BCS too exclusive to sustain

Regarding the article “County warns BCS over enrollment disparities” (Town Crier, May 12), I have two questions:

1. Why has it taken so long for Bullis Charter School’s failure to adequately enroll certain underrepresented student groups to be questioned by the Santa Clara County Board of Education when it has been a “given” for years to anyone paying attention?

2. How can BCS possibly feign surprise when they have consistently allowed the situation to exist and be sustained?

This could possibly be viewed with a bit of candor if it hadn’t impacted the excellent Los Altos public schools so deeply. BCS has often been referred to as a private school funded by the public schools.

What a boon not to face the challenge of large numbers of English learners or the socioeconomically disadvantaged. Students of value in their own right, but necessitating different approaches.

Few if any Individualized Education Programs to deal with.

Spanish-speaking students? Special education? All challenges for contemporary public schools to face today, yet according to the data from the California Department of Education, BCS has consistently enrolled lower proportions in these groups.

Having observed this “exclusivity” of BCS, sustained and expanded for years, all the while financed by public school funds, I hope it is now time to realize that it is too unrealistic and exclusive to allow to go on.

Joan Mather

Los Altos

Compromise needed on drones in city parks

I received our copy of the April 28 Town Crier, with the discussion of banning drones at city parks (“Los Altos Hills council eyes banning drone use in preserves”).

Sometimes I’m so disappointed in our residents. The only solution to something you don’t like appears to be to petition the city council to ban it completely.

Where is it written that the noisy minority is the arbiter of everything people are allowed to do?

I’ve done my share of hiking in the foothills. A drone is a momentary distraction, no more intrusive than an aircraft landing at SFO or a (leashed) dog barking at a rabbit. They aren’t the end of the world.

If the city council feels compelled to do something, I’d urge them to be inclusive in their thought process.

Los Altos has earned a reputation as a town that is stuck in the 1950s – never wanting anything to change. Regulations like that posed by Sue Welch simply tell younger residents, “Your hobby isn’t important, and we really don’t want you here anyway.”

If the city has no obligation to provide space for every hobby (like roller skating or drone flying), I’d venture to guess that those younger residents also might think the same about a community center or a library.

Rather than an outright ban, how about an “alternate weekend” plan that allows drones on some weekends and prohibits them on others? Whatever happened to the sense of compromise?

Doug Smith

Formerly of Los Altos

The clock is back, and residents are happy

We are happy to note that the clock in the downtown triangle is finally working again.

Yes, we are all on our devices these days, but the clock reminds us that Los Altos is at heart a small community, with a real center.

Thanks to city staff, and the clock mechanic who came from out of state to fix it.

Hope it keeps ticking now.

Don and Lizebeth Burch

Los Altos