Searching for a wrong solution: Other Voices

I write this to express my grave concern over California Constitutional Amendment SCA5, which encourages the use of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin as an admission criterion in California’s public education system. The bill recently passed the state Senate and is pending in the Assembly. If passed there, it may be placed on the November ballot.

The bill aims to repeal portions of Proposition 209 that Californians voted into the state Constitution in 1996. The author, Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-24th District), claims that Proposition 209 prohibits the University of California and California State University systems from diversifying student bodies and providing sufficient opportunities to racial groups in need.


Living with oneself: Haugh About That?

Clenching my fingers around the opposite wrist, ceasing the flow of blood to my fingertips, I stood stiff, muscles tense, and rolled my eyes in insolent teenage fashion. This was one showdown I was determined to win.

“No, Mom,” I declared. “I don’t want Paula at my slumber party.”


Letters to the Editor

Equitable arrangement needed for tennis courts

Following is an open letter to the Los Altos Parks and Recreation Department.

The tennis teaching program (run by Whitlinger & Sarsfield Tennis), at certain times of the week, currently has priority use of one of the courts at two-court sites (Montclaire and McKenzie parks), and two of the courts at three-court sites (Marymeade and Rosita parks.)


Isabella: The Rockey Road

This has been a tough week for my family. Our sweet dog, Isabella, is dying, and any day now we will be saying goodbye to her forever. She is still mentally alert and seemingly happy, but her agility has long passed and it seems to be tugging at her to follow in its path to nonexistence.

Coming to terms with the impending death of our dog has been forced upon us and, though cruel, it is a reality we must face. Death is part of life and, in Isa’s case, life is part of death. She is a Bernese mountain dog weighing in at 105 pounds. Tall and lean with very long legs, she is a supermodel in the Berner world. Stretched from back paw to front paw, she is nearly as tall as I am and probably as strong. Yet, she never pulled me on our walks, unless you count the time she darted toward her doggy friend next door, dragging me across their lawn with the greatest of ease. This beautiful body of a dog can no longer be supported by those long muscular legs, but her mind, so far, seems unscathed. Isa has, most likely, a spinal tumor and her body seems to have died while her will persists.


A student succeeds and so do I: A Piece of My Mind

I was watching a PBS documentary on the Old West – you know the type. Lots of historical photographs, lots of historical documents and some expert talking heads explaining it with their names and credentials briefly headlined.

Suddenly I shouted in amazement.


Wisdom has gone to the dogs: Other Voices

I recently attended the Wisdom 2.0 Conference in San Francisco, described as “4 Days, 2,000 People, 1 Question: How Can We Live with Wisdom, Awareness and Compassion in the Digital Age?”


Heartening support for domestic-violence victims: Other Voices

I am founder and director of the Women-of-Means Escape Network, Silicon Valley (WomenSV), a nonprofit Los Altos Community Foundation program that serves victims of affluent abusers. I want to thank the Town Crier and our local community for their incredible support of the recent “Women Rising” event at Main Street Cafe.


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