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City-Schools Subcommittee vs. Hillview vs. Traffic Light

Los Altos School District is asking the City of Los Altos to pay for a Traffic Signal at Miramonte and Covington
Los Altos School District is asking the City of Los Altos to pay for a Traffic Signal at Miramonte and Covington
Written by lalahpolitico

The last city-schools subcommittee meeting was way back in June 2014. That post is here.  It discussed the possibility of sharing/leasing a couple of smaller city parks with the school, IF that would help find the Bullis Charter School a permanent facility and deal with the District’s “enrollment growth” problem. Finally this subcommittee is starting up again after the nearly year long hiatus on Thursday, April 30, 6:00 pm in the LASD Board Room located at 201 Covington Road.

City-Schools Subcommittee- Hillview Site for a School!?

Lalahpolitico suspects the LASD trustees on the city-schools subcommittee [at this time I don’t know which two LASD trustees took that job] will once again be asking the City of Los Altos subcommittee representatives [ council members Jan Pepper and Jean Mordo] for the Hillview site as a 10th school. Perhaps the LASD reps may ask the City to POSTPONE its Community Center bond measure effort scheduled for November 2015 this fall, to at least 2016, if not to just outright kill it.  The LASD reps may signal they can support a bond as soon as this fall, but alas perhaps they fear a contingent parents — those who “perceive” that the City ought to provide a 10th site — will not support the city bond. Those could be enough “NO” parents to cause the bond fail at the polls; A city bond needs 66.67% of voters to vote YES.  Of course we all realize that LASD  cannot control the thoughts and opinions of any group of parents, right?

Will the city-schools subcommittee in Los Altos, California discuss using the City's Hillview land for a school?

Will the city-schools subcommittee in Los Altos, California discuss using the City’s Hillview land for a school, thereby delaying or killing the City’s plan for a new community center and pool complex as shown above? The City bond issue was to be scheduled for November 2015.

So show up and fill out a public speaker card if you

1) support Hillview as a 10th site for a school
2) live near Hillview and prefer a community center/pool to a school OR prefer a school OR etc.
3) support building the community center/ pool on Covington School next to the City’s Rosita park
4) support open space above any other use, NIMBY, BANANA, other, etc. “Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anyone”

 

Traffic Light for Miramonte – Covington Intersection

Here is a topic that might come up at the Thursday meeting. The School District is asking the City to pay for installing a traffic light at the Miramonte-Covington intersection. It has long been a major traffic pain point for Covington School. This summer BCS will grow to nearly its final size and footprint at Blach  per the “5-year agreement” which thankfully ended the expensive litigation and the annual Prop 39 bickering process. The District is asking the City to take on this EIR “mitigation.” City staff have responded, “No.”

Lalahpolitico recalls that the City of Los Altos engineers wanted to put a traffic signal there a couple of years ago.  It would have been “on” only for morning and evening commute hours, at other times defaulting to 4 red lights – aka a four way stop.  About 300 neighbors pleaded before City Council that they preferred their 4 way stop signs.  So instead of a traffic signal, the City Council voted to direct city staff to put in those fancy bulb out curbs, make some other bike and pedestrian safety improvements and keep it as a four way stop sign intersection.  I believe these improvement were made recently.

So show up and fill out a public speaker card if you

1) oppose a traffic signal
2) commute through this intersection, etc.

 

Agenda for the April 30 meeting of the city-schools subcommittee - two LASD trustees and two City of Los Altos council persons

Agenda for the April 30 meeting of the city-schools subcommittee – two LASD trustees and two City of Los Altos council persons

CONCLUSION:

As of this writing, I can’t find where LASD tucks it subcommittee schedule on its websit.  It’s not on the meeting lists!?!?

But the City of Los Altos is transparent about it, and you can find it on that website here. Always check for cancellations and last minute changes.   http://www.losaltosca.gov/meetings?field_synonym_value_1=3

 

 

SOME INTERESTING COMMUNITY CENTER PAGES ON THE CITY WEB SITE

March 2015 Presentation of Preferred Community Center Site Plan and Cost Model:

http://los-altos.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=4&clip_id=918&meta_id=41628 

Also http://www.losaltosca.gov/community/page/civic-center-master-plan-community-center

And http://www.losaltosca.gov/community/page/past-meetings

About the author

lalahpolitico

Norma Schroder is an economics & market researcher by trade and ardent independent journalist, photographer and videographer by avocation. Enthralled by the growth of the tech industry over the decades, she only became fascinated with business of local politics only in the past couple of years.

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