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LASD discusses possible facilities upgrades

Although the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees agreed that mitigating enrollment growth topped its priority list for bond funds, trustees spent most of their July 7 meeting discussing potential facilities upgrades.

During earlier meetings, Randy Kenyon, assistant superintendent for business services, said the district could generate an estimated $200 million with passage of a November bond measure.

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Q&A with Anne Wojcicki: 23andMe founder, local resident discusses Los Altos investments


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For the past several years, Anne Wojcicki (Wo-JIT-skee) has been quietly involved in efforts to spruce up downtown Los Altos. She and her husband, Google Inc. co-founder Sergey Brin, helped form Passerelle Investment Co., which owns and leases numerous properties along First and State streets and sponsors various activities and events downtown.

Wojcicki also partnered with longtime friend and entrepreneur Mary Heffernan of H&H Co. to start several new creative businesses in the revamped spaces. The businesses, including Bumble and Red Racer Hobby Shop, filled a need by catering to young families.

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Police pinch pungent perp

smokes robberAn alleged Mountain View bank robber notorious for his peculiar odor has been caught after police connected him to another crime.

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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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