From barnyard to butcher shop WEEKEND | 21 AUGUST 8, 2014 VOLUME 22, NO. 28 www.MountainViewOnline.com 650.964.6300 MOVIES | 24 County moves ahead with plan to house border kids VIGIL HELD IN DOWNTOWN MOUNTAIN VIEW TO SUPPORT CENTRAL AMERICAN CHILDREN By Daniel DeBolt A NATALIA NAZAROVA The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset inspired a number of apps, including this one using a tablet computer for virtual reality game play. Apps to change world, have fun at Y Combinator hackathon By Daniel DeBolt M ountain View startup incubator Y Combinator held a hackathon over the weekend, where a teenager beat out 400 other hackers for a chance to get his app funded. Software developers from around the world descended on Y Combinator’s Pioneer Way headquarters over the weekend to put their skills and ideas to the test. Top prize was an interview with folks at Y Combinator that might lead to $120,000 in funding, plus support to help make the product ready for a pitch to venture capitalists. Y Combinator has funded over 700 startups this way since 2005, and company representatives say the successful ones are now worth a total of over $30 billion. Starting Saturday at noon, numerous teams and indi- plan that could allow local residents to house dozens of the Central American children stuck at the United States border got some preliminary support from the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, and spurred a silent vigil in downtown Mountain View. Supervisors on Aug. 5 voted 4-1 to have county administrators iron out a program allowing “host families” to take in the children temporarily. The much-publicized situation of unaccompanied minors attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border spurred 100 members of St. Joseph church to hold a silent vigil in downtown Mountain View on the evening of Friday, Aug. 1. “A lot of people are pro-life — this is a pro-life issue,” said church member and longtime community organizer Sylvia Villasenor. “They do need care and they will need education — they are children.” It is unclear how many of the children could be helped in Santa Clara County under the “modest” proposal board members supported on Aug. 5, said Supervisor Joe Simitian, Mountain View’s representative on the board, in a phone interview. There could be anywhere from 25 to 100 homes involved, he said. “I think the honest answer is we don’t know yet,” Simitian said. See BORDER KIDS, page 14 See Y COMBINATOR, page 13 New candidates emerge for high school board NUMBER OF PEOPLE RUNNING SPIKES IN LAST WEEK OF FILING PERIOD By Kevin Forestieri W hat looked like a quiet election may turn out to be a tight race for the Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District School Board this November. As of Aug. 5, seven people have joined the race for the three open seats. The group includes incumbents Joe Mitchner, Debbie INSIDE Joe Mitchner Dana Bunnett Torok and Judy Hannemann, and all have either pulled or filed candidacy papers with the county. Candidates include Fiona Walter, a former Mountain View Whisman School District board member, and Dana Bunnett, director of a Fiona Walter c ou nt y-w id e child advocacy organization. Doug Moore, a parent of See CANDIDATES, page 15 VIEWPOINT 16 | GOINGS ON 26 | MARKETPLACE 27 | REAL ESTATE 30 DANIEL DEBOLT A silent vigil for the plight of unaccompanied children caught at the U.S. border was held at St. Joseph Church last Friday.