Years ago, the high-achieving Los Altos School District community didn’t worry about issues such as mental health or teacher housing. Now, these issues are at the forefront of priorities. The district is increasingly challenged to hire good teachers in one of the nation’s most expensive area…

During the Sept. 6 Los Altos City Council meeting, I found myself googling to understand the difference between misinformation and disinformation. Why? Because an extremist group confusingly named Los Altos Residents (LAR) lied to all of the actual residents of Los Altos by writing in a mass…

This is different from the usual message from a mayor. You probably don’t know that long before I was mayor, I was a gardening columnist for a major newspaper chain for a number of years, including most of a five-year drought. So, the drought is my topic.

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The last several years have been rough for the Cupertino Union School District, a sprawling district that extends from Montclaire Elementary School in Los Altos to San Jose. Steadily declining enrollment and budget problems led to a tough board decision last year to close two schools. Voters…

The city of Los Altos recently submitted a draft of its housing element to state officials for review. You may have seen signs around town or read articles and wondered how this could affect you. Based on state projections, Los Altos is required to plan for 1,958 new housing units to be buil…

More than a dozen years ago, in the city of Bell, the local newspaper went out of business. That means no reporters were there to cover the city council in that Los Angeles County municipality. Not long after that, seven members of the city government were arrested and charged with lining th…

Recent articles and letters to the editor have referenced the Los Altos Environmental Commission’s work on reach codes. As the commission conducts this work, we want residents to have accurate information about our recommendations.

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In June, we celebrated Pride Month, an important opportunity to demonstrate solidarity with our LGBTQ+ family members, friends and neighbors. It’s a time to stand for principles of equality and equity. It’s also a time when we as a community can say “we support you” and “our community is saf…

The ancient Roman poet Decimus Junius Juvenalis, aka Juvenal, coined the phrase “Mens sana in corpore sano” approximately 1,900 years ago. It translates as “A healthy mind in a healthy body.” Over centuries, it morphed into “Sound mind, sound body.” The term is often used to proudly describe…

The filing period opened last week for candidates running in the Nov. 8 general election. We hope to see competition in all of the races. Competition triggers a healthy discussion of issues that makes for a more informed citizenry.

Last week, I finished reading Fiona Hill’s book, “There Is Nothing for You Here: Finding Opportunity in the 21st Century,” for the League of Women Voters’ book club. Hill, a self-described “non-partisan foreign policy expert,” is best known by the general public for her testimony in the firs…