Other Voices: Communities can choose to end homelessness

The League of Women Voters’ Feb. 8 forum addressing the increasing numbers of RVs parked along Mountain View streets left a few things out. The biggest thing left out was homeless input. This is typical of local attitudes toward homeless issues and homeless people.

We are almost always left out. That’s one big reason why homeless services are not very effective.

Editor's Notebook: The building pressure to provide affordable housing

Don’t look now, but Los Altos is feeling the heat from the state as the desperate call for more affordable housing – and more housing, period – grows louder and louder.

The city has long been established as an affluent, primarily single-family home mecca with generous 10,000-square-foot lots. It also has long since been built out.

Other Voices: Use Target site for neighborhood school


The city of Mountain View is helping the Los Altos School District secure a property in the north of El Camino Real area for a new school. Finally, the 600 students living north of El Camino but sent to three schools up to 3 miles away – Covington, Santa Rita and Almond – can have a school in their neighborhood.

Other Voices: The right step forward for local schools

As we ring in the new year, the Los Altos School District and the city of Mountain View are on the cusp of achieving a huge victory for local students and the fast-growing north of El Camino Real neighborhood. If successful, this bold collaboration will achieve a new school and park to serve current and future generations in our communities.

As parents and local leaders who have been involved in the community-driven process that led to this plan, we’re fully supportive because of its positive educational implications and lasting community benefits. Every child who resides in the Los Altos School District receives a world-class education. We are thrilled at the prospect of bringing an excellent school to this fast-growing neighborhood.

Other Voices: Mtn. View partnership a 'win-win'


The Los Altos School District is not only near to acquiring a 10th school site and solidifying a much-needed solution to enrollment growth, but it is actually saving tens of millions of dollars in the process. Thanks to months of hard work by the district and the city of Mountain View, our community’s vision of a 10th school site and neighborhood park north of El Camino Real is close to becoming reality.

Editor's Notebook: Master plan not artfully coming together

I was disappointed in the Los Altos City Council’s reaction to the Public Art Master Plan put before council members last November. Other than then-Mayor Mary Prochnow, it appears that the current council doesn’t see the value of public art.

Officially, the council opted to “receive” the plan as opposed to endorsing it, despite committing $50,000 a year earlier to implement it.

Other Voices: OTBWs


I am hearing more creativity used every day with the language formerly known as English. Seems I might get a head start on some new words that could be easily integrated into conversations. Here are some of my OTBWs (Ought to Be Words):

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