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LASD Imagines Bullis Charter on Hillview Park

Nightmare on Hillview - LASD Imagines BCS on Hillview Park
Nightmare on Hillview - LASD Imagines BCS on Hillview Park
Written by lalahpolitico
The School District has posted on its website three site plan/drawings for placing Bullis Charter on Hillview Park. The permanent Charter would be a 900 student school. The Board of Trustees had been expecting to unveil these plans at the next joint City-School Public Lands Committee, a meeting which they hoped would include discussion of the City’s Hillview Park land.  However, on March 8, 2016, the City Council pulled out of the ad hoc Public Lands Committee, reasoning they were futile. The Committee is disbanded.

The Board of Trustees at its March 14, 2016 meeting directed staff to upload the site plan/drawings to the District  “Public Lands” website page so the “community” could take a look. There are no explanatory comments on the District page, but there are here at LosAltosPolitico. These plans were made entirely without consulting the City or the Bullis Charter School.

Sources at the BCS say their community finds the idea of taking City land at Hillview abhorrent.  Lalahpolitico has inferred that the BCS lawyers will easily find that none of these District plans are even close to “reasonably equivalent.” There is a notable shortage of school blacktop among other deficiencies.

Lalahpolitico notes that the City is probably laughing at the big lie LASD Trustee Ivanovich and Tamara Logan told repeatedly, saying they just want to “share” with the City and not take any City land. These plans TAKE 2 acres, they seem underparked, and they require expensive underground parking.  A question — where is the often mentioned, 3-story plan that puts City activity on the land of the 1st story, and then puts the Charter floating above the land on stories 2 and 3?  That’s the plan that doesn’t “take any land” in the minds of trustees of LASD.


 

V. 1 Bullis Charter on Hillview Park

V. 1 Architectural Drawing = Total “School” 4.75 acres

Version 1: Bullis Charter on Hillview Park as unveiled by LASD March 2016

Version 1: Bullis Charter on Hillview Park as unveiled by LASD March 2016. Building and Parking located on top of Old Hillview School Building.

 

Looking at the left bottom of the above site plan, this plan seems to copy one version of the City architect – Andersen Brule — civic center diagrams, leaving the theater in place. However it changes traffic circulation and crams in a school.  At the top of the diagram,  I have no idea why the police station was moved?! And the Los Altos Youth Center Building was torn down!  What is the purpose of the white space where the police station used to be?!  For Orchard expansion? Because it looks like the original location of the orchard is changing.

V. 1 School Construction Acreage is 2.5 acres

Version 1: Buildings Acreage. Bullis Charter on Hillview Park as unveiled by LASD March 2016

Version 1: Buildings Acreage is about 2.5 acres. Bullis Charter on Hillview Park as unveiled by LASD March 2016. The school in placed on top of where the old Hillview Building is now.

 

In the above Google map, the new two-story school buildings are on footprint of the Old Hillview four wing one-story building. We assume that the buildings are for exclusive use of BCS. The new two-story is more up against the neighbors than the old one story building. It is not clear if it has adequate square footage for 900 students.

Note: Throughout this article, I count parking blacktop intended for school use as part of school construction acreage footprint. This was to keep acreage estimates simple.

V. 1 School Green Acreage (Shared) is 2.25 acres

Version 1: Shared Green Space Acreage. Bullis Charter on Hillview Park as unveiled by LASD March 2016

Version 1: City-School Shared Green Space Acreage of  about 2.25 acres. Bullis Charter on Hillview Park as unveiled by LASD March 2016.

 

In the above Google map, the green fields are partially rearranged. The baseball field remains in it current location. A soccer field is moved to on top of the current Hillview parking lot. We assume the shared green space is for use of the school during school hours 8 am to at least 4 pm. During these hours, it may not be used by the recreation department or residents and dog walkers. Parking for the Community Center is underneath the soccer field.


V. 2 Bullis Charter on Hillview Park

V. 2 Architectural Drawing = Total “School” 4.75 acres

Version 2: Bullis Charter on Hillview Park as unveiled by LASD March 2016

Version 2: Bullis Charter on Hillview Park as unveiled by LASD March 2016

This plan above copies in large part one of the City architect – Andersen Brule — civic center diagrams. However it changes traffic circulation and crams in a school. The parking for the school needs to be underground, as well as the parking for the community center and pool! Very expensive. The two-story school building is crammed up against only two continugous neighbors in this plan. However neighbors across the street see a two-story built right up to the sidewalk!  I can’t image how awful congestion would be on Hillview Ave. with this one.  And all the cut through traffic for a pool, recreation programs and start of the school day! There is no room for School buses, is there?

V. 2 School Construction Acreage is 1.75 acres

Version 2: Bulidings footprint acreage. Bullis Charter on Hillview Park as unveiled by LASD March 2016

Version 2: BUILDINGS footprint acreage is about 1.75 acre . Bullis Charter on Hillview Park as unveiled by LASD March 2016.

As show on the Google map above, this plan has the smallest school footprint with 1.75 acres. There is inadequate blacktop for school recess and P.E.

V. 2 School Green Acreage (Shared) is 2.5 acres

Version 2: Shared green space acreage. Bullis Charter on Hillview Park as unveiled by LASD March 2016

Version 2: Shared green space acreage. Bullis Charter on Hillview Park as unveiled by LASD March 2016

As show on the Google map above, this plan does appear to provide two complete fields– soccer and baseball. However both fields will be need to be reconstructed as they are moved.

