Editorial: Mok, Sutaria, Swan for Los Altos Hills City Council

The recent wildfires put a scare into Los Altos Hills residents – some live just a few miles from areas under evacuation warnings as blazes from Santa Cruz County approached.

Editorial: Abe-Koga, Gutierrez, Matichak, Showalter for Mountain View City Council

After years of growth, COVID-19 has put Mountain View at a crossroads. The struggling economy has taken a toll on small businesses and left some residents struggling to keep a roof over their heads. The city has risen to the occasion, providing small business and rent relief (more than 60% of the city’s households are renters). But how this Los Altos neighbor emerges from the pandemic is anybody’s guess.

Editorial: Let the election campaigns begin

With the filing period over, the candidate lineups are set for local races in the Nov. 3 election. We’ve counted no less than 50 candidates vying for five school district boards, three city councils, one healthcare district and one water district in our local sphere of influence.

Editorial: Casas, Landsberger, Wong for FHDA board

We owe our thanks to Govind Tatachari. His entry into the race for a seat on the Foothill-De Anza Community College District Board of Trustees means that there is a race in the Nov. 3 election. Four candidates, including three incumbents, are vying for three open seats. Having a competitive race puts appropriate public attention on the district and its issues.

Editorial: Thumbs-up, -down on recent events

We’re into August, and we’re all thumbs in the wake of recent local news.

Editorial: Vogel, Leong for CUSD board

It’s been rough going in recent years for the Cupertino Union School District. The sprawling, 16,720-student K-8 district, which stretches from Los Altos (Montclaire Elementary School) to Santa Clara, continues to enjoy a solid reputation for high academic achievement. But declining enrollment since 2013 has district leaders facing $5 million in cuts for the 2020-2021 school year. The pandemic brought more challenges.

Editorial: Policing forum a good start

We commend the Los Altos City Council for organizing last week’s town hall on policing. The forum offered an opportunity for dozens of speakers to sound off on the troubling issue of racial profiling – a problem arguably reinforced by the recent release of police data indicating that a disproportionate number of Blacks, Hispanics and nonresidents were arrested or cited by police officers.

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