Sat12202014

Further reflections on security versus privacy: A Piece of My Mind

When I wrote last month’s column (“Security versus privacy,” Oct. 1), I was angry and upset. The local middle school, where I had been tutoring as a volunteer, notified me that in order to continue I would have to undergo a background check by the FBI, the Department of Justice and the local police department at my own expense. This requirement is now “district policy.” The cost to each potential volunteer would be $67. I felt that this was an unwarranted invasion of my privacy, a heavy-handed attempt by the district to shield itself from lawsuits in case anything bad happened and a serious deterrent to potential volunteers.

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Letters to the Editor

Tree removal should require notification

Recently, when a developer wanted to remove five beautiful Douglas fir trees, my neighbors and I discovered how tree removal occurs in Los Altos.

Although there is no requirement to notify nearby homeowners, luckily the developer was gracious enough to do so. We called in another arborist, who determined that the trees could be saved.

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Huttlinger urges ‘yes’ vote on Measure N

The Huttlinger Alliance for Education urges a “yes” vote on Measure N to fund the facilities needed to support the increasing enrollment in our public schools.

The Alliance was formed in 2012 when a joint Los Altos School District/Bullis Charter School plan proposed closing a district school to accommodate Bullis Charter School. Since then, the district has gathered data, explored options and set priorities with groups – with teachers, parents, administrators, Bullis Charter School and residents of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View represented.

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Off the fence: TC recommends 'yes' on N

The Town Crier initially offered no position on the controversial $150 million Measure N bond on Tuesday’s ballot. But some of the reasons we gave in our Oct. 15 editorial were, on reflection, overly critical and based on inaccurate information.

We understand that the Los Altos School District has been working for several years planning for enrollment growth, and that the content of the bond measure is a reflection of that. We now take into account the fact that the district could only afford to build one new campus at best given the funding limit of the bond measure, even though two campuses were recommended and are needed.

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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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Better late than never: No Shoes, Please

We were en route to a wedding, nowhere close to making the 4 p.m. ceremony’s start time. It was bumper-to-bumper on Highway 92, and my husband was kicking himself for not remembering that October is prime pumpkin-patch season in Half Moon Bay.

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No. 1 priority: Relocate the charter school campus: Other Voices

Los Altos voters must keep in mind the legal requirement for the Los Altos School District to provide school facilities for Bullis Charter School, and how this requirement might be met if Measure N doesn’t pass. Consider this sequence of events.

Currently, the district houses 10 schools on nine campuses. Although the charter school will have 900 students in 2016, it does not have a campus. Its facilities are divided and housed on the edges of the Blach and Egan middle school campuses. If Measure N passes, the first priority for the funds is enrollment growth management, and clearly the Bullis Charter School/Blach/Egan situation is the severest example of crowding in the district. The charter school needs its own campus, and the district needs to recover its space at Blach and Egan.

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