Editorial: Locals rising to the challenge

The coronavirus pandemic has some of us thinking, “This just can’t be happening.” But it is.

Still, optimism abounds. Los Altos residents are finding reasons to smile and stay grounded. They’re channeling anxiety into action and looking to help those less fortunate.


Editorial: Coronavirus keys: Clean, isolate, don't panic

Is the coronavirus our greatest global challenge for survival since World War II?

Everywhere you look, from the major cities to small-town Los Altos, people are hunkering down at home and employing “social distancing” as the coronavirus continues to spread. World financial markets and small businesses alike are breaking under the weight of a virus unseen by the human eye.

Editorial: Final thumbs for the year

It’s nearing the end of 2019, and we have our thumbs ready for takes on the most recent local news developments.

Thumbs-up: To the Los Altos School District for finalizing its 10th-site purchase. The complex deal for the 11.65-acre site in the high-density San Antonio area of Mountain View is a huge win for the district – as it currently stands, the district is paying less than $28 million of the $155 million purchase price, with the city of Mountain View (which gets park space) and developers paying the rest. Construction is still years out, and it hasn’t been decided which school will occupy the site. But it’s a certainty that local students will benefit from it.

Editorial: 'Yes' on Foothill-De Anza initiatives

Let’s face it, many of us take our community colleges for granted. But for thousands of students throughout Los Altos, the Peninsula and the South Bay, Foothill and De Anza are launching pads for careers that will set them up for life. For others, they are new beginnings leading to encore careers. And for still others, they are economic and viable alternatives to attending expensive four-year universities. Furthermore, Foothill and De Anza are among the best in the state at what they do.

For these reasons and more, we encourage “yes” votes on two Foothill-De Anza funding measures on the March 3 ballot. Measure G is an $898 million bond that would cost property owners roughly 1.6 cents per $100 of assessed value. The measure, which requires 55% approval to pass, would fund construction of and updates to facilities. Measure H is a $48 parcel tax levied for five years that would raise $5.6 million annually for personnel and programs. It needs a two-thirds vote to pass.

Editorial : Not this year, but parade will go on

Bad weather led to the first-ever cancellation of the downtown Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade Dec. 1.

Obviously, everyone’s disappointed, from the parade organizers to the thousands of young children who were looking forward to their storybook characters coming to life.

Editorial: New ownership means bright future for Town Crier

The age of the internet and social media has not been kind to newspapers. It seems a week doesn’t go by without a newspaper closing or merging into something less than what it was.

For most of its 72-year history, the Los Altos Town Crier has operated in the black. Thanks to its historically strong partnership with the community, the Town Crier continued to be profitable even as surrounding papers disappeared. But even your Town Crier has struggled financially over the past few years.

Editorial: Put a time limit on this council

Congratulations are in order for Jan Pepper, now beginning her second one-year stint as Los Altos mayor. Pepper previously served as mayor in 2015.

She will now preside over a city council that is well intentioned but could stand to improve its efficiency. Meetings have been dragging on and on. We have a suggestion.


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