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Loyola family files claim against LASD

The parents of a Loyola School student filed a claim against the Los Altos School District last month over an incident that occurred on the school’s playground last year.

According to Randy Kenyon, assistant superintendent for business services, the student fell off a piece of playground equipment and sustained an injury. He said the student lost his grip on a handle bar and fell. The bar has since been replaced.

Kenyon said the district forwarded the family’s claim to the district’s insurance broker, which is customary in such cases. He added that the claim will soon be settled out of court.

The district has not experienced many similar incidents in the past, said Kenyon, emphasizing that district playgrounds undergo quarterly inspections. Most claims filed are settled out of court, he said, but occasionally a claimant will pursue a settlement through the court system.

– Traci Newell

MROSD bond labeled ‘Measure AA’

The registrars of voters in Santa Clara, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties assigned the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District’s bond measure to finance major capital improvements to its open space the designation “Measure AA.”

Measure AA will appear on the June 3 ballot for residents in the district, which comprises 17 cities and towns – including Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View – in addition to portions of unincorporated Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Four Santa Cruz County voters live within the district, which includes 1,502 acres in that county.

The open space district plans to use funding from the bond to complete 25 high-priority projects identified through a public process that combined feedback from 2,200 residents with scientific analyses, according to a district press release issued March 12.

The release stated that the projects would improve access to hiking and biking opportunities; protect and preserve redwood forests, natural open spaces, the scenic beauty of the region and coastline and critical wildlife habitat; restore creeks to protect water quality; and reduce the risk of forest fires.

If voters approve the measure, the district, which has an AA+ bond rating, will have the authority to sell up to $300 million in general-obligation bonds for capital improvements over the next 25-30 years at a rate ranging from $1 to $3.18 per $100,000 of assessed property value.

The measure requires a two-thirds vote in the district’s jurisdiction.

For more information, visit openspace.org/imagine.

El Camino Hospital names new CFO

El Camino Hospital recently appointed Iftikhar Hussain its new chief financial officer. Hussain will replace interim CFO Ned Borgstrom in April.

“Iftikhar brings a proven track record of careful fiscal management, organizational leadership and innovative thinking that will be a tremendous asset to our hospital,” said Tomi Ryba, president and CEO of El Camino Hospital. “The next couple of years will bring some exciting changes to El Camino Hospital that will allow us to better serve our patients and create greater operational and cost efficiencies. Iftikhar has experienced many of these changes and will be able to provide us with critical guidance as we embark on our journey.”

Hussain previously served as CFO of Mills-Peninsula Health Services in Burlingame, where he increased charity care and invested in growth and process improvement initiatives. Prior to the position at Mills-Peninsula Health Services, he was director of finance at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland for more than 12 years and spent five years as director of accounting services at Mercy Healthcare/Catholic Healthcare West in Sacramento.

Hussain earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting from UC Berkeley and is a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

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