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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.


Charter school drafts language to include BCS in bond measure

As the Los Altos School District prepares a bond measure for the November ballot, Bullis Charter School board members are drafting language to include the charter school in the push for new funding.

“We believe public-school tax dollars should be allocated fairly among all public school kids, including Bullis Charter School students,” said charter school board member Francis La Poll at the school’s March 17 board meeting.


Affordable housing in Los Altos comes on the market

Every few years, the local real estate market lets daydreams root in reality, at least for one family.

A one-bedroom apartment in the Los Altos Gardens complex recently came on the market for $981 a month. Part of a city-sponsored affordable housing program, the “below market rate” (BMR) unit is reserved for low-income candidates.


Two homes damaged in Mtn. View fire

FIRE3The Mountain View Fire Department this afternoon (March 19) responded to a fire at a home in the 100 block of Wortham Court in Mountain View.

The first wave of responders arrived on the scene at 2:50 p.m., according to Jaime Garrett of the Mountain View Fire Department, before a second alarm was initiated at 2:55 p.m.


City eyes traffic-light fixes at some intersections

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The intersection at Foothill Expressway and San Antonio Road in Los Altos frequently backs up during peak commute hours. The city is targeting mitigation measures.

The city is hoping to ease the stress – if only a little – for local commuters bogged down in traffic near Foothill Expressway.

A Los Altos Planning and Transportation Commission meeting March 6 revealed that city engineers are working to repair equipment that has led to faulty timing at some signalized intersections.


LA City Council approves downtown office project

Rendering courtesy of City of Los Altos
The Los Altos City Council green-lighted the design for a building at First and San Antonio.

By a 3-1 vote, the Los Altos City Council last week approved a downtown office project for the corner of First Street and San Antonio Road.

Councilwoman Jan Pepper cast the lone dissenting vote; Councilman Jarrett Fishpaw recused himself because he owns property within 500 feet of the project.


BCS defends itself against county letter

Bullis Charter School Superintendent Wanny Hersey sent a letter to the Santa Clara County Office of Education last week defending the school’s enrollment process.

The letter is a response to a Feb. 20 letter from the county questioning the charter school’s enrollment practices – which include requiring parents to present a driver’s license – and claiming that a meeting held outside school district boundaries proved a violation of the Brown Act, the state’s open meetings law.


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