Sat10252014

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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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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Torok, Walter, Dave for MVLA board: Editorial

There’s really nothing major you can criticize about the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District. It offers a diverse array of effective programs for all types of students. Its instructors, with few exceptions, are outstanding.

However, there’s always room for improvement. The current board of trustees, some observers claim, is passive and unanimously approves whatever Superintendent Barry Groves puts in front of them. Board critics say trustees rarely introduce their own items for consideration, rarely engage in lengthy discussion about items and ask few questions.

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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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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.

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Mordo, Prochnow for Los Altos council: Editorial

For a city council to be effective, it must have councilmembers with useful expertise, community experience and an approach that emphasizes productivity and teamwork over political grandstanding.

The Los Altos City Council, as currently constituted, lacks the overall leadership and vision to effectively address long-standing issues like the downtown parking problem and renovating the civic center. This is not to say that there aren’t good councilmembers already on board – we just need more of them.

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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.

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