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Water district reps address LAH concerns over project taxation

Water district reps address LAH concerns over project taxation

 Gary Kremen

Los Altos Hills residents, city councilmembers and even the Santa Clara Valley Water District Board chairman have protested taxes for water the district doesn't deliver.

"We're getting taxed for something we're not receiving, ...

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Schools

Homestead students use projects  to solve environmental problems

Homestead students use projects to solve environmental problems


Alisha Parikh/Special to the Town Crier
Homestead High School junior Maya Dhar, a Los Altos resident, left, and classmate Carolyn MacDonald support the school’s AP Environmental Science classes at the Arbor Day Festival April 23.

As summer appro...

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Community

Slideshow: Los Altos Live!

More than 20 acts performed to a soldout crowd Saturday at Los Altos High School's Eagle Theater for the seventh annual "Los Altos Live!" talent show. The show featured an eclectic range of acts, including rock bands, singers, dancers and the Broad...

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Sports

St. Francis swimmers shine

St. Francis swimmers shine


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Benjamin Ho competes against Sacred Heart Cathedral Thursday. The junior swam on all three victorious relays at the home meet, which the Lancers won easily.

Flexing its power in the pool, host St....

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Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices


Many contributing supporters to the Friends of Historic Redwood Grove believe that the Halsey House, designated a historic landmark by the Los Altos City Council in 1981, deserves to be saved and renovated for adapted use by the community.

Set in ...

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Special Sections

Sneaky shots: A photographers guide to capturing the proposal

Sneaky shots: A photographers guide to capturing the proposal


Elliott Burr/Special to the Town Crier
A stealthy photographer scouts locations ahead of time to find not just a place to perch, but also the ideal position for the subjects.

It’s showtime.

You’re about to ask the person in front of you to spen...

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Business

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Pharmaca is coming to 400 Main St. with a grand-opening celebration scheduled Saturday and Sunday.

If natural health and beauty products are your cup of tea, expect to find them – and hot tea – this weekend at the gran...

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Books

People

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

October 30, 1924 - April 8, 2015

Jane Butterfield Pringle Lynd, daughter to Liebert and Elise Butterfield of San Francisco, passed away quietly at her home in Palo Alto surrounded by her family, following a short illness. Jane was a proud third ge...

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Travel

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers


Natalie Elefant/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Natalie Elefant noted the vibrant street performances as a traveler in Cuba.

The U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba late last year, enabling Americans to import $100 worth of cig...

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Stepping Out

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View


Ray Renati/Special to the Town Crier
The Pear Avenue Theatre production of Paul Braverman’s “Birds of a Feather” stars Troy Johnson as mafia boss Sean Kineen, left, and Diane Tasca as private eye Frankie Payne.

Pear Avenue Theatre’s world premi...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon


tanya kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Shrub manzanitas are known for their sinuous mahogany trunks and branches. If the foliage hides the bark, prune selectively to open the center so that the bark is visible year-round. This Montara manzanita is ...

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Inside Mountain View

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth


Courtesy of Challenge Team
Jeanette Freiberg, bottom of pile, has fun with family members. The Challenge Team named Freiberg, a student at Mountain View High School, its 2015 Youth Champion.

There’s an ongoing joke among members of the Challenge...

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BCS, LASD continue discussion on long-term facilities


After meeting last week to discuss long-term facilities needs, Los Altos School District officials may gain more specifics about Bullis Charter School’s expectations for the future.

Representatives from the Bullis Charter School and the Los Altos School District boards met for the second time to address facility solutions for the charter school and scheduled a follow-up meeting 7 p.m. today in the Los Altos Hills Town Council Chambers.

Trustee Tammy Logan represented the district at the meeting (President Doug Smith had to cancel because of a work conflict) and charter school board members Francis La Poll and Peter Evans represented the charter school.

“We’d like a discussion around what it would take to settle issues in the long term,” La Poll said. “Bullis Charter School would like to find a way to end all the litigation. We’d like to talk about how we reach some agreement.”

The parties agreed that they would like a solution that resolves charter school facility needs for the next 10-15 years.

“I would like to see a proposal of how many kids come in, what facilities you need over the time period and where you propose they go,” Logan said. “Let’s try to come up with something that is reasonable.”

Conversation focused on past agreements and offers, what could make this proposal process work and what would end it immediately.

Logan raised the matter of what the charter school applied for in last year’s facilities request, its “compromise” plan.

“Please look at what you asked for,” she said. “The compromise was at a ratio of 20:1 (classroom loading). Our kids don’t get that. That is not what the law provides for – it states ‘reasonably equivalent.’ Don’t ask for a palace and then expect us not to come back.”

La Poll and Evans said the proposal process would not work if the district does not accept the charter school’s growth projection.

“The opportunity here is that we won’t have a deal unless we put forth numbers that we are going to grow toward and you guys buy into that,” La Poll said.

He added that all children are entitled to appropriate facilities, and that is what the charter school seeks in the future.

“The word ‘entitlement’ you use is where we are going to run into issues,” Logan said. “Your view of what you are entitled to and our view is different. You have to balance these things or we are going to be in the same place.”

When asked if the charter school would use some of its set-aside funds for facilities for a new campus, La Poll said that would not be fair.

There was discussion about sharing funds, which Logan said the district would be more willing to do if the charter school were under the district’s, not the county’s, oversight.

“I think all things are possible,” Evans said. “The equity in the notion is sufficiently strong, how we are governed by comparison, a detail.”

The meeting concluded with agreement that Bullis Charter School officials would return with a rough estimate of classroom and teaching space required as the charter school grows toward its goal of 875-900 students.

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