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Airplane noise recommendations solid: Editorial

Check out this crazy scenario: The U.S. Congress and the Federal Aviation Administration, which implemented the new NextGen flight path system to benefit the airline industry, essentially created a nationwide problem by forgetting to consider the impact of such a change on people on the ground.

The subsequent increase in airplane noise spurred millions of protests in metropolitan areas across the nation. Noise generated by flights into and out of San Francisco International Airport alone generated hundreds of thousands of complaints and spawned the organization of dozens of protest groups.


We're all post-election thumbs

Thumbs-up: To all of the candidates and their supporters who devoted time, energy and funds to make a difference in their communities. Regardless of the election results, the strong competition for seats on the Los Altos and Los Altos Hills city councils and the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees shows a passion to get involved. The strong voter turnout proves again that this community truly cares about its future. Voter apathy? Not in Los Altos.

Thumbs-up: To newly named Los Altos Police Chief Andy Galea, and a fond farewell to outgoing chief Tuck Younis. Chief Younis, you did your job and you brought a friendly, approachable style to local law enforcement. We’re confident Chief Galea will honor your legacy.

Veenker for State Assembly: Editorial

California’s 24th Assembly District stretches from a sliver of Hillsborough to the coast, and down to Mountain View, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Sunnyvale. It’s a vast district that includes one of the best schools in the world (Stanford University) and some of the most successful high-tech companies (Google Inc., Linked- In Corp.).

It probably goes without saying that the district needs a strong representative in Sacramento, someone who is smart, has a varied skill set and has the ability to think and act independently despite the inevitable political pressure to toe the line.

A summary of Town Crier endorsements: Election 2016

Los Altos City Council (3 seats)

Neysa Fligor

Editorial: Ahrens, Casas, Landsberger for Foothill-De Anza board

Not enough good things can be said about the Foothill-De Anza Community College District. It has consistently ranked at or near the top of the best community colleges statewide. The district has been a godsend for those on a budget, looking to start a new career or transfer to a four-year university.

The district is not without its challenges. Enrollment is down while the economy is up. Those wishing to take an occasional class in yoga or piano – some say a big part of the “community” in community colleges – are all but restricted now. Facilities continue to be a challenge, and the area’s high cost of living impedes teacher hiring.

Yes on measures A and B: Editorial

“I hate taxes – I just hate traffic more.”

So says Carl Guardino, CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. Guardino’s group is a leading proponent of Measure B, a half-cent sales tax on the Nov. 8 ballot. Measure B provides money over 30 years to address a multitude of needs, from road repairs and additions to finishing the BART extension to San Jose. Los Altos and Mountain View would benefit from tens of millions of dollars in street repairs.

Yes on GG – LASD parcel tax: Editorial

Don’t confuse Measure GG on the Nov. 8 ballot with Measure N, the Los Altos School District facilities bond passed in 2014. Measure N deals with physical structures only, while Measure GG, a parcel tax, provides operational funding. This means funding for teachers, the backbone of a top-of-the-line school district.

We support Measure GG. It would provide $3 million in annual funding the state eliminated during the recession eight years ago – money the state has yet to restore. The $223 per-parcel tax would not only maintain funding for district schools, it would also support Bullis Charter School, which many of our local students attend. After years of discord, it’s gratifying to see both the district and charter school communities working together for the benefit of all local children.


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