Other Voices: Observations, reflections on police task force

What is the level of professionalism, and do local police do things the right way? Answering these questions is what motivated me to serve on the Citizens’ Police Task Force appointed by the Los Altos City Council.

Poem celebrates spirit of election

Los Altos resident Sri Jagannathan wrote the following poem last month, inspired by the 2020 election. He said he based it on the spirit of Walt Whitman’s “O Captain! My Captain!” poem, written in 1865 as an extended metaphor on the death of Abraham Lincoln.

Other Voices: Let’s make a difference – here’s how

It seems incredible how the COVID pandemic has changed the way people go about their daily routine. Our lives have all been turned upside down. Many people have lost jobs, while the lucky ones work from home and manage to juggle professional responsibilities and family, monitoring children attending virtual classes.

Other Voices: November, the month of gratitude

Los Altos resident Anitha Rajesh wrote this reflection on a feeling to share with her family and is sharing it here, too. How is your own household taking a moment to do something that feels different this Thanksgiving? Let us know on Facebook or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”–Eckhart Tolle

Other Voices: Thank you, Mountain View, for approving Measure C

Thank you to the Mountain View community for passing Measure C, and to the Town Crier for more balanced reporting than that of our own city’s newspaper. Mountain View has been extraordinarily generous with a growing situation, but there are limits.

Other Voices: Understanding police behavior

When I was 30, I was invited on a ride-along by a San Francisco police officer who was a boyhood friend. Chris was part of something called the “S-Squad,” newly formed to “saturate” with police presence the highest crime areas in the city. Unmarked cars, each with two officers in plain clothes, randomly cruised the three neighborhoods with no instructions, except to look for something suspicious and exercise their own judgment.

Other Voices: What’s good for business is good for residents

There has been a recurring theme in the community that three Los Altos City Council candidates (Lynette Lee Eng, Scott Spielman and Terri Couture) are “resident-centric,” while three others (Sally Meadows, Kuljeet Kalkat and Jonathan Weinberg) will be beholden to developers.

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