Fri10242014

Letters to the Editor

MROSD extends thanks to local voters

I would like to thank all the voters in Los Altos and Mountain View for their overwhelming support for the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District’s Measure AA for open-space access, preservation and restoration, which passed by a greater than 2-to-1 margin last month.

I also want to thank the Los Altos City Council and the Town Crier for their strong endorsements.

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LASD, city council take positive step

The open and positive dialogue that took place at the June 19 meeting between city officials and the Los Altos School District was very encouraging and hopefully will continue.

It was most gratifying to have our two elected bodies work together to find a solution toward a suitable site to build additional school(s).

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LA resident challenges ad claims

For the third week in a row, Rob Fagen and his pro-Bullis Charter School group Each Student Counts continue to spread unhelpful misrepresentations about how our K-8 school district raises and spends money.

Now Fagen claims that the Los Altos School District spent “a substantial portion” of the last $95 million school facility bond on district administrative offices. I checked, and learned that the district spent less than 4 percent of the bond on its administrative facilities and boardroom. Compared with an already frugal 7 percent spending on administrative functions, that seems reasonable.

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Global warming based on poor data

The whole climate change debate was initiated by researchers at the University of East Anglia in England. The fake data they had been advertising was uncovered by hackers digging into department emails. This revealed a huge fraud in processing temperature data. There was also clearly an agenda that was an attempt to intimidate anyone who disagreed with the global-warming advocates. Huge sums of money are involved. The head of the department has since admitted that there is no statistical evidence that global warming is man-made.

Investigations of the way temperatures have risen were gathered in order to publish average temperatures that would support global warming. In Siberia, hundreds of stations simply went off- line. This elimination of Russia’s coldest temperatures meant that the average temperature for Russia was bound to be higher. Temperatures for California, in the Sierra, were also dropped, and temperatures for Los Angeles and San Francisco were left in the calculation of the average temperature for California.

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Owners of Boardwalk offer thanks

It is with great sorrow that my family announces the closing of our longtime restaurant The Boardwalk on El Camino Real in Los Altos.

Thirty-eight years ago my husband Bernie Tougas and I opened The Boardwalk restaurant as a burger and hot-sandwich eatery for the community to enjoy great food, relax with friends, bring the kids after their ball games, play pinball, grab lunch during the week and watch a favorite sports team with a group of like-minded fans.

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Residents receive solid return on investment

In a recent advertisement in the Town Crier (May 28), a local group questioned what Los Altos School District residents receive in return for the taxes they pay. Because local voters approved these taxes, it is a fair question.

The simple answer is that the district delivers a first-rate educational program. It performs extremely well, and your children perform well in our schools, in high school and in college.

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Message to LASD trustees differs

I would like to join the nonprofit group Each Student Counts, recently formed by advocates of Bullis Charter School, in urging Los Altos School District taxpayers to contact district trustees. However, the message I recommend that taxpayers convey is appreciation for the responsible stewardship the trustees have over our taxpayer dollars, including parcel-tax funds. If you investigate a little, you will find that the district has a higher API score than four of the five districts mentioned in the charter school group’s ad (Town Crier, May 28) and spends less per pupil than three out of the five. That is a record to be proud of.

I am puzzled by the question posed in the charter school’s ad: “Why Do LASD Taxpayers Pay More?” I spent about five minutes doing a little research and math to answer this question. The answer is so that we can maintain the highest-quality education in the state despite receiving less money per pupil from the state than many districts. The real question to me is why the charter school advocate group couldn’t answer this question for themselves. Their focus on comparing parcel taxes is incomplete and very misleading.

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