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LCUSD Sagebrush Timeline

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February 6, 2013 | Candidates for LCF City Council express support for the transfer of the Sagebrush territory from GUSD to LCUSD jurisdiction.
May 6, 2013 | Tom Smith, founder of Unite LCF, a La Canada citizens group in favor of the territory transfer, along with other Sagebrush residents, sent a letter to the LCF City Council “requesting the City’s support and endorsement of the realignment of the…western areas of the City into the La Canada Unified School District’s jurisdiction.”
June 3, 2013 | The LCF City Council adopted a resolution in support of the community’s request for the territory transfer.
June 18, 2013 | The LCSUD Governing Board discussed the territory transfer in open session at their regular board meeting for the first time. Board members reviewed the first draft of a resolution supporting the transfer. The Board anticipated voting on the resolution at their July meeting.
July 2, 2013 | Representative from LCUSD, Superintendent Sinnette and Board President Scott Tracy, and GUSD, Superintendent Sheehan and Board member Greg Krikorian, met for the first time.
July 9, 2013 | The LCUSD Governing Board decided to defer a vote on a resolution endorsing the territory transfer until August 6 to avoid contentiousness between the two school districts. The Board meeting saw a crowd of approximately 100 transfer supporters.
July 16, 2013 | GUSD Board members were officially briefed about the “territory transfer” at their regular board meeting.
July 23, 2013 | Representatives from both districts met for a second time. The districts met again for a third time sometime between July 23 and August 6.
August 6, 2013 | The LCUSD Governing Board unanimously approved a resolution endorsing the territory transfer.
August 13, 2013 | GUSD discussed the impacts of the proposed territory transfer during open session for the first time.
September 10, 2013 | The LCF City Council and LCUSD Governing Board host a town hall to provide history and facts about the transfer to residents in the group Unite LCF. Approximately 30 residents attended.
October 8, 2013 | Superintendent Sheehan met with Mountain Avenue Elementary School parents. Sheehan suggested the possibility of introducing Dual Immersion, STEM, or STEAM at the school.
October 15, 2013 | Both LCUSD and GUSD Governing Boards hold their regular meetings with Sagebrush on both agendas. LCUSD adopts a revised resolution in support of the territory transfer.
October 30, 2013 | All eight candidates for the LCUSD Governing Board express their support for the territory transfer at a candidates forum.
November 5, 2013 | David Sagal, Dan Jeffries, and Kaitzer Puglia are elected to the LCUSD Governing Board, replacing Scott Tracy, Susan Boyd, and Joel Peterson.
January 7, 2014 | The LCUSD Governing Board, now with three new members, readopted a resolution in support of the territory transfer. The new Board is equally supportive as the old Board.
February 18, 2014 | The La Canada Flintridge City Council discussed the price and terms of payment of the lot, commonly known as the Ocean View Park, in closed session.
March 4, 2014 | 68% of LCUSD voters voted to approve a $450 parcel tax. This parcel tax replaced the $150 parcel tax passed in 2009.
March 11, 2014 | GUSD published and presented its first report on the territory transfer at a Board meeting. The report said a phase in plan, enrollment and capacity issues at school facilities, bond obligations, and revenue and expenditure need to be reconciled in negotiations with LCUSD were GUSD to move forward with the territory transfer.
March 18, 2014 | LCUSD and GUSD jointly publish a FAQ document regarding the Sagebrush territory transfer.
March 25, 2014 | CVHS hosted a community forum regarding a potential territory transfer. Over 300 people attended the forum, which included residents from La Crescenta and La Canada.
April 15, 2014 | A new GUSD report detailed proposed terms of negotiation for GUSD, giving the public a first glimpse of what may potentially be won and lost by each district. At the time of the report, sale of the lot to the City of La Canada Flintridge, with at least six years of access to the pedestrian bridge, was still on the table. Also, Dr. Allison Deegan from the Los Angeles County Office of Education addressed the GUSD Governing Board about the County’s petition process for a territory transfer.
April 16, 2014 | Crescenta Valley Town Council approved a letter be sent to GUSD expressing their opposition to the territory transfer.
May 6, 2014 | In a third report on Sagebrush, GUSD indicated that it wants to keep indefinite access to the bridge and will, in the case of a territory, allow permissible boundaries for Fremont Elementary, in addition to Monte Vista Elementary.
May 20, 2014 | GUSD published a survey of 695 Sagebrush residents. The survey showed that 90% of Sagebrush residents surveyed would definitely or probably support the Sagebrush territory transfer. The survey had a 43% response rate, which statistically speaking is a very high rate of response.
June 3, 2014 | LCUSD published an update FAQ regarding Sagebrush.
June 17, 2014 | The GUSD Governing Board decided that the lot is non-negotiable.
July 8, 2014 | GUSD published and presented a revised report on the territory transfer. The Board, after a very heated debate, pulled the Sagebrush action item from the agenda. Board President announced her resignation from the Board of Education, effective August 31.
July 14, 2014 | GUSD published a revised FAQ without LCUSD input.
August 12, 2014 | GUSD Board meets with lawyers in closed session to discuss territory transfer.
August 26, 2014 | Dr. Sheehan provided an update to Mountain Avenue parents at Mountain Avenue Elementary School during a 30-minnute community forum. There were about 110 people in attendance.
September 2, 2014 | GUSD will revisit territory transfer in closed session, after receiving new information at their last meeting. The Board will also begin the appointment process to fill the vacancy left by outgoing president Mary Boger. The appointment process is expected to affect the territory transfer process.

All reports about the Sagebrush territory transfer can be found at either GUSD.net or LCUSD.net.

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