The Nov. 14 shooting at Santa Clarita High School in northern Los Angeles County inspired me to write the local school boards once again about the need for better security — including cameras — at our public schools.
In response, Tamara Wilson (this year's president of the five-member board of trustees of the Mountain View-Whisman School District) emailed back that better security is part of a "master plan" up for consideration at a school board meeting on Thursday, Nov. 21. Checking, I then found the meeting agenda, which refers to security as part of a $256 million bond measure proposed for the March 3 ballot. The proposed measure also refers to a "need" for more schools to accommodate 2,500 additional students just in case Mountain View adds housing in the decade ahead. If the district cannot even find a few thousand dollars for some security cameras unless and until it receives another $256 million, the community needs a new school board and superintendent.
This is National Family Caregivers Month, which honors the 16 million Americans who care for someone with Alzheimer's. The caregiving needs for someone living with Alzheimer's are extensive and increase over time. My mom cared for my dad during his journey with Alzheimer's. This was very difficult for her, as she had always dreamed of being pampered in her older years, and it didn't turn out that way.
Since my dad's mom also had Alzheimer's disease, whenever I forget a name or word I worry if I might get it someday. I know that Rep. Anna Eshoo has engaged her colleagues in Congress to help people living with Alzheimer's and their caregivers. Hopefully in the future, family physicians can be equipped with better tools for detecting this disease in its early stages.