Mountain View Voice

News - July 27, 2012

Community Briefs

City hires new head of community services

J.P. de la Montaigne has been tapped to oversee the city's Community Services Department.

As community services director, de la Montaigne is responsible for city divisions including Performing Arts, Shoreline at Mountain View, Parks, Recreation, Forestry and Roadway Landscape, and Administration. His duties include managing activities and programs at city sites such as Shoreline, supervising the upkeep of Stevens Creek Trail and maintaining Mountain View's parks, roads and trees.

"The facilities we have are first-class, the programs we offer are well-received by the citizens and the staff are professional," de la Montaigne said. "I don't see anything as being broken. My first few months is just to learn the whole operation."

City Manager Dan Rich said he was encouraged by de la Montaigne's 30 years of experience in various community services divisions, including his previous post as community services director in Peoria, Ariz. and as the manager of Shoreline Park and golf course for one year.

Mountain View's previous community services director retired. Rich has also appointed Regina Maurantonio as new the assistant director.

De la Montaigne will have an annual salary of $165,000 and report to the city manager.

—Emily Efland

Bullis, LASD still at odds

The latest exchange of legal volleys between Bullis Charter School and the Los Altos School District came this month in the form of two separate court filings — each one contradicting the other.

On July 3, lawyers with Bullis filed a motion "to compel compliance with judgment and writ" against the school district. In lay terms, the motion is essentially a legal action intended to push the school district to cooperate with the charter by agreeing to provide an entire campus to the district by the 2013-14 school year and by immediately conferring with Bullis "in good faith to provide additional facilities at the Egan (Middle School) location," where Bullis plans to run its program in the 2012-13 school year.

LASD's lawyers fired back on July 24, filing a motion calling on the court to deny the Bullis motion. The district's lawyers argued that the charter school already has more than enough. "BCS's request to order the closure of a district school has no support in the law," district officials said in a July 24 press release.

Ken Moore, chair of the Bullis board of directors, said that district lawyers were simply trying to block the charter from getting what it is legally entitled to — throwing "everything but the kitchen sink" into their legal arguments and "seeing what sticks."

A representative from the Los Altos School District could not be reached for comment.

Representatives from Bullis and LASD will appear in court once again on Aug. 15 in a hearing before Judge Patricia M. Lucas.

—Nick Veronin

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