AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Other observers voice concerns about partisan endorsements in this nonpartisan election – as well as concerns about the influence of the teachers union in the election. While Tomblin has certainly made positive contributions to the state of education on the Peninsula, our nod goes to de la Rosa and Vanden Bos. Both would favor a districtwide kindergarten class size reduction in conjunction with the district’s curriculum review provided the program does not drain reserve funds. The idea would be to get the student-teacher ratio in kindergarten classes to 20-1. We also like Vanden Bos’s vow to be a consensus-seeker who would allow all points of view to be heard and respected at board meetings. Vanden Bos is also a Rolling Hills Estates planning commissioners and a former AYSO regional commissioner. On Nov. 6, we recommend a vote for Dora de la Rosa and Larry Vanden Bos. The campaign for Palos Verdes Peninsula school board this fall has produced an unfortunate polarization of views in the community. Whichever way the public votes to fill the two school board seats, we hope any lingering divisions will heal after the election. Four years ago, we endorsed the Dave Tomblin and Dora de la Rosa, who are now seeking re-election. Both came with impressive resumes of public service on the Peninsula. This year Tomblin has endorsed challenger Paul Neights, a chief technology officer with two children in the district. Meanwhile, other voters seem to be lining up behind de la Rosa and challenger Larry Vanden Bos, a business owner who chaired the citizens oversight committee for school bond Measures R and S. A number of charges are swirling around this campaign, including statements about inefficient spending of bond funds and a need for more open discussions when the board conducts board business. Those are concerns mentioned by Tomblin and Neights. It is true that the cost of a high school classroom construction project increased by about $2 million over a 2005 estimate, but that was due to a number of factors, including the addition of rooms for ceramics, photography and science classes to better serve the needs of students and teachers. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!