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Multiyear facilities agreement halts dispute


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
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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<author>Discussions on parks, school sites </author><author>put on hold</author>

Discussions between the city of Los Altos and the Los Altos School District on possible school sites have apparently been shelved – at least for now.

The city canceled a July 31 ad hoc committee meeting – at the behest of the district – as the district aims to meet the Friday deadline to place a $150 million bond measure on the November ballot.

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LAH council hears request for tennis court lights at Fremont Hills


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Fremont Hills Country Club asked the Los Altos Hills City Council to allow the club to install lights at five of its 10 tennis courts.

The Los Altos Hills City Council is slated to discuss a proposal calling for tennis court lights at Fremont Hills Country Club.

At a public hearing scheduled 7 p.m. Aug. 21 at town hall, councilmembers will consider the club’s request to install metal halide lights at five of its 10 courts. With the addition of lights, the club could accommodate more tennis players after dark and host United States Tennis Association interclub meets.

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Wenke sentenced

Los Altos resident Laura Jean Wenke received an 11 years to life sentence July 31 for the attempted murder of her estranged husband in 2011. She was also ordered to pay more than $10,000 in restitution.

San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe told the Town Crier that he was “quite pleased” with the sentence.

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City schedules roundtable on communication

Two Los Altos City Councilwomen want to know how the city can better engage residents – and vice versa.

Councilwomen Jeannie Bruins and Jan Pepper are slated to host a community roundtable in a bid to improve the city’s communication methods with the public. The roundtable – scheduled 6:45-9:15 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road – is open to all residents.

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