1. Here is about 30 minutes of audio synced with slides and photos of speakers on May 7 when Doug Smith made his presentation about the mediated Tentative Long Term Agreement between LASD and BCS.

    The facts have been published widely in our Los Altos papers. Here you can hear the nuance of delivery. We believe the LASD board is sincere about this mediated agreement. They are chastened by the poor polling of their proposed November 2012 bond. Besides the 10 minutes of Smith's presentation, there are two speakers, as well as comments from all LASD board members. All of the board seems ready to move on from litigation. They ask for community conciliation

    Mark Goines speaks to those who want to continue the legal struggle.

    Mark Goines closing remarks, " Why not defend the offer we made? [ 2012-13 for Black and Egan]. Until we have an agreement signed, that IS the offer. And if we don't get an agreement, that is what we will do. We are committed to that as a board. And so we may well end up on that path, but I am not at all suggesting that is the path we should be on. I want to have no further board action on this case. I WANT PEACE. I think we are there or about there. With your help and support, I think we'll get there. So thank you for your attention."

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  2. Dave Cortright, candidate and Grace Mah, incumbent, speak at the League of Women Voters' Forum the evening of Oct. 10, 2012 at Crittendon Jr. High in Mountain View. Vote for 1 of these 2 for Area #1 Board trustee, Santa Clara County Board of Education. Pressed for time? See Q3, Q10, Q11.


    00:15 seconds - end of title
    Moderator – Jeannie Conners - Explains Process

    Grace Mah
    Dave Cortright

    6:50 six minutes and 50 seconds
    Q1. Please describe County Board interactions with local school boards and services the county provides to their local districts?

    Q2. How would you evaluate and prioritize “achievement gap” when making a decision on a charter school?

    Q3. With the trend to more school choice, what do you consider the role of public schools?

    Q4. Many individuals must work together bringing varying and sometimes opposing viewpoints. Can you give an example of how you managed this in the past?

    Q5. The association for charter authorizers help authorizing agencies learn how to better scrutinize charter applications and charter renewals for quality and propriety. Would you support this training for all Santa Clara County Board of Education members so they can do a better job a reviewing charter applications and renewals?

    Q6. Would you consider consolidating the Los Altos School District and Mountain View-Whisman District which both feed into the Los Altos Mountain View High School District?

    Q7. What do you as an Area #1 trustee propose to help achieve San Jose 2020? [sic an achievement gap narrowing initiative]

    Q8. How would help each of the districts in the county use social media to increase 2-way communication between a district and their parent and larger community?

    [ both candidates misheard the question, and spoke about use of social media in the classroom]

    Q9.. Can you describe your experiences helping in the community?

    Q 10. Can you describe 3 other initiatives – other than the charter school – that you would wish to promote as a school board member?

    Q. 11 As you know, the Los Altos and Los Altos Hills communities are torn over the current situation between Bullis Charter School and Los Altos School District. What do you see as the role of the SCCBoE in resolving this?

    39:00 Cortright on County role… helping find facilities….helping with mediation
    40:00 Mah on County role… can only oversee BCS…Bullis had practices, but has changed…Facilities? Board has no property…Mediation? Our attempt came along way, collapsed in last stretch….Healing at Los Altos Methodist…


    42:25 – Grace Mah

    43:25 – Dave Cortright

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