Publication Date: Friday, June 01, 2001
Letters to the Editor
Letters to the Editor
(June 01, 2001)@lethead:A reprieve for the mayor
Is it only me? Every week there is an article attacking Mayor Ambra, and usually it is the lead article. Now I, like many (most?) Mountain View residents, voted for Mr. Ambra and I'm quite happy with him so far. While I would never argue with Voice's right to take any editorial stand it chooses, how about presenting both sides of some of these issues? Or at least give it a rest from time to time.
@lethead:Bias evident in editorial
Congratulations on maintaining the Mountain. View Voice's image of being this "small town's" most liberal biased newspaper. The Friday, May 11th editorial, "Wasting City Council's Time with the Stasek Non-Affair," didn't surprise me. Your paper, and others in the Bay Area, attempt to minimize the questionable conduct of ex-Mayor Stasek, while belittling Mayor Ambra's legitimate concerns about the same.
When did it become proper for an elected official to lobby for and/or demand, funds on behalf of nonprofit organizations? Whether or not the organization provides assistance to any charity is irrelevant. As mayor, Stasek should have known better.
It's widely known that corporations have certain eligibility criteria for charitable donations. As a professional working in this valley for some years, Stasek must have known this. At the least she should have verified Microsoft's policy before asking.
Good job on making Mayor Mario Ambra out to be the bad guy, thus deflecting the negativity from Stasek. He merely asked the council if an investigation of her conduct is in order. Personally, I would like to know. Maybe your staff relates more easily to "Enquiring minds want to know."
Kudos to you for the excellent timing of your editorial in support of Stasek's questionable conduct, given her upcoming run against another "Goliath" -- Council member Sally Lieber -- for State Assembly. Lieber has a war chest of some $200,000 (per the California Secretary of State Web-Site http://CAL-ACCESS.ss.ca.gov). Contributions received by Stasek's campaign for this period weren't posted, but I imagine they are far less than Lieber's.
Good for you, Mountain View Voice. You continue to maintain your image as a newspaper run by "small town" cronies supporting and promoting their own.
@lethead:School board president responds
This letter is in response to your editorial in the May 25 Voice ("With new board, the promise of a hearing on math."). In it you stated that the Mountain View School District Board members gave parents the "brush-off."
In my two and one half years of service to the community as a board member, I have never given anyone the "brush-off." In fact, after a recent school board meeting ended, I went out to the parking lot to speak with a group of concerned parents who addressed the board during the meeting. I told them that just because the board does not respond to public comments about math during a board meeting, it does not mean that we don't care about math, or are unaware that some parents have issues with math in the Mountain View School District.
Regarding the adoption of the national math standards rather than the state standards, the board adopted these standards based on the recommendation of several well-respected educators in our community.
Finally, I would like to point out that only a portion of the school board meetings are to accept public input. The main purpose of a board meeting is to perform the school district's business in public.
Roger C. Noel
President, Mountain View School District Board of Trustees
@lethead:Conservation in full swing at City Hall
I want to thank the author of a recent letter to the editor (May 18,"Message to the city: conserve!") for reminding the community that we are in an energy crisis and all of us, including city facilities, need to conserve energy.
Since the beginning of the energy crisis, the city has reduced energy consumption at major facilities by approximately 14 percent. The city's goal is to reduce energy use by 20 percent at major facilities without impacting programs or services.
In an ongoing effort to reduce energy use, the city has implemented a number of conservation measures, including increasing building temperatures at its facilities, turning off nonessential lights in work spaces (employees who work near windows are working with natural light), turning off and unplugging appliances and discretionary personal electronic equipment in employee work spaces, turning off computers at the end of the day, turning off computers if employees will be away from their workspace for over three hours, turning off copiers and printers at the end of the day, turning off the ornamental fountains, and turning off boilers.
However, sometimes lights do need to be kept on at city facilities, to ensure safety, allow for building maintenance, or provide lighting for a community meeting or a performance at the Center for the Performing Arts.
The city is actively working on finding ways to adjust lighting systems to reduce the number of lights that do need to be kept on at City facilities in these circumstances and the length of time they need to be on.
To address nighttime usage of energy at City Hall, the City Council will be holding its meetings earlier.
The city is committed to do its part to conserve electricity during the energy crisis and on an ongoing basis. If you would like additional information about its efforts and links to other helpful energy-related web sites, please visit the city's web site at www.ci.minview.ca.us.
Assistant to the City Manager