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Facts, not faith, behind support for Measure N : Other Voices

When there are facts, there is no need to rely on blind faith to support Measure N – and this is a ballot measure bolstered by facts.

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Letters to the Editor

Editor’s note: Needless to say, the neutral position the Town Crier took last week on Measure N elicited some passionate responses. A sampling follows.

Rethinking Measure N

The Town Crier’s nonendorsement of Measure N should be rethought. The decision quotes the views of a few loud extremists.

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Vote 'no' on Measure N: Other Voices

It’s best to vote “no” on the Measure N school bond in November. Strangely, there is a real danger that the Los Altos School District is underestimating its own growth needs. The district’s plans show a strong bias toward improvements on existing schools that do not provide adequately for the projected growth. An extra year or two will provide clarity on several important issues that are as yet indeterminate. These include:

• The state has plans outstanding to require every school district to offer not just one but two years of kindergarten to every student.

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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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Letters to the Editor

School lunches leave kids hungry

I could not read the guest opinion about the new school hot-lunch program without commenting (“School lunch: Opportunity to improve health, academics,” Sept. 17).

As one of the many PTA volunteers who dedicate countless hours to running the hot-lunch program, I would like to offer another perspective of the menu changes instituted this year.

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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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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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