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Joint meeting plans prove BCS location a hot potato

The Los Altos City Council reluctantly vetted two requests to wade into the schools fray at its Oct. 8 meeting. A joint meeting scheduled Tuesday with the Los Altos Hills City Council may include discussion on how the cities might assist in negotiations between the Los Altos School District and Bullis Charter School.

“I’m not sure that we can have a productive, a fruitful, conversation on this,” Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins said. “I just don’t know what the advantage is of interjecting ourselves.”

Councilwoman Megan Satterlee noted that a separate committee was already pursuing site options for Bullis Charter School, echoing skepticism as to the role the council would play.

Councilmembers requested that if the issue is placed on the agenda, it should be scheduled after all other items have been resolved – likely curtailing conversation if the meeting is capped at one hour as planned.

Other items placed on the joint cities meeting agenda include shared funding for a new community and senior center, a joint sewer agreement, sidewalk construction on West Edith Avenue between Foothill Expressway and Cypress Drive and a proposal for a crossing guard to improve safety at the intersection.

Councilmembers also discussed an upcoming meeting with the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees. The council acceded to the district’s suggestion that they discuss skateable art, staggered start and end times at the Egan Junior High and Blach Intermediate school campuses, improving related traffic backups and a report on bike-to-school and walk-to-school programs.

The joint public meeting, not yet scheduled, will include two members of the Los Altos City Council and two officials from the Los Altos School District.

Councilwoman Val Carpenter suggested adding discussion of a school site for Bullis Charter School, but the idea didn’t win wide acceptance. Satterlee described raising the issue as akin to tossing a hand grenade.

MROSD receives award for environmental service

The Santa Clara County Chapter of the League of Conservation Voters is scheduled to honor the Los Altos-based Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District at its 20th annual Environmental Awards. The fundraising event is slated 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 23 at a private home in Monte Sereno.

MROSD will receive an award recognizing its 40 years of environmental service.

Founded by voter support in Santa Clara in 1972, MROSD’s mission is to protect the region’s green foothills. Portions of San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties later became a part of the district with the goal to create a regional greenbelt with other environmental agencies.

The district now spans 550 square miles and includes 17 cities and unincorporated areas, 62,000 acres of open space and more than 250 miles of trails.

Tickets to the awards are a $50 donation.

For reservations and more information, visit scclcv.org.

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