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LASD, BCS announce five-year peace treaty


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A five-year agreement keeps Bullis Charter School facilities split between Egan Junior High and Blach Intermediate, left, schools.

Bullis Charter School and the Los Altos School District forged a five-year peace treaty last week, the first step in resolving their decade-long facilities battle.

Culminating in what was described as a series of eight-hour mediation sessions, subcommittees representing the charter school and district boards hammered out the details of the agreement, which includes dropping all facilities litigation.

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LASD releases more bond measure details

Mitigating enrollment growth proved to be the top priority for the Los Altos School District as trustees pursue a November bond measure.

Dave Olson of The PMF Group, a national financial organization that has worked with the district for 20 years, presented financial possibilities to the board at its June 30 meeting. He outlined ways the district could raise the funds – with or without a bond measure – to expand facilities and address the growth problem.

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Former candidate takes another crack at LASD board run


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Gardner Bullis School parent Vladimir Ivanovic recently declared his intent to run for the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees in the Nov. 4 election.

This is not Ivanovic’s first time running for the school board – he ran in the 2012 election before bowing out mid-campaign and throwing his support to other candidates.

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Council approves water conservation resolution

The Los Altos City Council June 24 unanimously approved a resolution that calls on the city to follow more stringent water conservation measures.

The council’s 5-0 vote came after the Santa Clara Valley Water District reported in May that several of its reservoirs stood at less than 40 percent of its average storage over the past 20 years. In January, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency, requesting that Californians reduce their water consumption by 20 percent to help offset demand during the current severe drought conditions. Los Altos adopted a water conservation resolution in 2009 that called for a 15 percent reduction, compared with the city’s 2004 water use.

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Milk Pail owner: Parking deal revoked


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A parking agreement between Merlone Geier Partners and The Milk Pail Market was revoked after the Mountain View City Council last week delayed a vote on the second phase of The Village at San Antonio Center project.

A new parking agreement to save The Milk Pail Market in Mountain View has been revoked, according to its owner.

In an email to the Mountain View City Council Sunday, longtime Milk Pail owner Steve Rasmussen said a deal with Merlone Geier Partners was revoked by the developer after the Mountain View City Council delayed a vote on Phase 2 plans for The Village at San Antonio Center last week. The council postponed its vote over concerns about a lack of housing in the proposed project. Attempts to contact Merlone Geier ahead of the Town Crier’s press deadline were unsuccessful.

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City eyes August finish for Portola project


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City officials expect the construction work on a new sidewalk on Portola Avenue to be finished ahead of the 2014-15 school year. The new sidewalk will connect the two existing pathways.

Construction crews recently began work on a $284,000 Portola Avenue project to construct a new pathway.

According to Los Altos Assistant Civil Engineer Kathy Small, the project calls for construction of a new 5-foot-wide sidewalk, plus curbs and gutters, on the southern side of Portola Avenue, between Egan Junior High School and Westminster Lane. Small called the new sidewalk the “missing link” that connects existing sidewalks along the street. The city is also installing a new crosswalk as part of the project at the shared intersection with Carmel Avenue.

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LAH council renews Sheriff’s Office contract

Los Altos Hills residents can expect to see familiar faces patrolling their streets after the city council voted to renew its contract with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office through 2024.

The contract includes 5,041 hours of law enforcement at $164 an hour. The $1 million annual expense is among the lowest for such services in the area.

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