First LASD Workshop- feelings and bullet votes prevail

LASD BCS Ideas Workshop Nov. 1 2019 bullet voting
Workshop participants lookover 56 BCS ideas before voting/polling begins
Written by lalahpolitico

The first LASD workshop for collecting opinions about ‘BCS facilities ideas’ was hijacked by a well-coordinated campaign for bullet votes in an extreme, no-compromise ‘anti-charter’ way.  You can see in their ‘voting guide’ that workshop participants were coached to

  • demand a BCS enrollment rollback from the current 1111 to 900

  • fully support ideas that would force BCS entirely or partially on the 10th site

  • reject virtually all other ideas

That meant out of 55 BCS ideas, they would vote to FULLY SUPPORT only 8 of them and FULLY REJECT all the others.  There was no middle ground.

Need Another Look?

Activist Anti-charter group’s LASD voting guide here  .If the group takes it offline, let Lalah know.  I have screenshots to show that 8 ideas were supported, while the rest of the 56 were rejected. Clear evidence of bullet votes. It’s not illegal, but it sure violates the purpose of the community engagement.

Image: Excerpt from How to Bullet Vote
and Hobble the BCS Program
a ‘Polling Guide

one of the slide in the "pollling guide' circulated by the anti-charter group

Official LASD page of Community Ideas for Workshop revised.pdf  at the LASD site dated Nov. 1, 2019.


Here are some highlights from the Nov. 1 workshop.

Children at home?

LASD workshop Nov. 1 2019 demographics

Participants at the Nov. 1, 2019 workshop were 45% LASD parents, 23% BCS parents, and 10% parents with mixed enrollment.


LASD workshop Nov. 1, 2019 was mostly made up of the middle-aged

77% or participants were of the age likely to have children in the home. The MIG consultant says this is typical for school topics.

Extra Questions at Start –
BCS Enrollment Cap?

Before voting on the 56  ‘BCS Ideas’, particpants were asked if a BCS enrollment cap should be part of the upcoming negotiations for a long-term solution.

900 cap

LASD Workshop BCS Ideas enrollment cap 900

This 900 cap would mean BCS would have to shed about 200 students now enrolled for the 2019-2020 school year. Lalah: unrealistic?


1100 cap

LASD Workshop BCS Ideas 1111 cap

This cap would make the BCS current enrollment  — 1111 with 1054 of those in-district — long-term. BCS and LASD are in a 2 year agreement while carries that cap forward to the 2020-2021 school year.


No cap

LASD Workshop BCS Ideas no enrollment cap

It looks like some BCS parents and ‘friends’ are ok with some kind of an enrollment cap being part of a compromise.

How Charette ‘BCS Ideas’ were streamlined

BCS Ideas were collected at two charettes last month. Ms. Chaplick, the lead MIG public engagement consultant, explained that they decided not to cull any ideas. All they did was try to reduce the redundancies.  They did not rank ideas by popularity or mentions in any way.  Instead they organized ideas into 6 groups for a total of 56 ideas.  Lalahpolitico:  That seems very fair. But it sure was a tedious voting process on Nov. 1.


No charette ideas were culled. All were included, just with redundancies reduced. Lalahpolitico: Even ideas that are illegal or unaffordable are included.


For each of the 56 BCS ideas, Ms. Chaplick took from 2 to 3 minutes to allow participants to use their clicker to vote — A) fully support … to E) not support at all or  F) abstain. Lalahpolitico: You can see from this .pdf   – which includes most of the voting results – that bullet voting by both ‘sides’ prevailed.

Late attendees were allowed to register and vote.  Total votes at the beginning were 203…but by an hour into the voting, had grown to 231.  So on Nov. 4 go late if you have to.

Nearly Full Voting Results of Nov. 1, 2019 Workshop.

Lalah missed collecting a few votes. You can also use this same .pdf as a voting guide as you go  PREPARE to Monday, Nov. 4  Workshop, 6:30pm sign in, 7pm start at Blach Multipurpose Room.  There is a right hand column in the .pdf where you can pencil in your  choice, A B C D E F.  Lalah is not telling you how to vote.

The Nov. 1 vote on ‘MOVE EGAN’

Voting along 'party lines' 30% voted to move Egan to the 10th site, while 62% opposed

Here is the idea that started all the commotion last fall – Move Egan to 10th site. Voting along ‘party lines,’ 30% voted to move Egan to the 10th site, while 62% opposed – Voting Results of Nov. 1, 2019 Workshop

If you voted on Nov.1, please do not show up on Monday Nov.4  to vote again!


The MIG consultant will probably be getting the final results to the LASD board pretty quick.  The data collection is automated because of the clickers.  All they have to do is run the data through a cross-tabs program and pretty that up.  MIG expects to crosstab the voting by age and by children enrolled at LASD/BCS/both, etc.

Will there be results that jump out from the upcoming MIG analysis of the all the votes? Lalah: besides the total polarization of the vote! Perhaps detestation of ‘sharing.’? Perhaps hypocrisy about segregating the NEC students?

“It’s bad to segregate NEC students in a LASD run neighborhood  school, but it’s fine to segregate NEC students in a BCS school with a NEC geographic preference.” – Lalahpolitico asks is this hypocrisy?

LASD will likely share the MIG consultant’s final results quite promptly with BCS.  BCS board members have been invited to observe at the charettes and workshops.  Lalah saw BCS board members Joe Hurd and Andrea Eyrling at the Nov. 1 Egan workshop.


Los Altos Politico Previous PostBullet voting expected at workshops

Voting Results of Nov. 1, 2019 Workshop, and prep for Nov. 4 workshop

Activist Anti-charter group’s LASD voting guide here   – evidence of intentional bullet voting

Official LASD page of Community Ideas for Workshop revised.pdf  – prep for Nov. 4 workshop

Lalah has corrected a page from LASD Workshop info pack.  LASD’s reporting of the size of Covington is misleading. Including the administration, there are 15.4 acres of LASD owned land.  Previous City Councils of Los Altos have been willing to consider school use of the 3.0 acre Rosita Park during the day. That would be 18. 4 acres total.

Note that Covington is 15 acres when the administration offices are moved…such as to Egan School. And Covington is 18 acres if an agreement is struck with the City for use of Rosita for Phys Ed  during the school day. Past city councils were supportive of the idea.


About the author


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 several years.