TO: HONORABLE MAYOR & CITY COUNCIL
FROM: CITY MANAGER
DATE: MARCH 7, 2006
SUBJECT: EASTVIEW SCHOOL DISTRICT BOUNDARY
Attachment: (Information provided by Council Member Gardiner) - PDF
Consider directing city staff to work with appropriate staff from the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District and the Los Angeles Unified School District to identify issues, and potential resolution of those issues, in regard to revising school district boundaries to include the Eastview neighborhood in the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District.
At their meeting on January 17, 2006, the City Council directed the City Attorney to prepare draft legislation that would place the residential portions of the Rancho Palos Verdes Eastview area in the Palos Verdes Unified School District boundaries, without transferring the two LAUSD schools to PVPUSD, and to submit the draft language to Assemblymember Betty Karnette by January 27, 2006.
On February 4, 2006 the City Council established goals for 2006. Those goals included support of a plan to bring the Eastview neighborhood into the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District. The milestones adopted by the Council included:
1. By February 4, 2006, appoint a City Council Ad Hoc Committee to meet with similar committees of the PVPUSD and the LAUSD.
2. By February 15, 2006, prepare letters to the PVPUSD and the LAUSD requesting to meet with them to identify and resolve issues related to the boundary change.
3. Advocate and pursue state legislation during the 2006 legislative session that would revise District boundaries.
At their meeting of February 4, 2006, Mayor Wolowicz and Councilman Gardiner were appointed to the Ad Hoc Committee to meet with representatives of the PVPUSD and the LAUSD.
On January 24, 2006, the City Attorney completed the preparation of a draft legislative bill in accordance with the directions from the City Council. The bill was submitted to Assemblymember Karnette’s office with the understanding that Assemblymember Karnette had not agreed to carry the legislation (or not carry it), but as a courtesy to us would submit it to the Legislative Counsel’s office prior to the deadline for 2006 legislative bills.
On February 24, 2006 the Daily Breeze quoted Assemblymember Karnette’s office as saying that, at least for this session, the issue would be “dead on arrival” unless all local parties agreed on a boundary adjustment.
Education Code 35700
Should the City Council wish to address Assemblymember Karnette’s statement that the school boundary issue needs the agreement of all local parties, they may wish to re-start the process with identification of the issues and an attempt to resolve them through discussions with the two school districts. If the two school districts agreed that redistricting was appropriate, Education Code 35700 sets out a process through which a transfer of territory can occur by petition of the majority of the members of the two School Boards. An explanation of the pertinent Education Code Sections and a Flowchart are attached. This Education Code information was obtained from an April 2003 staff report to the PVPUSD Board of Education.
School Board Positions
The PVPUSD Board had a consistent record of support for bringing Eastview into their district beginning in 1983 and continuing through 2003. On April 3, 2003 the Board directed the Superintendent to enter into negotiations with LAUSD to negotiate a transfer of the Eastview territory. On April 24, 2003, the Superintendent reported that he was working with LAUSD to negotiate a transfer of Eastview Territory into PVPUSD. Staff has not been able to find a record of the results of this negotiation.
A staff level discussion with Superintendent Toibin last week indicated that his present concerns over a transfer of territory from LAUSD to PVPUSD included: 1) Bonded indebtedness; 2) Special Education Students; 3) Logistics such as adequate classroom space and transportation of students. His recommendations to the Board of Education on any transfer of territory must include a resolution of these issues.
Mayor Wolowicz has spoken to LAUSD Board of Education Member Mike Lansing who has agreed to meet with the Council Ad Hoc Committee to surface the issues that LAUSD would deem significant.
In 1983 the unincorporated area of Eastview was annexed to the City of Rancho Palos Verdes, but there were no changes made to school district boundaries and Eastview remained in the Los Angeles Unified School District. During the years 1983, through at least 1995, the LAUSD opposed all attempts of the PVPUSD to revise its District boundaries to include Eastview. In 1991 the entire Board of Education for PVPUSD signed Resolution 16 supporting the territory transfer for the Eastview area from LAUSD to PVPUSD. PVPUSD was successful in using the school district reorganization process that included an election where 84% of the Eastview residents approved the transfer. However, the process failed when the courts determined that the election was invalid since it did not include residents of the LAUSD. Ultimately, of course, SB 1681 made Eastview an optional attendance area in 1999. For more details of the actions that are summarized in this paragraph refer to the Test Claim before the Commission on State Mandates which is attached.
Attachments: Process for Transfer of Territory (EC 35700)
PVPUSD Board of Education Meeting Minutes (excerpt) April 24, 2003
PVPUSD Board of Education Meeting Minutes (excerpt) April 3, 2003
Test Claim Before the Commission on State Mandates