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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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Drought may cause increased coyote activity


Courtesy of Santa Clara County Vector Control
Coyotes are on the prowl in the area as they search for water amid the drought.

The drought is killing more than lawns in Los Altos – it also may be indirectly responsible for the death of cats in the city.

The lack of water has resulted in a dearth of resources in the hills for coyotes, according to Animal Control officers, leading some of the canines to venture into Los Altos for prey – including cats.

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Los Altos honors resident for historical preservation


The Los Altos City Council recognized Margaret Thompson, third from right, as its 2014 Historic Preservation Award winner last week. Pictured with Thompson, from left, are Linda Eckols and Historical Commissioners Walter Chapman, Denise Welsh, Janis Ahmadjian-Baer and Robert Mabe.

The Los Altos City Council last week honored Margaret Thompson as the city’s 2014 Historic Preservation Award recipient.

Mayor Megan Satterlee presented Thompson – known for the annual Historical Essay Contest that bears her name – with a proclamation that acknowledged her “contributions to historic preservation of our city.”

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Council narrowly approves controversial house project

The Los Altos City Council last week narrowly approved a Ray Avenue family’s home reconstruction project, despite some neighborhood concerns about its size and appearance.

The council voted 3-2 in favor of Stefi and Anand Ganesan’s resubmitted plans to construct a 3,278-square-foot, two-story home at 1055 Ray Ave. Councilwomen Jeannie Bruins and Jan Pepper voted against the project.

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LAH Council Briefs


The Los Altos Hills City Council voted to advance a preliminary proposal for a 1.64-acre dog park near the intersection of Purissima and Elena roads.

Following are highlights from the June 19 Los Altos Hills City Council meeting. For details of the town’s budget discussion, see the story in the June 25 paper. The next meeting is scheduled 6 p.m. July 16 at town hall, 26375 W. Fremont Road.

Bats keep swinging at Purissima fields

The council unanimously renewed a three-year contract with Los Altos and Los Altos Hills Little League for use of Purissima Park.

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LA council approves budget, capital projects

The Los Altos City Council last week approved the city’s 2014-2015 fiscal year operating budget with a unanimous vote. The council also voted 3-2 in favor of adopting an updated 2014-2015 to 2018-2019 capital improvement program (CIP).

The split vote came after Mayor Megan Satterlee successfully sought the elimination of a $50,000 special projects and studies provision of the CIP in future years that the city has previously used to fund new, unanticipated opportunities. The city’s installation last year of new electric-vehicle charging stations at the civic center and Parking Plaza 3, for example, were funded through the special projects and studies provision.

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