Editorial: Final thumbs for the year

It’s nearing the end of 2019, and we have our thumbs ready for takes on the most recent local news developments.

Thumbs-up: To the Los Altos School District for finalizing its 10th-site purchase. The complex deal for the 11.65-acre site in the high-density San Antonio area of Mountain View is a huge win for the district – as it currently stands, the district is paying less than $28 million of the $155 million purchase price, with the city of Mountain View (which gets park space) and developers paying the rest. Construction is still years out, and it hasn’t been decided which school will occupy the site. But it’s a certainty that local students will benefit from it.


Letters to the Editor, Alzheimer's, elections

Experimental drug may treat Alzheimer’s

Over 5 million people in the United States alone suffer from the deteriorating effects of Alz- heimer’s disease. The majority of people know someone who suffers from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia.

Letters to the Editor, Los Altos City Council, dangers of 5G

LA council throwing citizens under the bus

The title of a Nov. 27 letter to the editor – “Los Altos City Council supports citizens” – is misleading at best.

Burning through $100,000 of our tax dollars (with no end in sight) and allowing Shaw Consulting to claim we need “3,000 square feet or larger with at least 20 feet separation from dais to speaker podium” for council meetings (without a shred of supporting data) is more like throwing citizens under a bus.

Editorial : Not this year, but parade will go on

Bad weather led to the first-ever cancellation of the downtown Los Altos Festival of Lights Parade Dec. 1.

Obviously, everyone’s disappointed, from the parade organizers to the thousands of young children who were looking forward to their storybook characters coming to life.

Letters to the Editor, code red on pensions, energy code

Los Altos ranks ‘code red’ on pensions

The State Auditor’s office recently released the results of a study ranking the fiscal health of 471 cities in California, with the results conveniently accessible in a new website: auditor.ca.gov/bsa/cities_risk_index. We should thank State Auditor Elaine Howle for making these data available.

Editorial: Put a time limit on this council

Congratulations are in order for Jan Pepper, now beginning her second one-year stint as Los Altos mayor. Pepper previously served as mayor in 2015.

She will now preside over a city council that is well intentioned but could stand to improve its efficiency. Meetings have been dragging on and on. We have a suggestion.

From the Mayor's Desk: 2019 accomplishments

 

I want to say thank you for the honor and privilege of serving as mayor of Los Altos this past year.


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