LASD-BCS forum focuses on 'facts' behind issues

Stripped of the emotional arguments usually accompanying such discussions, last week’s fact-based forum comparing Los Altos School District and Bullis Charter School operations revealed more similarities than differences.

Members of the Los Altos Women’s Caucus, who led the June 4 forum at the Los Altos main library, made clear from the start they would stay away from analysis of the recent controversial 10-year proposal leasing the bulk of the school district’s Egan Junior High School campus to Bullis Charter School, while moving Egan students to the new 10th campus site in Mountain View. Instead, veteran district numbers-cruncher Curtis Cole offered a side-by-side comparison of budget numbers and how each entity is governed.

Confronting Domestic Violence: Domestic abuse victim hatches escape plan


This is the fourth in a five-part series on the effects of domestic violence.

World War II veteran visits his battleground

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Chuck Ohman dons his World War II-era jacket with the insignia “Hell On Wheels.” 

Los Altos resident Chuck Ohman returned to Normandy, France, this week to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

The 94-year-old veteran served the United States in two of the most notable battles of World War II. His deployment with the 299th Combat Engineer Division of the U.S. Army dropped him onto the front line during both D-Day (June 6, 1944) at Omaha Beach and the Battle of the Bulge (Dec. 16, 1944, through Jan. 25, 1945) in Belgium.

Santa Clara Valley Lives: WWII aircraft speak of courage on 75th anniversary of D-Day

Courtesy of Robin Chapman
Historian Robin Chapman prepares to take a flight in “Witchcraft,” a restored World War II bomber. The Allies flew more than 2,000 bombers on D-Day, 75 years ago this month.

This June marks the 75th anniversary of Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Europe during World War II. Overlord is the largest amphibious invasion in history and it began on D-Day – June 6, 1944.

“I remember it well,” said Chester “Chet” Clark, 82, of Los Altos. “I was 7 years old and I used to sit on my father’s lap and read the war news with him. I remember asking him what the ‘D’ meant.”

Confronting Domestic Violence : Overcoming the death of a dream

This is the third in a five-part series on the effects of domestic violence.

Over time, if an abuse victim keeps a secret journal, she may begin to discern patterns – how intimate occasions are often spoiled, how her partner is typically missing in action or resentful or angry when she is ill or needs help, how even the most innocuous conversation can have landmines in it that she sometimes ends up apologizing for – even if he is clearly to blame.

Two local Korean War veterans lauded courtesy of Honor Flight

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Los Altos residents and Korean War veterans Roy Jones, left, and Patrick Farrell flank Honor Flight medical director Connie Johnson Sunday in Washington, D.C. Jones and Farrell were among a contingent of vets touring war memorials courtesy of the nonprofit group, which provides the trips free of charge as a way of thanking vets for their service.

Two Los Altos residents traveled to Washington, D.C., last weekend to visit veterans’ memorials, courtesy of the nonprofit Honor Flight, which provides trips to former U.S. Armed Forces members and their guardians at no cost.

Korean War vets Leroy Jones and Patrick Farrell visited the nation’s capital June 2-4. Jones served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1951, when he enlisted as an infantry officer, to 1980, when he retired as a lieutenant colonel. Farrell served in the U.S. Navy during the war from 1951 to 1954. Both Jones and Farrell are members of the Rotary Club of Los Altos.

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