Wed11262014

Serving those who served us: Editorial

“Thank you for your service” often comes across as lip service to our veterans. As always, actions speak louder than words.

The Rotary Club of Los Altos has taken plenty of action, contributing time and money to improve opportunities for veterans through the Veterans Resource Center at Foothill College. Young vets are getting a new start in civilian life, thanks to the work of the center.

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Housing 'affordable' in name only: Editorial

“Spate of affordable housing coming soon to Los Altos” read a front-page headline in last week’s Town Crier. Hmm. Perhaps we were overstating the case.

“Affordable” is a relative term. By the rest of the nation’s standards, the entire Bay Area is unaffordable. And Los Altos is the least affordable city in the Bay Area. A recently released Coldwell Banker report revealed that Los Altos is the most expensive market in the nation – compared with similar homes in 2,000 markets across the U.S. Seven other Bay Area cities round out the top 10.

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Reeder, Fung for El Camino HCD: Editorial

The good news for the El Camino Healthcare District (formerly the El Camino Hospital District, for those still getting used to the new name) is that there is a contested election Nov. 4 for the district’s board of directors. Three candidates are running for two open seats on the five-member district board.

A competitive election is always a good thing. It generates candidate discussion and draws public attention to issues that could otherwise go unnoticed. The bad news with El Camino is that there is only one clearly qualified candidate – incumbent David Reeder. The other seat will be filled either by challenger Dr. Peter Fung or by former Mountain View Councilwoman Margaret Abe-Koga. Dr. Fung gets our nod here based on his medical knowledge and commitment. He said he would cede his leadership of the hospital’s stroke center to serve on the board.

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Thumbs-up after the election: Editorial

In the wake of the election, we’re all thumbs.

Thumbs-up: To all the candidates participating in the local races. Regardless of the outcomes, we salute your involvement and commitment to making a difference for the better in our community. During our interviews, we met candidates who exhibited passion, expertise and sound knowledge about the governing bodies they wished to represent. A campaign is a gauntlet of filing fees, fundraising, forums, meet-and-greets and door-to-door visits. It takes special people to endure the grind of a campaign.

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Logan, McClatchie, Peruri for LASD board: Editorial

This is a crucial time for the Los Altos School District. Its leadership faces the challenge of balancing enrollment growth versus maintaining the small, neighborhood schools that make it a very popular district to attend. The district must also adapt to the new Common Core curriculum, changing technologies and project-based learning. Then there are the tasks of prioritizing projects under Measure N funding should the $150 million bond measure pass, and solving the Bullis Charter School facilities puzzle.

The road ahead is daunting, yet the challenges present opportunities for the district to further improve its performance. With three seats open on the five-member board of trustees, voters face critical decisions when selecting a new board majority in the Nov. 4 election.

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Off the fence: TC recommends 'yes' on N

The Town Crier initially offered no position on the controversial $150 million Measure N bond on Tuesday’s ballot. But some of the reasons we gave in our Oct. 15 editorial were, on reflection, overly critical and based on inaccurate information.

We understand that the Los Altos School District has been working for several years planning for enrollment growth, and that the content of the bond measure is a reflection of that. We now take into account the fact that the district could only afford to build one new campus at best given the funding limit of the bond measure, even though two campuses were recommended and are needed.

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Measure N: Town Crier has no recommendation: Editorial

We love our Los Altos School District schools. They’re a vital part of our thriving community – not because their excellence generates optimal property values, but because they give our children a great public education. We salute Superintendent Jeff Baier and the district’s board of trustees on continuing the district’s success despite years of contentious Bullis Charter School negotiations.

So it pains us to say that we can’t quite give an enthusiastic “Yes!” to Measure N. We know that the district needs facilities improvements, just as we know that enrollment growth is real. But as currently proposed, the initiative promises everything and guarantees nothing. It’s the equivalent of handing over a $150 million blank check with faith that the district will figure it out.

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