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LASD parents raise concerns about 10th school site

Old Mill Building
Megan V. Winslow / Town Crier
The Los Altos School District’s 10th Site Committee recommended a site that includes the Old Mill Office Center, above, on San Antonio Circle in Mountain View, but the owners the building do not want to sell.

Fifteen residents and an attorney spoke at the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees meeting Monday (Jan. 8), primarily to express their opinions on the prospect of the district invoking eminent domain to acquire property for a 10th school site.

The district is targeting the so-called Old Mill/Safeway site in Mountain View – near the northeastern corner of San Antonio Road and the California Street – but the property owners have refused to sell the site to the district.

Only one of the 16 speakers favored the use of eminent domain – the right of the government to take private property for public use.

District resident Jen Benebeim said securing a new site would give the district flexibility in planning, whether it is used for Bullis Charter School or a neighborhood school, so she urged trustees to move forward with the purchase.

“I know some people are concerned about lawsuits, but this is what eminent domain laws are there for,” she said. “I don’t think you should be afraid of that.”

Nearly all of the other residents who spoke at the meeting asked trustees to avoid litigation.

For the complete story, see next week’s Town Crier.

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