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For the Record - August 31, 2012

Community Briefs

Food trucks focus of survey

How much food truck regulation is necessary?

A new survey is being circulated by city officials to gauge the community's interest in the new food truck movement, and tests the waters for a set of food truck regulations that are in the works.

The survey at asks if the trucks need to have restrooms, garbage cans or hours of operation and if they should be allowed only in certain areas of the city, among other things.

The survey was spurred by concerns from code enforcement officers about food trucks that have begun to set up for extended periods in Mountain View and complaints from the "brick and mortar" restaurants the trucks compete with.

A meeting for residents to comment on the issue is set for Thursday, Sept. 20, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the plaza conference room at City Hall, 500 Castro St.

Bullis in court

Lawyers from Bullis Charter School and the Los Altos School District were scheduled to continue arguing their respective views Aug. 30 in the long and protracted legal battle over disagreements between the two educational organizations, an official with the charter school said.

A hearing on the matter before California Superior Court Judge Patricia Lucas had been scheduled for Aug. 15. However, the hearing date was postponed.

The new hearing was rescheduled for Aug. 30, at 1:30 p.m., at the Downtown Superior Court, located at 191 N. First St. in San Jose.

CSMA scam

The Community School of Music and Arts is warning locals to be aware that an imposter, falsely identifying himself (or herself) as a CSMA fundraiser, has been calling around asking for donations.

"We knew right away that it was bogus," CSMA spokesman John Williams said, referring to the scam.

Officials from the school investigated the matter, and to Williams' knowledge, no one has lost any money as a result of the fraud. However, he continued, the school wants to make sure the community knows about it. A warning has been prominently posted on the front page of the CSMA's website, and local media outlets have been advised.

The woman who alerted the CSMA of the scam said she had received a phone call earlier in the week from someone asking for a donation. "She was suspicious enough not be taken by it," Williams said. She declined to give the caller any information over the phone and called the Mountain View-based music and arts school to ask whether the pledge drive was legitimate.

Because the people contacted were not affiliated with the school in any way, Williams said, there is no reason to suspect that the CSMA database has been hacked.

According to Williams, CSMA's investigation turned up a phone number in connection with the fraudulent calls — 949-313-3622. Williams said that anyone who receives a call from that number ought to be suspicious.


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