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Veenker for State Assembly: Editorial

California’s 24th Assembly District stretches from a sliver of Hillsborough to the coast, and down to Mountain View, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Sunnyvale. It’s a vast district that includes one of the best schools in the world (Stanford University) and some of the most successful high-tech companies (Google Inc., Linked- In Corp.).

It probably goes without saying that the district needs a strong representative in Sacramento, someone who is smart, has a varied skill set and has the ability to think and act independently despite the inevitable political pressure to toe the line.

Editorial: Ahrens, Casas, Landsberger for Foothill-De Anza board

Not enough good things can be said about the Foothill-De Anza Community College District. It has consistently ranked at or near the top of the best community colleges statewide. The district has been a godsend for those on a budget, looking to start a new career or transfer to a four-year university.

The district is not without its challenges. Enrollment is down while the economy is up. Those wishing to take an occasional class in yoga or piano – some say a big part of the “community” in community colleges – are all but restricted now. Facilities continue to be a challenge, and the area’s high cost of living impedes teacher hiring.

LA Council: Fligor, Glew, Pepper: Editorial

What do we do about the downtown village? Rebuilding the community center? Improving traffic safety? The issues facing Los Altos are many as the community deals with the impact of rapid growth all around it.

The city needs strong leadership as it moves forward. Its council should comprise unique people – intelligent residents who thoroughly study proposals and make assertive decisions free of the overprocessing that can lead to inaction. We need members who put the greater good of the community first, who take time to listen to all and leave residents feeling like they’ve been heard.

Yes on GG – LASD parcel tax: Editorial

Don’t confuse Measure GG on the Nov. 8 ballot with Measure N, the Los Altos School District facilities bond passed in 2014. Measure N deals with physical structures only, while Measure GG, a parcel tax, provides operational funding. This means funding for teachers, the backbone of a top-of-the-line school district.

We support Measure GG. It would provide $3 million in annual funding the state eliminated during the recession eight years ago – money the state has yet to restore. The $223 per-parcel tax would not only maintain funding for district schools, it would also support Bullis Charter School, which many of our local students attend. After years of discord, it’s gratifying to see both the district and charter school communities working together for the benefit of all local children.

LAH Council: Corrigan, Spreen, Wu: Editorial

The Los Altos Hills City Council has steered the town steadily over the past 10 years. Annual budgets, even during the recession, have been solid.

The council also can boast of several accomplishments – for example, the new Little League fields, a rejuvenated Westwind Community Barn and recouping $300,000 in annual state funds the town had been shortchanged.

Raschke for LASD board: Editorial

Two competent and capable newcomers are seeking the two-year seat Nov. 8 on the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees. The seat became available when trustee Tammy Logan resigned earlier this year.

We give Tanya Raschke the edge in the race for this seat.

A rent control dilemma: Editorial

The soaring cost of housing in the Bay Area has spurred several rent control initiatives on the Nov. 8 ballot, including two measures, V and W, in Mountain View.

Measure V, sponsored by the Mountain View Tenants Coalition, is a charter amendment that would limit rent increases to 2 to 5 percent per year. Charter amendments are unchangeable without another vote of the people.

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