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Police pinch pungent perp

smokes robberAn alleged Mountain View bank robber notorious for his peculiar odor has been caught after police connected him to another crime.

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Milk Pail owner: Parking deal revoked

ONLINE MILKPAIL ExteriorA new parking agreement to save The Milk Pail Market in Mountain View has been revoked, according to its owner.

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BCS, LASD announce 5-year agreement

NEWS BlachThe Los Altos School District and Bullis Charter School announced a peace treaty Wednesday  (July 2). The term sheet, which covers the next five years, aims to "resolve their long standing dispute."

Representatives of the Bullis Charter School and Los Altos School District boards drafted the document, and will be soliciting public response until the boards vote on a final agreement July 28.

Highlights:

In the term sheet, the charter school and school district: 

  • Agreed to student enrollment projections.
  • Agreed to drop all pending litigation in Santa Clara County Superior Court and to initiate no new lawsuits.
  • Located charter school facilities at Egan and Blach, with expanded space at Blach by ending lease with Stepping Stones Pre-School.
  • Capped enrollment at BCS to approximately 900 students.
  • Phased out Bullis Charter School admissions preference for Los Altos Hills residents in the Bullis-Purissima Elementary School attendance area.
  • BCS agreed to cooperate in a bond measure for the Nov 2014 ballot, and work together to draft ballot language. 
  • BCS agreed to add a section to its website and other promotional materials providing more information as to how it successfully educates various groups of students with unique needs, including those requiring the full spectrum of special education services and/or classroom accommodations and ELL students.
  • For 2014-2015 and beyond, BCS will have on-site access to an Occupational Therapist, a Speech Therapist, a psychologist, and a teacher with an Educational Specialist Credential to work with students with disabilities.

Read the full text here. Check back for more coverage and a full story in the July 9 issue. 

MV police seek help identifying bank robber

bankrobberThe Mountain View Police Department seeks the public’s help in identifying a male suspected of robbing a downtown bank Tuesday (July 1).

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Mtn. View names new police chief


Max Bosel

A longtime local will take the lead at Mountain View's police department in August. City Manager Dan Rich announced today (June 27) that Max Bosel would fill the role.

Bosel joined the department as an officer in 1995 and rose to the rank of captain, running three divisions and serving as both interim police chief and interim assistant city manager.

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Measure AA supporters claim victory

Local voters went to the polls yesterday in the California State Primary election.

Supporters of Measure AA, the Peninsula’s open space preservation measure on the June 3 ballot, officially claimed victory Monday, winning more than 67 percent of the vote throughout the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD). The measure needed 66.7 percent to pass.
 
Voter approval of Measure AA now authorizes MROSD to issue bonds of up to $300 million to add 200 miles of new trails, increase recreational access for residents of all ages and preserve and restore thousands of acres of open spaces, forests, watersheds and farmlands throughout the Midpen district, which stretches 550 square miles from Los Gatos and East Palo Alto to north of Half Moon Bay.
 
“Peninsula residents have just made an incredible investment in the future, preserving the beautiful open spaces that make this region so special,” said Walter Moore, president of the Peninsula Open Space Trust, which, along with the Sempervirens Fund, served as Measure AA’s chief sponsor. “It is terrific to live in a place that puts such a high value on protecting our scarce natural areas for future generations, and we’re incredibly grateful to this community’s strong support.”
 
The funding approved by Measure AA will support 25 key projects identified through an extensive public planning process as providing the broadest public benefits. An independent oversight committee will ensure that funds are spent as promised.
 
Support for Measure AA was widespread and included nearly all the elected officials, community groups, chambers of commerce and housing advocates on the peninsula, as well as more than a dozen local newspapers and media outlets. Representatives said overwhelming community support and help from committed volunteers brought this measure over the challenging two-thirds majority needed to pass.
 
"We want to thank the thousands who shaped the Vision Plan and supported Measure AA--those who visit the preserves and use the trails, conservationists, parents, educators, employers and many, many others, who voted for the health of our environment and the health of our community,” said Steve Abbors, Midpen General Manager, “Now it’s our turn, we're hitting the ground running, and we look forward to the day in the near future when we come together again to celebrate the completion of the first Measure AA-funded project."
 
For a complete list of the 25 top open space projects that will benefit from this measure, click here. For details about Midpen, visit www.openspace.org.

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