PUBLIC AGENDA: Comp Plan adoption; board-term limits


A preview of Palo Alto government meetings for the week of Nov. 13.

CITY COUNCIL ... The council plans to appoint members to the Architectural Review Board, Historic Resources Board and the Planning and Transportation Commission and consider adopting the updated Comprehensive Plan and its accompanying Environmental Impact Report. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 13, in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. View the full agenda here.

COUNCIL POLICY AND SERVICES COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to discuss the council's legislative priorities for 2018; consider permitting and regulations for bike-share operators; and discuss the City Auditor's recommendations for the Community Services Department fee schedule. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14, in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. View the full agenda here.

BOARD OF EDUCATION .. The board will discuss its Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), student data on A-G college requirements, the search for a new superintendent, a proposal to limit board member terms and draft a response to the county's draft environmental impact report on Stanford University's proposed general use permit (GUP). The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the district office, 25 Churchill Ave. View the full agenda here.

CITY/SCHOOL LIAISON COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to meet at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, in the district office, 25 Churchill Ave. View the full agenda here.

PUBLIC ART COMMISSION ... The commission plans to review the proposed art for Bowman School at 693/689 Arastradero Road; consider recommendations for deaccession of Digital DNA and Go Mama sculptures; consider artistic designs for a bike boulevards pilot project; consider approving Amy Landesbert as the artist for the downtown parking garage project; and consider approving the artwork design concept by Charles Sowers for the Junior Museum and Zoo expansion project. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, in the Community Meeting Room at City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave. View the full agenda here.

BOARD POLICY REVIEW COMMITTEE ... The committee plans to meet at 8:30 a.m. on Friday Nov. 17, in the district office, 25 Churchill Ave., Room A. View the full agenda here.

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Posted by Superintendent Search - PAUSD
a resident of Downtown North
on Nov 10, 2017 at 3:12 pm


NO, NO NO to PAUSD Board of Education Proposal to use McPherson & Jacobson, L.L.C.! It is the search firm of the California School Board Association (CSBA), which brought so many problems and the "US vs. Them Board" of the past several years.

From the Board of Education Agenda Report - "The California School Board Association has selected McPherson & Jacobson, L.L.C. to represent them in conducting superintendent searches in California." "Web Link

CSBA does much good work, but is also a lobbying entity involved with many of PAUSD's disastor's, especially bullying and OCR findings. The current CSBA Counsel was sanctioned for ethical violations and misleading the judge in a case she fought against a disabled student. She was reproved by the Bar Association and put on probation.
From the State Bar's finding says "... respondent sought to mislead a judge, judicial officer, or jury by an artifice or false statement of fact or law, wilful violation of rule 5-20003) of the Rules of Professional Conduct" and "..the court found that respondent had "seriously mischaraeterized the law". Web Link

CSBA is closely affiliated with the two law firms, Fagen Friedman Fulfrost (FFF) and Lazano Smith, which PAUSD used who ran up high bills and allowed the bullying, OCR, sexual harassment, and attacks on families of disabled students. The judge above also sanctioned Lazano Smith and ordered his entire firm to undergo ethics training. A group of these lawyers left Lozano and rebranded themselves as FFF. PAUSD hired FFF without an RFP and so continued with the same lawyers from the same firm under a new name.

Board Members said on the dias they became anti OCR when FFF presented at CSBA events warning the OCR was a great danger. The Board member didn't seem to get FFF wanted it's business, and had to create a sense of fear and need to hire and re-hire it. The CSBA web site still prominently advertises FFF and Lazano Smith. We don't need a continuation of the "Us vs. Them" policies of the CSBA and their attorneys. PAUSD needs a fresh start and completely unbiased Superintendent search.

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