Life in the Hills: The people you meet – getting to know neighbors at city parks

Truvy, Pippin, Oreo, Mabel, Olive, Lula, Zack, Benjy, Spuds, Sage, Kai, Tipsy and Emmie. At first, it was all about taking my dog, Maverick, to see his friends and release his boundless energy so that I wouldn’t feel as guilty leaving him at home as I went about my day. We would head to Lincoln Park or Shoup Park early in the morning before the kids arrived to play. The moment we turned on University Avenue, Maverick would know where we were going and start barking uncontrollably. By the time I parked the car, he would be practically sitting in my lap preparing to leap out to greet his friends.


Other Voices: Students' strike for climate change inspires hope


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Los Altos High School students take part in the School Strike for Safe Climate Change March 15.

Disappointment. Bubble. Apathy. Hope.

Other Voices: Avoid Hillview delays, redesigns

With our current Hillview Community Center over 75 years old and literally falling down, and years of attempts to rebuild it, our 2017 Los Altos City Council (Jeannie Bruins, Lynette Lee Eng, Jean Mordo, Jan Pepper and Mary Prochnow) made a prudent decision to move forward with plans and a financial commitment to build a much-needed new community center.

Other Voices: Books for Schools fund represents new chapter for teachers

I must describe a remarkable and heartwarming experience that I had a few weeks ago.

Other Voices: Time for BCS to have a single school site

We live in Silicon Valley, a place that fosters and respects competition. Our public school system should not be a monopoly and should focus on the best interests of children – not adults. The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees’ decisions show that it is not using the public funds wisely. Allowing portables to be used for decades to house students while the administrators enjoy new buildings is an outrage. We need to change the school boundaries to maximize the usage of each school site. Change is a part of life. It is inefficient to have one school at three locations, especially the biggest school in the district.

Bullis Charter School is a gift to the district. This charter school has successfully offered children an alternative educational choice for 16 years. Its track record is outstanding. I moved my son from our neighborhood school across the street from our home to Bullis Charter School after kindergarten because our home school wasn’t a good match for his learning style and needs. There are many children at Bullis that have different learning styles and the administration makes it easy for children to get the support they need. Bullis welcomes all children including those with an IEP or a 504 Plan.

Other Voices: Miramonte bike path: No change

Following is a letter sent to Los Altos Public Works Dec. 4, 2012.

On rare occasions I ride a bicycle, and none too steadily when I do. A week ago I jumped on my wife’s bike to go from our home on Nancy Lane to Loyola Corners. When I got to the portion of the ride on Miramonte just south of Aura, I was extremely frightened and surprised at the danger to which I was exposed.

Other Voices: Let's have an honest conversation around LASD facilities

Los Altos School District trustees held a public forum Jan. 16 for local residents to voice their opinions about the ongoing facilities issues and Bullis Charter School’s Proposition 39-mandated facilities request.

The meeting was respectful and factual, and I’m optimistic that this will be a turning point in the ongoing conversation around facilities in the Los Altos School District. We’ve heard from the community a desire to know more about Bullis Charter School’s goals and intentions, so I’ve outlined some of my thoughts here. I am expressing my personal opinion and not speaking for the entire Bullis Charter School Board of Directors, but I hope this helps.


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