Other Voices: Students best served by collaboration, transparency and community

When I joined the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees in 2014, the district and Bullis Charter School had just finalized a five-year agreement to set aside our differences and work toward a mutually beneficial, long-term school facilities solution. Today, we are finally on the cusp of executing that vision. With continued collaboration and transparency, I believe Bullis Charter School and the district can agree on a plan that benefits all local students.

Collaboration

In recent years, our community was relieved that Bullis Charter School and the district chose collaboration instead of lawsuits. With collaboration, the charter school and district schools and students thrived. Together, we passed a bond measure to resolve our school facilities challenges and a parcel tax to support educational programs for all of our students.


Letters to the Editor: Week of Sept. 19

Measure C not the way to protect parks

Having worked in local government for 35 years, I can honestly say Measure C is a terrible piece of legislation. Parks and open space should be protected, but this is not the way to do it.

Measure C shows a serious lack of understanding of how cities work and generate money for desired city programs and facilities.

Letters to the Editor: Measure C, downtown vision, Assistance League

Measure C would prevent ‘downtown nightmare’

When my neighbor stopped by my house this spring and asked me to sign the citizens’ parklands initiative – now Measure C – I did not understand the need for it. Were public parks and public lands really under threat of development? I didn’t think so.

  Now I have read all the ridiculous plans the city has for our tree-lined public parking plazas – and now I get it. The entire Downtown Vision is a crony developer’s dream – public housing, higher and denser building and (instead of trees and easy parking) so-called programmed spaces. It certainly is a recipe for making Los Altos look like downtown Redwood City.

Other Voices: Shedding light on shared community interests

As superintendent of the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, I sometimes struggle with difficult decisions. I consider all perspectives and opposing views, and seeking fair solutions on tough calls can keep me up at night. You have undoubtedly heard that the MVLA Board of Trustees is considering the installation of stadium lights at Mountain View and Los Altos high schools. The stadium lights discussion is one of those tough calls.

Letter to the Editor: Week of Sept. 5

Measure C blocks future leaders

The authors of Measure C are clearly angry and fear the future. They ignore a 66-year tradition of wise community improvements by past city councils. Instead, they urge us to “Vote for Chaos!” And please, Los Altos taxpayers, pay the $50,000 bill for this experiment.

They propose that we voters take responsibility for managing city lands away from our elected representatives. Surely, they say, we voters can study complex land management issues in our spare time and make better decisions once every two years than can our elected representatives. In fact, after simplifying the job, we no longer would need to elect good leaders to be powerless bureaucrats.

Column: Catholic jilt

I’m Catholic. And I don’t know what to do.

Well, I do know what to do, I just can’t believe that I have to abandon what has been the cornerstone of my faith for the past half-century.

A Piece of My Mind: Smog, The sequel

When I was growing up in Los Altos, smog was the norm. Many a morning as I walked to school, the air was so full of dirt that the foothills were invisible – I might as well have been living on a prairie.


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