 


 

V. 3 Bullis Charter on Hillview Park

V. 3 Architectural Drawing = Total “School” 5.4 acres

Version 3: Bullis Charter on Hillview Park as unveiled by LASD March 2016.

Version 3: Bullis Charter on Hillview Park as unveiled by LASD March 2016.

TThis plan come up with its own civic center diagram. It might be similar to very early ones prepared by the City architect, Andersen Brulee. However this appears to be a  smaller community center than we have now. It has only 3 “wings,” whereas the existing Hillview building has 4 wings. This proposes REDUCING the square footage of the Community Center by over 25% from what it is now. People need to think about that.

There is no underground parking on this plan. It seems underparked.  It looks underparked at the School at the Community Center and especially at the library!!! . The library has lost most of it’s parking. Vehicle Ingress egress at the library seems to be only from San Antonio. The school parking lot is not configured for drop off and pick up.  It does not look school bus friendly.

Do we really expect the School, our Theater and our Community Center to use ONE SINGLE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER.?! Located at the school!   [Yellow building]. Performing arts have lots of stuff: specific lights set up, stage props, audio mixers, costume storage, instrument storage.  You can’t move that stuff in and out twice a day!  And think of the immense extra storage space and wheeled carts and all the people needed to  haul stuff in and out! Set up and tear down twice a day?

When this single green field is being used for soccer it can’t be used for baseball. So there is a net reduction of ONE in the inventory of sports fields available to the teams in our community.

The skatepark is nice; but that means you got rid of the tot playlot there now. And you can’t just type”teens” on the Los Altos Youth Center (LACY). With such a small community center as is drawn here, the recreation department will still need to continue “program” adult classes and other events at LACY as it does now.

 

V. 3 School Construction Acreage is 3.15 acres

 

Version 3: Bulidings footprint acreage. Bullis Charter on Hillview Park as unveiled by LASD March 2016

Version 3: Bulidings footprint acreage is about 3.15 acres. From Bullis Charter on Hillview Park as unveiled by LASD March 2016

As show on the Google map above, the school footprint is 3.15 acres.   It is the most generous of the three plans but still so stingy.

V. 3 School Green Acreage (Shared) is 2.3 acres

Version 3: Shared GREEN SPACE acreage. Bullis Charter on Hillview Park as unveiled by LASD March 2016

Version 3: Shared GREEN SPACE acreage. Bullis Charter on Hillview Park as unveiled by LASD March 2016

When this single field is being used for soccer it can’t be used for baseball. So there is a net reduction of ONE in the inventory of sports fields available to the teams in our community.




 

Some Comparisons  BEFORE vs. AFTER

NOW Hillview Green Acreage (Fields)  is 2.7 acres

Hillview Park now has 2 green fields, totaling 2.69 acres

Hillview Park now has 2 green fields, totaling 2.69 acres

 

ANALYSIS OF GREEN SPACE CHANGES

Acreage wise all three District plans for Bullis Charter on Hillview almost preserve the fields acreage for public use outside of school hours.  The proposed fields might not have quite the same length and width dimensions though, and might be less “playable” for different ages of sports teams. Access to the fields may be suboptimal for some of these district plans for Bullis Charter on Hillview.  Version three reduces the inventory of fields in town by one because you can’t play soccer and baseball simultaneously version three.




 

NOW BCS has 6.4 “School” acres at Egan

Bullis Charter School has 6.9 "School" acres at Egan at the present time.

Bullis Charter School has 6.4 “School” acres at Egan at the present time.

 


NOW BCS has 2.5 “School” acres at Blach, for a BCS cross campus Total of 8.9 acres

Bullis Charter has 2.5 school acres at Blach now.

Bullis Charter has 2.5 school acres at Blach now.

 

BCS ACREAGE SHRINKS AT  HILLVIEW

The most generous District plan for Bullis Charter on Hillview creates a BCS “School” of 5.4 acres.  But BCS is already on 8.9 acres across its two campuses.

This summer more  portables costing $1M   are going onto to Blach, on perhaps a bit more of Blach land.

If BCS already finds its set up now “Not reasonably equivalent,” what will they think of these three proposals?  

[Caveat: Note that my counting Egan City gym parking lot as part of the Charter “School” acreage at Egan, is a stretch.  But I did so for this simple “reality check” analysis. This is not how things are defined and calculated for Prop 39 “equivalency” purposes.]


 

FORECAST OF COMMUNITY REACTION TO SITE PLANS

Oh my gosh! What are they think?

Oh my gosh! What are they thinking?

A very loud howl of outrage… then Consternation and Angst
“Unbelievable.”
“What the heck!”
“How stupid is this!”
“Ayyy, way too much money.”
“Hands off our Park.”
“After 17 months, this?!”
“Put on your big boy pants.”

 


RESOURCES:

LosAltosPolitico Site: Larger photos of the site plans

Version ONE Bullis Charter on Hillview Park

Version TWO Bullis Charter on Hillview Park

Version THREE Bullis Charter on Hillview Park

 

LASD Site:  link to their .pdfs

LASD – Hillview Reconfiguring and adding a school (two options)

LASD –  Add a school at Hillview, place pools at Blach and Egan Jr. Highs

LASD – Page – Facilities Master Plan & Bond Implementation

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 became fascinated with the business of local politics only in the past couple of years.

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