LASD Trustee Vladamir Ivanovich’s remarks Sept. 10, 2018

September 15, 2018

Audio Summary:
Trustee Ivanovich's remarks at the board meeting...'I have many BCS parents as friends...every charter child costs the district $4000...there will be from half a school to 1 1/2 school of NEW students in NEC within 20 years...Margaret Abe-Koga violated norms when she introduced the idea to move Egan...All this noise in the community about being fiscally conservative is just BCS trying to prevent us from buying the 10th site so it will not be possible to put BCS on it.  They are being so secretive.'  About 3 minutes.

Notice:
I present the LASD Trustees remarks -- probably scripted and rehearsed --  in toto so you can hear them unfiltered for yourself. Lalahpolitico is so disappointed that in reaction to the tough mediated negotiations going on to the renew the five-year agreement between BCS and LASD,  the District is 'leaking' and has decided to engage in ugly, divisive, misleading, and sometimes flat-out untrue propaganda.

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LASD Bryan Johnson’s remarks Sept. 10, 2018

September 15, 2018

Audio Summary: Trustee Johnson's remarks at the board meeting...'Why does  BCS [ aka the confidential 5-year agreement negotiation team] say a brand new facility 1/2 mile from the charter unthinkable? Why do BCS negotiators on that team say [in confidence] that would like to grow to 1800?  Why is this BCS unwilling to move to Kohls, yet some BCS individuals are willing to start a new charter school there?  They are so untransparent.' About 3 minutes.

Lalahpolitico: And why is Bryan Johnson leaking these private BCS remarks, violating the mediated negotiations agreement. In contrast... Why is the LASD so secretive about the details of its deal with Federal Realty Trust for Kohls...How much is it going to cost really? Oh yeah, that particular FRT negotiation, but not the BCS one,  is the only negotiation the District thinks needs to remain private!

Notice:
I present the LASD Trustees remarks -- probably scripted and rehearsed --  in toto so you can hear them unfiltered for yourself. Lalahpolitico is so disappointed that in reaction to the tough mediated negotiations going on to the renew the five-year agreement between BCS and LASD,  the District is 'leaking' and has decided to engage in ugly, divisive, misleading, and sometimes flat-out untrue propaganda.

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LASD Trustee Sangeeth Peruri’s remarks Sept. 10, 2018

September 15, 2018

Audio Summary: Trustee Peruri's divisive remarks at the board meeting...'It is regrettable that the years of great cooperation between Lasd and BCS seem to be over. They told the demographer their growth plans, and now we asked them to present them to us. But they won't. So secretive and untransparent. There are dire effects on District families and on BCS families of this 'unplanned' growth.  special needs...costs of reconfiguring schools...2-3 schools will close... '  About 6 minutes.

Notice:
I present the LASD Trustees remarks -- probably scripted and rehearsed --  in toto so you can hear them unfiltered for yourself. Lalahpolitico is so disappointed that in reaction to the tough mediated negotiations going on to the renew the five-year agreement between BCS and LASD,  the District is 'leaking' and has decided to engage in ugly, divisive, misleading, and sometimes flat-out untrue propaganda.

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LASD Trustee Jessica Speiser’s remarks Sept. 10, 2018

September 15, 2018

Audio Summary: Trustee Speiser's remarks at the board meeting...'Along with Shali Sirkay I marketed Measure N with the number #1 emphasis on a solution to the 10 schools on 9 sites issue...to get a permanent home for BCS...any bond leftovers would go to the other schools. It is so disappointing BCS won't discuss their growth plan. Did we try to talk to BCS about this?  There was a letter?'  About 3 minutes.

Notice:
I present the LASD Trustees remarks -- probably scripted and rehearsed --  in toto so you can hear them unfiltered for yourself. Lalahpolitico is so disappointed that in reaction to the tough mediated negotiations going on to the renew the five-year agreement between BCS and LASD,  the District is 'leaking' and has decided to engage in ugly, divisive, misleading, and sometimes flat-out untrue propaganda.

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LASD Trustee Steve Taglio on BCS Growth Sept.10, 2018

September 15, 2018

Audio Summary: Trustee Taglio's remarks at the board meeting... 'Measure N was supposed to solve the issue of 10 schools on 9 sites...I can't afford to run 10 District Schools...given that I can't change the structure of the 9 schools, the only thing I can move is the Charter.'  About 2 minutes.

Notice:
I present the LASD Trustees remarks -- probably scripted and rehearsed --  in toto so you can hear them unfiltered for yourself. Lalahpolitico is so disappointed that in reaction to the tough mediated negotiations going on to the renew the five-year agreement between BCS and LASD,  the District is 'leaking' and has decided to engage in ugly, divisive, misleading, and sometimes flat-out untrue propaganda.

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Hear the Community Discussion about a New Los Altos Library Building and Bond Measure

September 11, 2018

Highlights of the Sept. 7, 2018 meeting hosted by the Community Coalition of Los Altos, CA, about the local effort to build a brand new Los Altos Library building on the footprint where the current one stands today.

Nancy Iwamoto, our Head Librarian at the Los Altos branch of SCCL,  spoke for about 30 minutes about the history of library facilities in Los Altos, about the current library programs at the main library and about gaps in programs and facilities at the main library.

Cindy Hill, a community volunteer, spoke for about 30 minutes about the research the “New Library” committee has conducted over the past year. A couple of months ago the group hired Godbe Research to test a potential bond measure to pay for a new library. The volunteer group feels ‘optimistic’ because 60% were supportive without any ‘educating’ of the voters about the library needs.

The audiotape of the meeting includes lots of audience input and Q&A.

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Lasd 10th Site Task Force, 08/272018 Part1

August 31, 2018

In the first hour of the 2 part meeting, there was a public comment from a spokesperson representing about 100 Almond parents.  They are opposing the idea of moving Egan Jr. High to the Kohls site. Then Task Force members reintroduced themselves to each other.  There had been a 2-month gap from the prior meeting. There was a tense discussion of whether a District neighborhood school on the 10th site would be "equitable." There was a difference of opinion about whether there was better data on equity available than what had been presented by the District. Then, for the bulk of the first hour, Superintendent for Business, Randy Kenyon, presented some architectural renderings of possible 900 student school layouts on the Kohl site. He answered several clarifying questions asked by the members.

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Lasd 10th Site Task Force, 08/272018 Part2

August 31, 2018

In the second half of the public meeting Manny Barbera asked member to ask any remaining questions , to advocate for specific option - neighborhood school, charter school, Egan Jr. high move, then to vote, then to comment on the vote.  Five of eight in attendance voted to site the charter.  Hardly the consensus the District trustees had hoped for.  As a second choice, 7 of 8 voted for a neighborhood school

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