Other Voices: El Camino more than a community hospital

Since relocating to the Bay Area a year ago to serve as CEO of El Camino Hospital, I have come to really enjoy Northern California and exploring the outdoors, golfing and hiking along the coast and in the mountains. I also have had the opportunity to meet many of our local residents in Los Altos, Mountain View and Sunnyvale through community and civic events. It has been a privilege to see and hear firsthand how El Camino Hospital’s commitment to the community’s health has made an impact, and in some cases how we can keep improving.

We have two hospitals, as well as many outpatient services like the Cancer Center, where we see and treat patients, but El Camino Hospital is more than our facilities. Many of our employees were born and raised here, and they dedicate their livelihood to supporting the health and well-being of neighbors like you.

Other Voices: Students best served by collaboration, transparency and community

When I joined the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees in 2014, the district and Bullis Charter School had just finalized a five-year agreement to set aside our differences and work toward a mutually beneficial, long-term school facilities solution. Today, we are finally on the cusp of executing that vision. With continued collaboration and transparency, I believe Bullis Charter School and the district can agree on a plan that benefits all local students.


In recent years, our community was relieved that Bullis Charter School and the district chose collaboration instead of lawsuits. With collaboration, the charter school and district schools and students thrived. Together, we passed a bond measure to resolve our school facilities challenges and a parcel tax to support educational programs for all of our students.

Life in the Hills: Summer tradition

The first summer we moved out west from Chicago, long before we were parents, we were introduced to a Bay Area gem of a day. Our in-the-know friends invited us to accompany them to the Mountain Play up in Marin. Everything about it appealed to us.

Other Voices: Shedding light on shared community interests

As superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, I sometimes struggle with difficult decisions. I consider all perspectives and opposing views, and seeking fair solutions on tough calls can keep me up at night. You have undoubtedly heard that the MVLA Board of Trustees is considering the installation of stadium lights at Mountain View and Los Altos high schools. The stadium lights discussion is one of those tough calls.

Other Voices: Pets In Need agreement means saving abused, neglected and at-risk animals

Three years ago, the city of Palo Alto released an audit of Palo Alto Animal Services that confirmed the shelter is woefully outdated and fails to meet the modern-day standards for animal care.

To their credit, city leaders recognized that the shelter – which also serves Los Altos and Los Altos Hills – could no longer continue to operate as is without a significant increase in general fund subsidy, donations and/or revenue-generating contracts.

Other Voices: Unceremoniously dumped by corporate America

I was 22 when I broke my first world record. It started with an abrupt tap on my shoulder at 10:30 a.m. on a Monday in the heart of corporate America – if corporate America even has a heart.

Other Voices: Blame it on Velcro

On Sept. 28, 1919, the New York Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-1 in a game that lasted 51 minutes – a record for a nine-inning game that has stood the test of time for 99 years.

Baseball’s longest single inning tick-tocked at 1 hour, 8 minutes on May 8, 2004, between the Tigers and Rangers, 17 minutes longer than baseball’s shortest nine-inning game.

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