacancy."

Sue Graham, president,

League of Women Voters

Los Altos-Mountain View

Closing Line 34 would be shortsighted

Editor:

My 76-year-old mother recently moved to Mountain View to be close to me and my children. While her health is excellent, her eyesight and stamina are not as good as they once were, making public transit a critical city service for her. Who knows how long she will be able to drive to the grocery store: already, she feels unsafe driving at night.

As a result, when she was evaluating houses to buy, she had one vital objective: proximity to shopping and transit. We felt very lucky when she found a house close to us and to VTA Line 34. But now we hear that the VTA is considering eliminating this line entirely, leaving hundreds of seniors, including my mother, stranded ("Line 34 bus service hangs in the balance," Aug. 21).

I am shocked by this. At a time when the city is making lots of noise about — and spending lots of money on — environmental responsibility and development of housing close to transit, to even consider eliminating a bus line seems hypocritical at worst and short-sighted at best. Not to mention the fact that the recent expansion of the low-cost senior housing at Hackett and Sierra Vista will leave even more seniors, lured here by the accessibility of the area, high and dry if this line goes away.

Do we have a commitment to seniors? Do we have a commitment to environmental responsibility and social justice? What does Mountain View stand for anyway?

Anne Cheilek

Sierra Vista Avenue

Comments

Posted by Gramdma, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Aug 28, 2009 at 6:48 pm

Er... in my family we take care of our parents. We care for them in their old age. We don't let them ride public transportation. We wait on them as they waited on us. We even arranged for our spinster aunt to be taken care. We don't expect the public and taxpayers to fill this role. My grandparents died in our house when I was young. Yes, there are some who have no family and need state support, but those with family in the area should depend on their family for "accessibility" to the area.