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Eat, stroll, repeat WEEKEND | 17 JUNE 13, 2014 VOLUME 22, NO. 19 650.964.6300 MOVIES | 21 Los Altos grads defy characterization QUIRKY CLASS OF 2014 DOES NOT FIT THE MOLD By Kevin Forestieri P rincipal Wynne Satterwhite admitted defeat. She said she spent the last month trying to find a single narrative thread that captured the class of 2014 at Los Altos High School, and at the graduation ceremony on Friday, June 6, she told family and friends of the students that she couldn’t do it. There is no one way to describe these students. Satterwhite said the students have seemingly contradictory traits — like private extroverts — and draw inspiration from all over the place, quoting Einstein, MalFull colm X, Noam graduation Chomsky and coverage Forrest Gump. starts on “They have page 10. their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground, ready to leave this world better than they found it,” Satterwhite said. Satterwhite said she would include the late Maya Angelou as an honorary member of the class of 2014. She said Angelou defied characterization throughout her life, just like the class of 2014, and would have celebrated the See LOS ALTOS GRADS, page 12 MICHELLE LE Valeria Quintana watches as Gloria Carbajal fixes Estefani Gomez’s mortarboard as they prepare to graduate with the Los Altos High School class of 2014. Council weighs office, hotel proposals for Moffett Gateway By Daniel DeBolt O n Tuesday four developers sought the City Council’s favor to develop the cityowned Moffett Gateway property, presenting various ways to arrange hotel and office buildings on the 6.7-acre site on Moffett Boulevard at Highway 101. Developers wooed the city with fancy renderings and promises to bring in brand-name hoteliers, public amenities like park space, signature restaurants, longdesired conference and meeting rooms, environmentally friendly LEED silver buildings, bike sharing programs and bridges to the Stevens Creek Trail. Narrowed down from 12 initial proposals, all four included hotels, some Council places pay raise on November ballot By Daniel DeBolt A fter debating the issue in April, City Council members voted Tuesday to put a pay raise for themselves on the November ballot to see if it passes muster with voters. Council pay would increase from $600 a month to $1,000 a month, with annual adjustments INSIDE for inflation. In a 4-2 vote, council members Margaret Abe Koga and John Inks voted against the ballot measure, with Abe-Koga saying that council members should be paid based on how much time they actually spend on the job. Member John McAlister, who supported the raise in April, was absent. Council pay would still be with office space. The council met behind closed doors afterwards to discuss the proposals and will officially select a developer on June 24, said Alex Andrade, the city’s economic development director. Because of the city’s booming tech industry, “there’s a lot of travelers coming here with nowhere to stay — that’s the reality,” said Robert Olson, CEO of R.D. Olson, one of the prospective developers. Olson noted in his presentation that there is over 800,000 square feet of office being built in Mountain View and much more in the works. “Try to get a room tonight, it’s crazy,” he said. The city purchased the site several years ago for $9.5 million and last year the City Council agreed with the goal of leasing it to generate revenue for city services. City staff and their consultants do not recommend the site for housing, as it would not bring in as much revenue as hotel and office development and would suffer from freeway noise. “(Housing is) not appropriate lower than what voters approved for the council in 1984, which would equal $1,137 today if adjusted for inflation (the 1984 measure paid council members $500 a month). “In my opinion, what this is doing is restoring what voters approved 30 years ago,” said council member Mike Kasperzak. Unlike other city employees whose salaries tied to inflation, “We have gotten an annual decrease” in pay through decreased buying power, Kasperzak said. “It’s not a raise, it’s an adjustment.” Ronit Bryant switched her vote Tuesday, going from opposing the raise in April to saying she wanted to allow voters to decide. Bryant had originally made a case for the raise as a way to attract candidates who need to work for a living, and said, “I was opposed to this because I didn’t think moving to $1,000 is making a difference either, in terms of diversity” among council candidates. The proposed raise doesn’t allow a council member to say, “I’ll just work part time.” In April council members vot- ed 4-3 to pursue the raise. Members had expressed concerns that voters would not approve a proposal that would bring the salary to $1,200 a month, even though it would raise their effective hourly pay to only slightly above minimum wage. Council members told the Voice that they work an average of 30 hours a week, which comes out to $5 an hour at $600 a month, $8.33 at $1,000 a month and $10 at $1,200 a month. California’s minimum wage is $8 an hour and will rise to $9 on July 1. VIEWPOINT 16 | GOINGS ON 22 | MARKETPLACE 23 | REAL ESTATE 25 See MOFFETT, page 9 V

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