Other Voices: Eager to work for LASD students

The recent passage of Measure GG to renew expiring parcel-tax funding for our schools reminded me just how grateful I am to be part of a community that deeply values education.

As I step into my new role on the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees, I am excited to continue this area’s rich history of academic excellence and tackle issues facing our community. Enrollment growth is far and away one of the most pressing issues. Having served as co-chairwoman of the campaign to pass Measure N in 2014, I am honored to hit the ground running to address this important issue and solidify a long-term plan that can serve current and future generations.


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.

Other Voices: In defense of 'The Village'

 

While I have great respect and fondness for Town Crier Editor-in-Chief Bruce Barton, I was surprised by his Nov. 23 Editor’s Notebook (“To improve downtown parking, a little restriping could mean a lot”). While 100 percent of the Nov. 23 Letters to the Editor section opposed the downtown park, Barton’s column supported the proposal with specious arguments. And apparent disregard for what the residents want.

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Smaller dams would better serve flood control

According to the Santa Clara Valley Water District’s map, the district has the responsibility of controlling the flash flooding of Steven’s Creek and Permanente Creek. As a result, the district has a plan to make a detention basin at Rancho San Antonio Park. This $50 million project is slated to start this month, as reported in the Town Crier.

If you are familiar with Rancho San Antonio Park, you will notice, looking at maps of the detention pond area, that at least one-quarter of that mapped area is steep hillside (the east side of the project pond).

Other Voices: Time for a plan

Two years ago, taxpayers in the cities of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View approved a $150 million bond to help solve the immediate and real capacity issues the Los Altos School District faces.

In the two years since taxpayers agreed to fund this endeavor for the district, district officials have suspended the Facilities Master Plan Committee, spent or leveraged more than 5 percent of the total and produced only one option: a proposal to purchase the 3.79-acre office complex at 5150 El Camino Real. That option was called “dead on arrival” by Trustee Pablo Luther and prompted a letter from Bullis Charter School leadership that clearly communicated their displeasure with the notion that it could somehow be made reasonably equivalent.

Pea-brained regulation: The Villaj Idiut

At this time of year, with all of the unhealthy food rolling around, I love to get a salad.

There is, to me, nothing like going to a salad bar to get a piece of lettuce and pile on top of it a pound of cheese, some croutons, a few braised short ribs, some croutons, a couple of those tiny corn on the cobs, some croutons, one or three pig’s knuckles, some croutons and a backhoe full of blue cheese dressing.

The last hundred years: A Piece of My Mind

Some time back I stumbled across a binder that my mother had created when she took a class on writing memoirs back in 1998. At that time, I remember she tried to interest me in her writing, but I was busy and just nodded, glad she had found something to interest her after my father’s death. Now that her memories are fading, I found myself sitting down to read every word. In August 1998, she looked back on “The Last Hundred Years”:

“In 1919, just a few years before I was born, Jeanette Rankin became the first woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving women the right to vote, was finally ratified by both houses of Congress. Women can now get credit cards without the signature of their husband.


Submit a Letter to the Editor

The Town Crier welcomes letters to the editor on current events pertinent to Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View. Write to us at 138 Main St., Los Altos 94022, Attn: Editor, or email editor Bruce Barton at bruceb@latc.com. Because editorial space is limited, please confine letters to no more than 200 words. Include a phone number for verification purposes. Anonymous letters will not be printed.

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