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We’re all breathing a little easier now, figuratively and literally, following the easing of mask requirements last week and the end of the tiered COVID framework. There’s a sense of greater freedom – and relief. Things are looking up.

The Cupertino Union School District has served south Los Altos well, providing quality education for generations of students. The sprawling K-8 district extends from Los Altos all the way to Santa Clara and San Jose.

Los Altos City Councilmember Lynette Lee Eng may think silence is golden when it comes to her now very public dispute with local Black youth leader Kenan Moos. But for the rest of us, the silence is deafening.

We would like to think Los Altos City Council members Anita Enander and Lynette Lee Eng learned a valuable lesson at the Feb. 9 council meeting: Do not go rogue and ignore the will of the council majority. As part of a legislative body, there are norms to follow.

It has been a staple in every newsroom – a police scanner, usually situated at the desk of the crime reporter, squawking out officers’ communications as they responded to calls. Reporters tuning in would hear police responses in progress.

We are publishing this issue on the day Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States. With this editorial written a week prior, we are praying for a safe, uneventful inauguration ceremony – in keeping with tradition, one that emphasizes the importance of democracy in our …

Happy New Year to all. Hopefully, 2021 will pivot from a year when we put everything on hold to one of celebration as we emerge from the pandemic and get our lives back.

It’s over – the longest year ever. But there are silver linings as we look forward to 2021. We offer thoughts and thanks for the following.

The current shelter-in-place restrictions were enacted to lower people’s risk of contracting COVID-19. We get that. But we also get that local businesses have been handicapped during a holiday season that they were counting on as their most profitable time of the year.

Anyone paying attention to Los Altos City Council meetings the past few years could see that City Manager Chris Jordan and the council were not getting along. So perhaps it’s not a surprise to learn of Jordan’s resignation.

The general election is six days away. Are we going to be able to still talk to each other when this is over?

Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District officials continue to deal with the fallout from a pandemic that has kept students out of school and struggling with the dubious alternative of online learning.

The race for a seat on the Santa Clara County Board of Education pits 13-year incumbent Grace Mah against another school board veteran, Melissa Baten Caswell. Baten Caswell is finishing up her third term on the board of the Palo Alto Unified School District.

El Camino Hospital and its satellite facilities function amid complex governance. It is a public hospital system, created by the community and overseen by a publicly elected board of directors. However, its day-to-day operations are run as a private business – El Camino is in competition for…

We owe our thanks to Govind Tatachari. His entry into the race for a seat on the Foothill-De Anza Community College District Board of Trustees means that there is a race in the Nov. 3 election. Four candidates, including three incumbents, are vying for three open seats. Having a competitive …

It’s been rough going in recent years for the Cupertino Union School District. The sprawling, 16,720-student K-8 district, which stretches from Los Altos (Montclaire Elementary School) to Santa Clara, continues to enjoy a solid reputation for high academic achievement. But declining enrollme…

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.