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Pay now or pay later: Editorial

As we head into the 2016-2017 fiscal year, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View are reflecting the current healthy economy with healthy budgets.

An increase in property taxes, which account for much of the local budgets, has Los Altos filling positions left vacant since the 2008 recession. Mountain View is hiring an additional 24 staffers to handle the deluge of projects accompanying the city’s phenomenal growth.


A retreat – and then a charge?: Editor's Notebook

Most companies tend to schedule retreats once a year. The Los Altos City Council has held two over the past six months.

There was good reason to organize the latest one, however. A lot had taken place – and not taken place – between the January retreat and the one held June 18.

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Land purchase is best option for school district

The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees made a decision to pursue the purchase of an additional school site at its June 13 board meeting.

While we are excited about the possibilities for an innovative new school on this site, the purchase is not yet final. Rather, the board’s decision is to formally pursue a purchase. If negotiations are successful, the board will review and vote on a term sheet at the end of June, at which time the major terms would be made public. We would then have an extended period of time – the contingency period – wherein we would seek community input and perform our due diligence. At the end of the process, the final binding purchase decision would be made by the board.

Letters to the Editor

Los Altos coyotes must be removed

There have been several coyote attacks in highly populated areas, in broad daylight, in the South Clark Avenue area of Los Altos recently.

These aggressive hunter-scavengers represent a clear danger, not only to pets, but to children and fragile adults. Humans that are bitten or even nipped could be required to undergo the rabies prophylaxis regimen.

Land purchase the best LASD solution: Editorial

Los Altos School District trustees were expected Monday night to sign off on the purchase of a property at 5150 El Camino Real in Los Altos. The 4-acre site is being eyed as the new location for Bullis Charter School and its 900 students.

The action caps a frustrating 18-month search by district officials to find suitable property in one of the most expensive regions in the country. The high cost of land limits the district to purchasing one site when two would be ideal, despite access to $150 million under the Measure N bond, approved by voters in 2014.

Orlando: No Shoes, Please

Last week I watched an interview with six surgeons who had cared for the wounded and dying in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, during which gunman Omar Mateen shot approximately 100 people.

One doctor noted that assault weapons such as the one used by Mateen fire bigger bullets faster than handguns or civilian-type firearms. The resulting wounds inflicted are worse, the tissue damage more extensive.

Little white lies: Haugh About That?

As the tall silver fox from Sausalito chatted on, I found my breath taken away. It isn’t often I meet a handsome stranger at a Sharks game, but as the fans began to scream, we knew it was time to go inside. Saying goodbye, we exchanged business cards with the promise to meet again.

For the next several days, we flirted via text and email.


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