Don't put politics ahead of open space
As co-chair of the Los Altos Hills Parks and Recreation Committee and
co-founder of the non-profit Los Altos Hills Recreation Programs, I take
great exception to Council Member Steve Finn's blatantly untrue assertion in
a recent campaign flier that Westwind Barn's "public recreation"
redesignation as proposed by the LAH Citizen's Open Space Initiative would
expose that property and its neighbors to a future soccer field, hordes of
non-resident people attending to watch, and untenable parking.
In our current and future plans as a committee, we have never considered
soccer fields or any other construction of recreation facilities on the
Westwind Property. Our goal is and always will be to provide recreation
programs for the residents of Los Altos Hills with a focus on using existing
facilities such as Byrne Preserve, Westwind Barn, and the Little League
Fields. In fact, it was in a meeting with the Town's Finance and Investment
Committee in September 2001 that we were first alerted to the possibility of
the council looking at Westwind and other Town properties for possible sale.
This prompted our Committee to issue a statement to the Town supported by
our Council liaison Emily Cheng, that Westwind Barn and its property be
reserved for the existing Ohlone Children's Camp, Westwind Riding Camp and
other resident-oriented events held by our organization.
As a Los Altos Hills resident, I am supporting the LAH Citizen's Open Space
Initiative because it is more complete in its protection of Town-owned lands
than that offered by the current Town Council. I hope that Council Member
Finn can put politics aside and do what is best for our Town and its
residents and support this initiative as well.
Co-chairwoman, Los Altos Hills Parks and Recreation Committee