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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.

Keeping me authentic: Haugh About That?

Peering over the letter-sized piece of paper, my eldest daughter, Michelle, fixed her stare on her waiting mother with lifted eyebrows. Taking her time to give her review on my latest story, I sat nervously. The year was 2013, and, in this case, no news wasn’t good news.

Putting the article down, she asked, concerned, “Mom, were you on drugs when you wrote this?”

Letters to the Editor

Let’s move on: City needs new ideas

Since reading the Town Crier’s Sept. 28 interviews with the Los Altos City Council candidates, I have been pondering why the city continues to debate the Hillview Community Center and the “future of downtown Los Altos.” These issues and school funding seem to be the only things that get discussed in our community.

Measure A (to rebuild Hillview Community Center) was defeated by a 71-29 percent margin last year. The downtown continues to grow modestly and is well on its way to continuing its growth path. These issues don’t need a lot of further debate. Isn’t it time to move on?

Letters to the Editor

Enforce traffic rules beyond Election Day

A recurring complaint among residents is traffic.

Traditionally, when this has come up in past city council elections, the candidates agree that the problem is very real and something needs to be done. The day after the election, the subject magically disappears. Meanwhile, drivers speed through residential streets, run stop signs and lights, and drive through occupied crosswalks.

Come back: The Villaj Idiut


Editorial: Ahrens, Casas, Landsberger for Foothill-De Anza board

Not enough good things can be said about the Foothill-De Anza Community College District. It has consistently ranked at or near the top of the best community colleges statewide. The district has been a godsend for those on a budget, looking to start a new career or transfer to a four-year university.

The district is not without its challenges. Enrollment is down while the economy is up. Those wishing to take an occasional class in yoga or piano – some say a big part of the “community” in community colleges – are all but restricted now. Facilities continue to be a challenge, and the area’s high cost of living impedes teacher hiring.

Yes on GG – LASD parcel tax: Editorial

Don’t confuse Measure GG on the Nov. 8 ballot with Measure N, the Los Altos School District facilities bond passed in 2014. Measure N deals with physical structures only, while Measure GG, a parcel tax, provides operational funding. This means funding for teachers, the backbone of a top-of-the-line school district.

We support Measure GG. It would provide $3 million in annual funding the state eliminated during the recession eight years ago – money the state has yet to restore. The $223 per-parcel tax would not only maintain funding for district schools, it would also support Bullis Charter School, which many of our local students attend. After years of discord, it’s gratifying to see both the district and charter school communities working together for the benefit of all local children.

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