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Entrepreneur's story turns into film


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Lisa Belcher and Steve Wayneturned Wayne’s 10-year-old story, “The Gift,” into a 25-minute film, shot on location in Hong Kong, left. courtesy of Lisa Belcher

A Los Altos businessman has teamed up with his sister to turn a coming-of-age story he wrote a decade ago into a film.

Steve Wayne and his sister, Lisa Belcher, are in the midst of completing work on “The Gift,” a 25-minute film adaptation of a fictional tale Belcher described as a “coming-of-age, adventure story.”

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LASD board approves bond measure that spares Rosita and McKenzie parks


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The Los Altos School District Board of Trustees filed a bond measure for the November ballot last week that includes language prohibiting the district from using Rosita and McKenzie parks as a 10th school site.

After several special meetings this summer at which members of Save Los Altos Parks (SLAP) voiced their disapproval of transforming either park into a school site, district trustees acceded to their request to include language that bars bond money from being used to build a school at Rosita or McKenzie.

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Police Blotter

Residential burglary

Aug. 4, 1:38 p.m., 100 block of West Portola Avenue: An unknown suspect entered a residence through an unlocked rear door, ransacked the home and stole notebook and tablet computers. The burglary occurred between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., according to police.

Commercial burglary

Aug. 8, 12:31 p.m., 4800 block of El Camino Real: Police arrested a 46-year-old male for attempting to steal vitamin products from Whole Foods Market. According to police, the suspect said he planned to resell the stolen items at a local flea market. He was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail.

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Workshop for community center slated Tuesday night

City officials are slated to host a workshop Tuesday to gather resident input on site planning options for a new community center.

The event, scheduled 6-9 p.m. at the Los Altos Youth Center at 1 N. San Antonio Road, is open to the public.

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Multiyear facilities agreement halts dispute


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Bullis Charter School’s Blach campus site received finishing touches this week. The five-year facilities agreement places the charter school at Blach and Egan for the next five years.

The boards of Bullis Charter School and the Los Altos School District voted unanimously last week to approve a five-year facilities agreement, putting to rest the long-standing dispute over the allocation of public school facilities in Los Altos.

The agreement clearly outlines the charter school’s facilities over the next five years – spaces at Egan Junior High and Blach Intermediate schools – and ends the litigation and time-intensive annual facilities allocation process.

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Neighborhood network, local advocacy group consolidate


Two local volunteer organizations are becoming one.

The Los Altos Neighborhood Network (LANN) is folding into Friends of Los Altos (FOLA), an organization founded by three former members of the Los Altos City Council in 2013. The boards of the two Los Altos organizations jointly announced the decision last week.

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LASD board still hammering out bond details

With the Friday ballot deadline for the Nov. 4 election looming, the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees last week pored over the details of a bond measure designed to improve school facilities.

Janet Mueller, a legal adviser hired by the district, gave a presentation July 28 about the legal complexities of drafting the bond measure’s ballot language. Items on the bond project list, which must be included with the full ballot text, should be specific enough to allow for “meaningful approval and oversight of the bond expenditures,” she noted.

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