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Opinion - December 1, 2017

Letters to the editor

Make new campus a neighborhood school

An open letter to the Mountain View City Council: I find it admirable that the city of Mountain View is willing to help fund and negotiate a tenth school site for the Los Altos School District, with up to $100 million dollars in park and TDR funds and no requirements as to which student population the site would be used for.

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.

Nancy Bremeau

Los Altos

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.

Job Lopez

McCarty Avenue

Comments

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Posted by Cassie
a resident of The Crossings
on Dec 8, 2017 at 10:01 pm

If LASD pursues 8.6 acres at the Old Safeway site for BCS, good luck. It will be a mess. 8.6 acres does not meet Prop 39 requirements to house 900 students. It would be nice if LASD would be realistic about that and MVCC would require that a smaller school for neighborhood kids be built. But being sensible is never part of the equation with LASD trustees (former and current). It will cost everyone much more money than Measure N at the end of the day (decade). Sad. Hopefully, MVCC can make this right.


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Posted by Stalling Tactic
a resident of another community
on Dec 8, 2017 at 11:18 pm

I don't think LASD is honestly interested in this land. They surely know the current owner is about to break ground on a project which is almost through the city approval process. They have incurred big costs in keeping the property empty to prepare for the development. LASD thinks they can swoop in at the last minute and pay only for the current land value, without addressing the costs already incurred. They're in for a big cost when the owners take them to court. They must know something like this.

The have published data which says they have barely found interest for 598,000 feet of TDR's and the cost is the minimum $130 per foot. Nothing binding has been signed. So LASD would be taking a risk on this. They could end up with the land, but a huge monster bill leaving them no construction funding. Their arguments about why they need to do eminent domain on this land are very very weak. They argue that the want SMALL schools, but they have laid no grounds that says the small schools need to be spaced apart. They have plenty of land if they build 2 schools side by side on spearate 6 to 8 acre sites within one of their 3 monster land parcels of 20 acres or so. At Covington with the city park (part of their plans for MV design to get funding), the combined site is 22 acres of land, so they could build 3 7 acre schools in principle by judicious design (overlap 2 of them to each use 3 acres of the park for recreation space, but buildings on the district owned land).

They've made no test of busing, not purpose built trials of 2 schools on one site with good facilities. The only issues with the 2 schools at Egan and 2 schools at Blach have been related to the slap dash haphazard design of the added school.


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