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The three candidates competing for two open seats on the Los Altos City Council in the Nov. 8 election agreed to participate in a series of Q&As with the Town Crier highlighting key issues that may affect the city as they take the dais. 

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The three candidates competing for two open seats on the Los Altos City Council in the Nov. 8 election agreed to participate in a series of Q&As with the Town Crier highlighting key issues that may affect the city as they take the dais.

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Foothill-De Anza Community College District trustees Patrick Ahrens and Pearl Cheng will be sworn in for new four-year terms, following the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters’ certification that no challengers filed to run against the incumbents and no election is required.

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The last several years have been rough for the Cupertino Union School District, a sprawling district that extends from Montclaire Elementary School in Los Altos to San Jose. Steadily declining enrollment and budget problems led to a tough board decision last year to close two schools. Voters…

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When it comes to local and regional Democratic politics, few have had as much influence – and enjoyed as much respect – as Emily “Emy” Thurber of Los Altos. For more than 30 years, she has been a go-to community leader, committed to such causes as the environment and women’s rights. If you w…

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Alongside voting for governor, state senator and city council members in November, Santa Clara County residents will cast their ballots for local representatives charged with overseeing the Santa Clara Valley Water District, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and the Cupertino Uni…

A recent survey commissioned by the city of Los Altos indicated a majority of residents would support a potential tax measure funding police and fire services. But given the short timeline, there will be no ballot measure this year.

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The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office management is in disarray. Longtime incumbent Sheriff Laurie Smith is retiring amid corruption accusations and a no-confidence vote from the Board of Supervisors. Mentally ill inmates have died and the county has been repeatedly sued. A civil grand jur…

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We’ll get right to the point: Vote “no” on Measure A June 7. The Valley Water district’s proposal to “limit” board members’ terms to four four-year terms is actually extending terms from the current three to four. And they are spending $3.2 million in taxpayer money to include it on the prim…

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Bond measure proposals in the Fremont Union High School District have become four-year events. Measure G, a $275 million proposal on the June 7 ballot (it needs 55% approval to pass) follows Measure CC ($275 million) from 2018 and Measure K from 2014 ($295 million).

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The June 7 primary election will not include races for the local city councils or school boards. But it will feature regional races impacting Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View residents, and local candidates are vying for office.

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“Reform” was a key word at Thursday’s League of Women Voters online forum, at which four of the five candidates running for sheriff of Santa Clara County in the June 7 election answered questions submitted by local residents.

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Representatives of the group Recall CUSD Board claim that they are “very close” to reaching the number of signatures needed to officially put a measure on the ballot to recall three Cupertino Union Schools District board members.