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Regional Indian cuisine still shines WEEKEND | 20 AUGUST 1, 2014 VOLUME 22, NO. 27 650.964.6300 MOVIES | 23 Last stop for Evelyn light rail station? VTA PROPOSES CLOSURE OF MOUNTAIN VIEW’S LEAST-USED STATION By Daniel DeBolt O n Aug. 7, Valley Transportation Authority board members will vote on whether to close Mountain View’s Evelyn Avenue light rail station — said to be the second least-popular station in the entire light rail system. The move to demolish the station is proposed as part of a $63 million plan. The Evelyn station stands directly in the way of a plan to run a second light rail track into downtown Mountain View, as VTA officials say the existing single track is a bottle- neck preventing more frequent and reliable service. Trains currently run every 15 minutes during rush hour, and officials have talked about running trains every 7 minutes. While it may mean faster service for a trolley that has often been criticized for being slow and inconvenient, not everyone will be pleased to lose the Evelyn station. It serves only 94 people a day. For comparison, the downtown light rail station serves 1,386 people daily. “It’s going to be terrible,” said See LIGHT RAIL, page 9 LASD, Bullis pass five-year agreement FOCUS SHIFTS TO $150 MILLION BOND MEASURE TO FIND NEW CAMPUS, FACILITIES IN LOS ALTOS DISTRICT By Kevin Forestieri A fter a marathon mediation meeting that ended at 4 a.m., both the Los Altos School District and Bullis Charter School boards voted unanimously at a July 28 special meeting to approve the five-year agreement between the school district and the charter school — ending years of litigation during which millions of dollars were spent on legal fees. Los Altos School District board members said they were able to hammer out the final details of the agreement in the early morning hours prior to the meeting. Board president Tamara Logan said there were some tweaks to the language of the agreement, INSIDE including a change to some enrollment numbers, but nothing major. Logan said the Bullis Charter School board voted 7-0 to approve the agreement at around 11:32 p.m. Monday night after a lengthy closed session meeting. “I’m relieved and excited,” said district board member Doug Smith. “I think the agreement gives us a great tailwind going into discussions about the bond.” During public comments prior to the decision, LASD parent Sangeeth Peruri said he was grateful that the board spent so much time and effort to get the agreement done in time for the meeting. See LASD, page 15 NATALIA NAZAROVA The lightly used Evelyn Avenue light rail station is facing closure so the VTA can add a second track through Mountain View. Candidates join City Council race COMMISSIONER ELLEN KAMEI HAS DEEP ROOTS IN MOUNTAIN VIEW ATTORNEY MERCEDES SALEM SAYS SHE’LL REPRESENT RENTERS JOBS-HOUSING BALANCE IS KEY, COMMISSIONER GREG UNANGST SAYS By Daniel DeBolt By Daniel DeBolt By Daniel DeBolt nvironmental planning commissioner and thirdgeneration Mountain View resident Ellen Kamei has kicked off her campaign for City Council, joining a field of nine other declared candidates for three open seats. Kamei, 30, is a policy aide for Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian. Her Ellen Kamei grandparents ran the Kamei flower nursery in what is now part of the Waverly Park neigh- oncern for Mountain View’s middle class families struggling to pay increasing rents has inspired Mountain View resident and family law attorney Mercedes Salem to run for City Council. “I have people in my apartment complex who are Stanford (employees) and they find it hard to Mercedes Salem make it,” Salem said. “I want to help make the residents of Mountain View ountain View resident Greg Unangst is aiming to spend a good bit of his retirement as a Mountain View City Council member after becoming involved in the city’s Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee and the Campaign for a Balanced Mountain View. Unangst, 68, is a retired Lockheed engi- Greg Unangst neer and a Vietnam War veteran, a decorated Army commander who returned E See KAMEI, page 11 VIEWPOINT 18 | GOINGS ON 25 | MARKETPLACE 26 | REAL ESTATE 28 C See SALEM, page 11 M See UNANGST, page 10

Mountain View Voice August 1, 2014

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