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A short checklist for 2017: Editorial

A new year brings a new start, and a new to-do list. We have some specific goals in mind for our local leaders:

• Los Altos Civic Center. Let’s get this problem solved once and for all. Whether or not it’s a scaled-down alternative in the wake of big plans residents emphatically voted down in 2015, most agree that the aging, sorry facilities currently at Hillview must go. The city council should tackle this issue head-on in 2017.


Editorial: Give the gift of reaching out

The best gift you can give this holiday season is to help someone you don’t know.

Despite what all those car ads with the bows tell you, the spirit of Christmas lies not in materialism, but in the gift of love. Above all else, give your family and friends love. Give help to those who need it. And smile quietly with the satisfaction that you’ve made a difference. No one needs to know. You helped because it was the right thing to do.

A summary of Town Crier endorsements: Election 2016

Los Altos City Council (3 seats)

Neysa Fligor

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.

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.

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.


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