Editorial: Fung, Kasperzak for hospital district board

El Camino Hospital and its El Camino Healthcare District remain unique among local medical institutions. Unlike Stanford, Kaiser or Palo Alto Medical Foundation, we, the public, get to vote on district leadership. Two seats on the five-seat district board of directors await your decision in the Nov. 6 general election.

You have your choice among four candidates. We believe Mike Kasperzak and incumbent board member Dr. Peter Fung are the most qualified.

Editorial: Tankha, Tyson for LAH council

Los Altos Hills is – and will continue to be – one of the most expensive places to live on the planet. According to Zillow, the median home value is in the $5 million range, with that figure up a whopping 13.8 percent over the previous year.

But to quote a familiar refrain, you get what you pay for: a quiet, rural, idyllic community with scenic foothills, only a short commute from Facebook and Google; a place with 1-acre lot minimums, low crime, friendly neighbors and even the occasional horse.

Editorial: Torok, Walter, Vonnegut for MVLA board

Our Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District is one of the best in the state. It isn’t that way by accident – the district has historically benefited from strong leadership from its board of trustees, particularly in recent years.

Incumbents Debbie Torok and Fiona Walter are both highly deserving of another term on the board. Both are intelligent, committed and responsible.

Editorial: 3 excellent candidates recommended for 2 seats on Los Altos council

Five candidates are running for two open seats on the Los Altos City Council in the Nov. 6 election. Two essentially want to preserve the status quo – nothing wrong with that, because Los Altos is already a great community. But like it or not, change is coming, and we need council members with the vision to plan wisely.

We see three candidates who want to make a great community even better – they have identified ways we can improve our quality of life, in the near future and for generations to come.

Editorial: Ivanovic, Johnson, Sirkay for LASD board

The Los Altos School District needs steady leadership, and continuity in that leadership, to oversee some complex issues facing the district – among them the 10th school site process and the sensitive handling of Bullis Charter School relations.

Incumbents Bryan Johnson and Vladimir Ivanovic have demonstrated good leadership, and they deserve another term. Newcomer Shali Sirkay also deserves election to the board based on her work with the Los Altos Mountain View PTA Council, the district’s Citizens’ Advisory Committee for Finance and the campaigns for the past two bond measures. Furthermore, her gracious, positive personality is needed to offset the animosity we see in the district community from time to time, particularly over Bullis Charter School.

Editorial: Measure C – just say no

There are two very good reasons to vote against Measure C. Simply summed up, it’s not needed, and it could do more harm than good.

The Los Altos initiative on the Nov. 6 ballot claims to protect parks and open space from being sold to developers. It requires voter approval for any change in city-owned property, be it sale, lease or rezoning. But we’re convinced the measure’s creators’ intent isn’t necessarily saving parks, but saving parking lots – the downtown parking plazas, specifically.

Editorial: Our plans for the election season

Get ready for a busy local election season. Depending on where they live, voters in Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View could be deciding among more than 30 candidates. In addition, there are five measures on the Nov. 6 ballot that involve the three communities.

The Town Crier plans to cover each of the pertinent races as Election Day draws near. Here’s what you can expect:

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