Support Alzheimer’s legislative action
I am 15 years old, and my grandmother is one of the 5 million Americans living with Alz- heimer’s disease. In order to help patients like her, I developed a diagnostic tool for the early detection of Alzheimer’s that uses machine learning and de-identified patient data from the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative.
But no amount of individual effort will be enough to end this disease. Instead, we must work together and strive to make public policy choices that advance Alzheimer’s research and patient care.
To this end, I recently attended the Alzheimer’s Association Advocacy Forum in Washington, D.C., where I joined with other advocates to encourage legislative action to help Alzheimer’s patients. I met with members of Congress to urge them to co-sponsor two bipartisan bills, the Improving HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act (H.R. 1873), which would help educate clinicians on Alzheimer’s and dementia-care planning services through Medicare, and the Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease Act (H.R. 1903), which would allow individuals diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s to be eligible to access programs in the Older Americans Act.
Please join me in urging U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, who represents Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View, to support these important pieces of legislation.
Former LASD trustees support preserving Egan
The strength of our schools and communities are intertwined. Strong neighborhood schools make strong neighborhoods. Those bonds are multigenerational and unite the community beyond education to safe access to school, and local city issues.
Small schools enable everyone to know each other and the children, which enables the best educational and social-emotional outcomes. Closing an established neighborhood school breaks that well-established structure and simply cannot be contemplated.
Bullis Charter School resulted from the closure of another neighborhood school; let’s not repeat the past. The recent negotiation resulting in the current proposal to close Egan Junior High School and give it to the charter school was done behind closed doors and without public comment.
Any proposal that is contemplated must first consider the impact on Los Altos School District students.
Any proposal must be transparently vetted by the entire community and must be ultimately adopted by a unanimous vote of the district board of trustees.
We do understand that compliance with current laws regarding charter schools is difficult. But the first and foremost responsibility of the district is to educate and serve district students and is worth all possible effort and any aggravation along the way, even legal processes, if necessary.
Let’s preserve and support our small neighborhood public schools. Please don’t close Egan to Los Altos School District students.
Carol Kuiper and Duane Roberts
Former LASD trustees
Leaf-blower protester: Stop anonymous letters
Once again, I’ve received an anonymous letter in the mail from “Your Los Altos Neighbors” regarding my gardener using a gas-powered leaf blower.
If you are going to send me an anonymous letter, kindly fact-check before you do. My gardener uses a battery-powered leaf blower.
If you’d like to discuss this, please knock on my door instead of being cowardly and hiding behind “Your Los Altos Neighbors.”
Analysis challenges support for storm tax
I am truly disappointed that the city of Los Altos is pushing a new tax/fee in the name of clean water and storm drainage. In this cash-rich city, I find it very hard to believe that the exorbitant property taxes citizens pay cannot cover the handling of storm drainage through the general fund.
In addition, our taxes have doubled the city’s coffers in the last 10 years (now $31.9 million).
We must keep in mind that the average rainfall in Los Altos is 15.71 inches per year.
I have attended the city’s events to push/promote this initiative. City officials stated that survey results indicated a “strong desire” for a fee (without clear validation) – a mailed survey that I didn’t see.
Now this initiative is being pushed by the city through a mailed ballot, which typically has low return rates. Because our property taxes have padded the city’s coffers over the past decade, I find it hard to believe that the city needs to impose another tax/fee to accomplish the desired result.
Watch your mailbox and vote “no” on this tax/fee.