A look ahead to the Nov. 4 election: Editorial

Election season is upon us. In Los Altos, we have three major local races ahead – two seats on the Los Altos City Council, and three seats each on the Los Altos School District and Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District boards of trustees.

The responsibility for good or ineffective leadership ultimately lies with those of us who vote. So mark this date on your calendar: Nov. 4. Do your homework and make informed choices.


Back to school, back to thumbs: Editorial

The kids are back in class at our local schools and a new political campaign season is underway, so we have our thumbs out and ready to go.

Thumbs-up: To last week’s community workshop for rebuilding the Los Altos Community Center. The Aug. 19 event drew a sizable crowd of residents who shared their ideas on what should be built not only at the community center, but also on the entire 18-acre civic center site. It was a nice effort by the city in bringing the community together.


A good start – now follow through: Editorial

The recent announcement of a five-year agreement between the Los Altos School District and Bullis Charter School is welcome relief for the entire community. After years of dispute and litigation, the pact is nothing short of a minor miracle.

Among the highlights, the two sides have agreed to end litigation. The district and the Bullis Charter School compromised on a charter school enrollment cap of 900 students and further charter school expansion on the Blach Intermediate School campus. Best of all, they’ve agreed to partner to support a bond measure.


Really, why the, eh, consolidation?

The recent merger (consolidation?) of the newly formed Friends of Los Altos (FOLA) and the 14-year-old civic organization Los Altos Neighborhood Network (LANN) left us puzzled.

A July 28 press release, which did not state plainly that the merger folded LANN into FOLA, gave the vague reason that the deal was in the “best interests of the community.” In fact, the move appears to be in the best interests of three former Los Altos councilmen, David Casas, Ron Packard and Lou Becker. Members of both boards, the three essentially made the merger happen.


Summer thumbs for your consideration

Summer is here, and we’re all thumbs:

Thumbs-up: To members of the Peninsula Symphony, who persevered through a rocky season marked by the apparent betrayal of their trusted executive director, Stephen Carlton. Carlton is currently in custody, charged with embezzling nearly all of the symphony’s savings. But symphony supporters held true to the old adage that the show must go on. They pitched in and managed to perform all of their scheduled concerts this season, including the free concert last Saturday in Los Altos. It’s good to know that the 65-year-old Peninsula Symphony is still going strong.


Pools should be included: Editorial

Los Altos residents should be receiving calls this week from city representatives conducting a survey to determine priorities for a revamped Hillview Community Center.

Notice that we did not say “civic center” – chastened by a lack of public support, the city abandoned its original plans for overhauling the entire 18-acre site. Still, the “change area” under discussion does include the soccer and baseball fields, the youth center and the police station, in addition to the community center buildings.


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