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Cheap eats First-rate lunches under eight bucks WEEKEND | 14 AUGUST 10, 2012 VOLUME 20, NO. 29 650.964.6300 MOVIES | 16 Candidates happy to limit spending CITY’S VOLUNTARY CAP FOR CITY COUNCIL RACE PROVES POPULAR By Daniel DeBolt S DANIEL DEBOLT Josephine Manoli points to a section of her backyard that she says could accommodate the historic Pearson house. A new home for the Pearson house? OWNER OF OLD FARM SAYS SHE HAS ROOM FOR HISTORIC HOUSE By Daniel DeBolt R etired VTA light rail driver Josephine Manoli says she has plenty of room in her backyard for the historic Pearson House, the 1880s home at 902 Villa St. which may otherwise be demolished to make way for an approved office building. The Pearson House could be a fitting addition to a collection of antiques and remnant buildings of what was once a large farm in the yard behind Manoli’s 1930s bungalow farmhouse at 1181 Bonita Ave. She said she paid $4,000 to have the property declared historic. “It seems stupid to let an offer like that go,” she said of devel- oper Roger Burnell’s offer to move the home from its downtown site. There may some technical difficulties in getting the home into the backyard, however. It would have to be brought down the driveway next door (a property she owns and rents) and it’s See PEARSON HOUSE, page 8 New blood for hospital district board TWO LOCALS TO CHALLENGE EL CAMINO DISTRICT’S INCUMBENTS By Nick Veronin T wo newcomers and two incumbents will run this November in an election to choose three members of the El Camino Hospital District’s board of directors. Dennis W. Chiu and Bill James have announced their candidacies in the race, while current board members John L. Zoglin and Wesley F. Alles have indicated INSIDE they plan to seek re-election. Uwe Kladde’s former seat — which has remained vacant since he resigned on May 15 — will also be on the ballot. A third possible challenger, Catherine Vonnegut, pulled papers, but told the Voice that she has decided not to run. Both Chiu and James said they would work to introduce much needed change to the hospital organization, while Zoglin and Alles each said their years of experience on the board and in the health care industry make them stronger candidates. “It’s a very complex environment, and having the expertise and experience is very important,” El Camino spokeswoman Chris Ernst said about the two incumbents. Dennis Chiu Chiu is a lawyer and the owner of the Sunnyvale-based VIEWPOINT 13 | GOINGS ON 18 | MARKETPLACE 19 | REAL ESTATE 22 ix candidates for City Council this year have agreed to limit their campaign expenses, a Mountain View tradition for which candidates say they are quite grateful. “It personally has been a relief to me to know other folks are abiding by it,” said second-time candidate and planning commissioner Chris Clark, of news that his five opponents plan to stay under the city’s voluntary campaign expenditure limit of $21,388 this year. “You know with a little bit of certainty what your competitors will or won’t do.” Since 2000, the city has had a voluntary expenditure limit (VEL), which asks candidates to pledge to a certain spending cap. Most candidates have, though a few did not in 2002. That changed in 2006 when the city began reimbursing over $2,000 in fees for candidates who agree not to spend more than a set amount on such items as mailers, campaign signs and newspaper ads. firm Prodigy Law. He said he is running because he believes the hospital has strayed from its original purDennis Chiu pose and he wants to get it back on track. “I’m concerned that there has been a change of vision at the hospital corporation level, where they’re moving away from their role as a community hospital to a model that is closer to a for-profit, money-making hospital, even though they are a non-profit,” “Since the new rule and economic incentive, people have kept their spending way down in the $10,000 to $15,000 range,” says Mayor Mike Kasperzak, an incumbent first elected in 1998. Candidates such as Greg Perry and Tom Means have won seats on council after spending less than $7,000 dollars. Candidates in other cities are known to spend much more, including Sunnyvale Mayor Anthony Spitaleri who spent $56,000 in his 2009 campaign. The tradition also means less influence by monied interests. “Especially first time candidates will feel they owe something to those folks,” Clark said of big campaign donors. “I don’t think your views are influenced or changed but I think you do feel some obligation. You want to prove yourself so they see they believed in you for a reason.” “Candidates spend more time talking about what they are doing rather than trying to outSee CAMPAIGN SPENDING, page 11 Chiu said. Echoing some of the questions recently raised by the Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury and Local Agency Formation Commission, Chiu said he was concerned with the way the two boards of El Camino Hospital are structured. With five members of the corporation board comprising the entirety of the district board, he said that conflicts of interest are inevitable. He questioned how it is possible for members who sit on both boards to make district decisions See HOSPITAL ELECTION, page 11

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