Viewpoint - December 14, 2011

Letter: Ladera asks for hard cap on school lease

On Dec. 14, the Las Lomitas Elementary School District governing board will decide whether or not to impose a binding limit of 325 students on the next long-term tenant of the former Ladera School.

An unambiguous, binding cap is the only way that Laderans can be assured that school traffic and parking are safe and do not grind our only two entry/exit streets to a halt every morning and afternoon.

At its November meeting, the board evaded including the cap, even though the district's representatives committed to doing so at a community meeting at the Ladera Recreation Center in October. This commitment was also covered by the Almanac in early November.

On Wednesday night, if the district does not include the 325-student cap as a binding and material term in their requirements of the successful bidder, the future tenant, along with the district, can be assured of one thing: Laderans will vigorously work to protect our neighborhood during every step of the county permitting process.

It would be far better to have clear, unambiguous terms in the lease bidding package. The only way to ensure that happens is for the board to include this in their resolution on Wednesday.

Lennie Roberts, co-chair, District Advisory Committee


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