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: 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.

Other Voices: Outrage over Children's Corner lease

The Los Altos City Council recently announced its intention to sign a 20-year lease with the privately owned Children’s Corner, obligating the city to construct the preschool a 3,000-square-foot building and provide it with 3,500 square feet of dedicated open space, totaling 6,500 square feet. Worse, the council plans the building to be set just a pathway apart from the new Hillview Community Center.

The city has conducted its process with zero community engagement, also declining to answer residents’ requests to explain why they refuse to issue a request for proposal for a competitive bid. Additionally, it’s a violation of the council’s promise early this year to include “community outreach” as a council priority for every significant project.

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):

Editor's Notebook: A weekly reminder of mortality

This past week hasn’t been a good one for me. From an existential point of view, it’s been filled with sadness, wistfulness and a feeling of betrayal.

There’s nothing like a celebrity death to remind you that not only is your youth long gone, but life is fragile and the end is nearer than you thought.

Other Voices: Town not just horsing around with pathways ordinance

This is in regard to the article “Bitter pathways debate muddles LAH election of new vice mayor” (Oct. 18).

Boy, did this article touch a nerve. There is no dispute. The property owners knew the pathway was there when they bought the property. They deliberately built and landscaped over the original route. If they had left it alone, the pathway would have cost them nothing.

Other Voices: The flag is a symbol, but some symbols matter


I read the Oct. 25 “No Shoes, Please” column by Grace Acosta reiterating views that have been propagated in news reports and op-ed pieces for many months: professional athletes sitting or kneeling for the national anthem and presentation of the colors. She claims it is a legitimate use of First Amendment rights and an appropriate forum and method to draw attention to current American social issues.

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