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“To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You”: Sweet but shallow

Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor) and Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo) release a paper lantern on their first date together. “P.S. I Still Love You” was a lukewarm follow up to “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” as it fails to back up the chemistry of its leads with solid story.

By Cathy Wang, Copy/Content Editor

March 27, 2020

“To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” is a bit like Vegemite—either you love it or you hate it. In this film, lovely performances and clever filmmaking intersect with overused tropes and lack of a cohesive plot to create a product that will ultimately give you what you put into it. And as a ...

OPINION: Sanjay Dave’s comment about AP classes is problematic

Sanjay Dave told the Los Altos Town Crier that he wanted to move the school year to align with the AP exams. Staff writers Vaishu Sirkay and Cedric Chan write about their opinions on the implications of Dave's statements.

By Cedric Chan and Vaishu Sirkay

March 23, 2020

In an interview with the “Los Altos Town Crier,” MVLA School Board president Sanjay Dave expressed a desire to change the end of the school year calendar to align with the AP tests in May. “Additional schooling after [AP tests], it’s kind of pointless,” Dave said to the Crier. “I’d ...

Are You Obligated to Vote?

Staff writers Vaishu Sirkay and Nina Crofts write about their opinions on whether or not citizen's have an obligation to vote.

By Stella Huang, Graphic Artist

March 20, 2020

Contagion or COVID-19?

Mitch Emhoff (Matt Damon), along with many others, attempt to cross the border between Minnesota and Wisconsin, only to be forced by the National Guard to turn around and go back into quarantine. “Contagion” holds many parallels to the current COVID-19 pandemic, and offers lessons we can learn from.

By Mia Scher, Senior Writer

March 20, 2020

When I heard the news that the school talent show was canceled, then the news that almost every college I applied to has canceled in-person classes and is doing online lessons instead, and then the news that March Madness was canceled, I thought of one thing: the movie “Contagion.” The 2011 St...

Bay Area counties under “shelter in place” order

The Santa Clara County Health Department has issued a shelter-in-place order. Only

By Tomoki Chien, Cedric Chan, and Isabella Borkovic

March 16, 2020

Santa Clara County is under a shelter in place order effective at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow, March 17, and will last for at least three weeks. The mandate also covers the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa, Alameda and the city of Berkeley.  The order directs all individuals to shelte...

Coronavirus Updates

The Talon provides live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic and its impacts on students and the community.

By Talon Staff

March 13, 2020

The Talon provides live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic and its impacts on students and the community.

Valley Fair Mall shooting threat found not credible

A gun threat was made on Reddit against Valley Fair Mall. The police have determined the threat to be non-credible.

By Cedric Chan

March 11, 2020

Both the San Jose and Santa Clara Police Departments have found a mass shooting threat on social media not to be credible. The post, titled “Fun at the Mall,” was made on Reddit today, March 11, by a user who went by the name “James.” James threatened to come “fully armed” and with a bulletproof...

Superintendent releases new bell schedule proposal

Superintendent releases new bell schedule proposal

By Vaishu Sirkay

March 4, 2020

Superintendent Nellie Meyer sent another bell schedule proposal to district parents that includes four block days and one seven-period day. After final negotiations between the District Teacher Association (DTA) and the Mountain View-Los Altos (MVLA) school district finish, the MVLA school board will ...

Mike Bloomberg: A Critical Mistake

Mike Bloomberg's popularity has risen rapidly through February, going from 4.8 percent on January 1 to 15.4 percent on February 27 according to a FiveThirtyEight poll.

By Kaavya Butaney, Staff Writer

March 2, 2020

Democrats are desperate. We will do almost anything to get Trump out of power. But this desperation might cause us to make some mistakes in our nomination choices. Or one mistake, really: Mike Bloomberg, whose popularity has risen rapidly through February, going from 4.8 percent on January 1 to 15.4...

No current plans to close Los Altos in light of coronavirus

Courtesy CDC

By Tomoki Chien and Cedric Chan

March 2, 2020

There are currently no plans to close Los Altos in response to the coronavirus outbreak. As of today, there are eight reported active cases of the virus in Santa Clara County.  According to Assistant Principal Galen Rosenberg, any guidance to close schools would come from the Santa Clara County O...

“The Rise of Skywalker”: classic turned catastrophe

“Rey, the protagonist of the trilogy, is joined by Poe Dameron and Finn, along with C-3PO, BB-8 and Chewbacca in the finale,

By Kaavya Butaney, Staff Writer

February 29, 2020

I know I’m not special when I say that I grew up with “Star Wars.” I first watched it when I was four years old, then rewatched it over and over and over again, mimicking the dialogue, recreating the lightsaber battles and theorizing over everything that happened. I never expected more than just...

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