Editorial: Let the election campaigns begin

With the filing period over, the candidate lineups are set for local races in the Nov. 3 election. We’ve counted no less than 50 candidates vying for five school district boards, three city councils, one healthcare district and one water district in our local sphere of influence.


From the Mayor's Desk: Let’s be a leader for a clean, sustainable energy future

When we marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day last April, I asked: What if we harnessed the same level of dedication that we are using to battle the COVID-19 pandemic to combat climate change?

Editorial: Thumbs-up, -down on recent events

We’re into August, and we’re all thumbs in the wake of recent local news.

Satire: Virtual Institute announces Zoom rehab facility with DOZE

The Virtual Institute, which focuses on humanistic alternative communication engagement, is partnering with leading mental health, communication and fashion leaders to open DOZE (Deprogramming Obsessive Zoom Enthusiasts). The rehabilitation facility is slated to open soon.

Letters to the editor: Garbage contract, reach codes

No-bid garbage contract is rubbish

In the July 29 article titled “Hills council delivers rubbish rate respite, supports undergrounding,” Los Altos Hills City Manager Carl Cahill is quoted as saying that he and his staff did due diligence by circulating a request for proposal (RFP) to invite GreenWaste’s competitors to bid, but none did so.

Letters to the editor: Wearing masks, a tribute to Peter Duxbury

Wear a mask or face a fine

I wish to comment on Fran Rappaport’s Aug. 5 letter about masks in Los Altos (“Los Altos needs mask mandate”). It is truly unfortunate that it will take some definitive action by our city council to finally get the residents of Los Altos to wear a mask when outside.

Editorial: Policing forum a good start

We commend the Los Altos City Council for organizing last week’s town hall on policing. The forum offered an opportunity for dozens of speakers to sound off on the troubling issue of racial profiling – a problem arguably reinforced by the recent release of police data indicating that a disproportionate number of Blacks, Hispanics and nonresidents were arrested or cited by police officers.


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Paid Political Endorsement letters

The Town Crier offers the option of pre-paid political endorsement letters for candidates in the Nov. 3 election.

Letters must support candidates – no submissions containing exclusively negative content will be printed.

Authors’ names are required for publication. Letters will be published in the order they are received, and we will accept only one letter per author per campaign. Please limit letters to no more than 200 words.

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