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Council eyes bond for Hillview center

Council eyes bond for Hillview center


Rendering courtesy of city of Los Altos
The Los Altos City Council accepted an $87.5 million cost model for its preferred layout for replacing Hillview Community Center. Red lines indicate vehicle access points, and yellow lines represent pedestri...

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Schools

Oak students showcase creativity in Destination Imagination competitions

Oak students showcase creativity in Destination Imagination competitions


Courtesy of Jane Lee Choe
The Sharp Cheddars, a team of Oak Avenue School sixth-graders, perform at the Destination Imagination state competition Saturday in Riverside.

A team of seven Oak Avenue School sixth-graders traveled to Riverside last week...

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Community

Heising-Simons Foundation relocates to 400 Main St. property in Los Altos

Heising-Simons Foundation relocates to 400 Main St. property in Los Altos


Bruce Barton/Town Crier
All in the family: Mark Heising, from left, Caitlin Heising and Elizabeth Simons make up the board of the eight-year-old Heising-Simons Foundation, now in its new headquarters at 400 Main St. in downtown Los Altos.

The He...

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Comment

What would Bob do?: Editorial

The recent passing of an extraordinary Los Altos resident, Bob Grimm, has generated a range of heartfelt reaction, from sympathy to fond memories, from all corners. That’s because Bob did not discriminate in his desire to help others with his money, ...

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Special Sections

Cars that are right on track

Cars that are right on track


Courtesy of BMW
The BMW M4 is packed with power, featuring 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque.

There’s nothing more fun than driving a responsive automobile that feels alive in the curves and eager to go when given more than a touch ...

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Business

First Street's 'Fort Knox' up for sale

First Street's 'Fort Knox' up for sale


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The Los Altos Vault and Safe Deposit Co. is on the market for $4.5 million. Its fortified steel and concrete structure has been compared to the U.S. Federal Reserve’s gold depository.

A downtown Los Altos structure “b...

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Books

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff

'Pope Joan' Book weaves tale around legend of female pontiff


The idea that there may have a female pope at one time in history has generated much speculation throughout the centuries. “Pope Joan” (Crown, 1996) by Donna Woolfolk Cross, does not answer the question; rather, the author has created a detai...

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People

JOHN BATISTICH

JOHN BATISTICH

John Batistich of Los Altos Hills died peacefully on March 12 surrounded by his family. John is survived by his wife Claire Batistich (Vidovich) of 67 years and children Gary Batistich of Lodi and Gay Batistich Abuel-Saud of Menlo Park. He is also ...

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Travel

Eat, hike, soak: Cavallo Point Lodge offers Marin experience

Eat, hike, soak: Cavallo Point Lodge offers Marin experience


Eren Göknar/ Town Crier
Cavallo Point Lodge comprises former U.S. Army buildings, like the Mission Blue Chapel, repurposed for guests seeking a luxurious getaway.

It used to be a place where batteries of soldiers lived, with officers’ quarter...

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Stepping Out

'Fire' ignites in Mtn. View

'Fire' ignites in Mtn. View


Courtesy of Kevin Berne
The cast of “Fire on the Mountain,” includes, from left, Tony Marcus, Harvy Blanks, Molly Andrews and Robert Parsons.

TheatreWorks is slated to present the regional premiere of the musical “Fire on the Mountain” this wee...

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Spiritual Life

Spiritual Life Briefs

Oshman JCC hosts Judaism and Science Symposium

The Oshman Family Jewish Community Center has scheduled its inaugural Judaism and Science Symposium, “An Exploration of the Convergence of Jewish & Scientific Thought,” 5 p.m. April 12 at the JCC’s ...

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Magazine

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm

Food for thought: Hidden Villa programs offer teens training in sustainability on the farm


/Town Crier It’s not all cute and cuddly for teens participating in the eight-week Animal Husbandry Apprenticeship program at Hidden Villa in Los Altos Hills. Mia Mosing of Palo Alto, left, and Sophia Jackson of Los Altos clean the pigpens – one of...

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Judge orders charter school to release financial data

A Santa Clara County Superior Court judge last week ordered Bullis Charter School to provide information it had withheld during its suit seeking reimbursement from the Los Altos School District.

The charter school is suing the district for $1.3 million in legal fees stemming from the 2009-2010 case, which found the district failed to offer the charter school adequate facilities.

Through the discovery process, the district’s legal team has been seeking financial information from the charter school.

Arguments on the relevance of the information were heard Oct. 30.

Judge Patricia Lucas described the charter school’s argument against providing the information as “so contrary” to the purpose of discovery that it could not be “reasonably asserted.”

Lucas ordered the charter school legal team to provide:

• A copy of the charter school’s engagement letter or similar document in connection to its legal team.

• Documents or a description of Bullis Charter School’s solicitation of potential donors that refer to litigation or threatened litigation from 2009 to the present.

• The average sum Bullis Charter School parents donated to the school from 2008 to the present.

• The sums of the largest donors to the charter school foundation from 2009 to the present, and whether the donors have charter school students (or previous students) or other affiliations.

• Documents concerning any offers from the charter school to purchase Gardner Bullis School or any other school facilities.

Because the school district has spent money trying to ascertain this information since summer, the judge included a monetary sanction against Bullis in the amount of $51,085.60.

Following receipt of the order, the charter school’s legal team filed a motion to appeal the court’s monetary order to the Sixth Appellate District of the California Courts of Appeal.

“This is a ridiculous request,” said Arturo Gonzalez, lawyer for the charter school. “It is very disappointing that the court is asking this. Anyone who looks at this can see that this is completely baseless.”

Gonzalez said that while Bullis Charter School’s lawyers have filed an appeal over the monetary sanction, he also intends to appeal the request for information – which requires a different legal process.

“We intend to aggressively appeal this order,” he said.

Los Altos School District Trustee Doug Smith said the information is relevant to the case.

“It shows where the money came from and the amount of private resources they have available, and goes to show whether (the legal fees) were really a burden to them,” Smith wrote in an email to the Town Crier. “Also, it shows that they benefited from (the lawsuit).”

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