As a LASD parent who is helping to fund the LASD portion of the equation (via Measure N tax dollars), I am asking something of you: Please make sure to stipulate that LASD uses any land it acquires in the North El Camino area to create a neighborhood school for the North El Camino Mountain View kids.
LASD prides itself, and indeed is based on the principle of providing a neighborhood school for all its students, yet somehow the Mountain View students, who make up almost 30 percent of LASD K-8, have never had a neighborhood school.
Los Altos and Mountain View parents and taxpayers want to know that LASD is acquiring land and building a school for the long-overlooked Mountain View NEC student population, which for many years has been shuttled to various schools within Los Altos boundaries. If instead, LASD builds a new K-8 campus for Bullis Charter School in the NEC area, the inequity to the NEC kids will continue.
The only growing student populations within LASD are the NEC students and the Bullis students. Let's make sure the NEC students finally have a neighborhood school of their own. If LASD can accomplish that, it can surely free up space at one of its existing sites to create a campus for Bullis.
Another view of RVs and homeless
Peter Kuykendall's letter (Voice, Nov. 24) does not make sense. He complains, saying that homeowners in Mountain View have been left behind in the discussion about RVs, in spite of them paying thousands of dollars a year in property taxes for the privilege of owning a home, and he will not be able to just move his home to another area in the city if his neighborhood starts filling up with RVs (serving as housing).
Mr. Kuykendall does not realize how lucky he is by owning a home and therefore being able to enjoy all the benefits that come with it even though he has to pay thousands of dollars in property taxes, but he criticizes the homeless when they say it is very hard for them to pay an $80 ticket. He does not realize they don't have the privilege of owning a home as he does. The fact of having to live in an RV is already a very stressful situation and a vivid sign of not being able to afford an apartment to satisfy some basic needs such as a shower and toilet.
And on top of that, having to pay an $80 ticket means not being able to buy food or other basic survival items.
I myself have the privilege of owning a home and I will not worry about not being able to move out if my neighborhood starts filling up with RVs because their occupants are human beings, my brothers, and sisters, a little less privileged than I.
I, and Mr. Kuykendall, and everyone else have the right to a privilege but also the obligation to sacrifice a little when needed, and the moral obligation of showing our solidarity with them in any way we can.
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