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Kindergartner Nazli Cruz Sanchez embraces Castro Principal Judy Crates, who was not wearing a costume for Halloween. For the second year in a row, Castro students beat their peers by reading the most books over the summer break. As a reward, on Oct. 29 their principal flapped, clucked and delivered plastic eggs to her students while dressed as a bright yellow barnyard fowl. More photos by Michelle Le are on page 10.



student from Mountain View has been named the second-best “Mathlete” among all fifth-graders in the country by a national chain of math tutoring centers. Huff Elementary School student Nitin Kumar claimed a trophy, $750 in cash and other prizes for his strong showing in the second national Trimathlon Competition, hosted by Mathnasium Learning Centers. “At first I couldn’t believe it,” Nitin said, reflecting upon the


news of the competition’s results. “I was just really happy that I got second place.” Nitin’s father, Ashok Kumar, said he and his wife were elated to learn of their son’s accomplishment. “It feels great that he did so well, Nitin Kumar and we’re really proud of him.” According to Kumar, the nineyear-old Nitin loves math and

has “enjoyed figuring out complex problems ever since he was young.” Then again, Kumar added, his boy has proven adept at all things academic, so much so that he skipped a grade when he was 6. “He’s good at everything.” “I like math, because it’s a way to solve complex problems and it helps me get the answers to real life problems,” Nitin said. Kumar first read about the preliminary round of the competition in an article in the Voice. See MATH WHIZ, page 21


hen Mountain View voters head to the polls on Tuesday, they’ve got some big decisions to make in local races. On the crowded Nov. 6 ballot, a majority of the seven seats on the City Council are up for grabs, with only two incumbents in the race. After a tumultuous year, El Camino Hospital is facing a referendum of sorts, with three seats on its five-member district board of directors in the balance. Two incumbents are competing against three newcomers to keep their place on the board. The union-backed Measure M seeks to cap executive salaries at El Camino, something sure to lead to a legal battle if it passes. And the Mountain View Whisman School District is holding its first contested elections since 2004, with not a single incumbent in the race for three seats.

Inks, Clark are top spenders in council race

Expensive race for hospital board

By Andrea Gemmet

By Nick Veronin


evelopers, unions and advocacy groups are making their presence felt in the latest round of campaign contributions in the City Council race. According to the latest campaign finance reports, covering Oct. 1 through Oct. 20, Chris Clark is leading in fund-raising and spending so far, amassing a war chest that’s just under the city’s voluntary campaign expenditure limit of $21,388. Candidates who stay under the limit are See COUNCIL RACE, page 7


he race for three seats on the El Camino Hospital District’s board of directors is shaping up to be an expensive one, with all of the candidates — and their backers — spending big bucks. All together, non-incumbents Dennis Chiu, Bill James and Julia Miller have raised a total of $58,686 and spent $46,504, according to the most recent campaign finance reports filed with the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters. See HOSPITAL BOARD, page 18 EXPLORE THE NEW

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What’s the best way to sway an undecided voter? “To be honest, I’m leaning one way but I haven’t fully decided yet. I have to be honest and say that I have not paid nearly as much close attention to this campaign as I did four years ago. I feel like it’s not 100 percent clear to me how they’re distinctive. Kerry Vanderberg, Los Altos

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“I think it’s real important for people to realize that it’s not easy getting out of the mess we were in four years ago. It’s taken a long time and we’re still going in the right direction. If we decide to take a turn somewhere else right now, I just think it’s just going to take us right back downhill.”

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A local teenager was arrested after allegedly holding a group of 20-year-olds at gunpoint and robbing them of $600 cash and about four ounces of marijuana in the 500 block of Sylvan Avenue last week, after an attempted drug deal went south, police said. The three victims — two men and one woman — called police at around 5:40 p.m. on Oct. 25 to report they had just been robbed, according to Sgt. Sean Thompson, public information officer for the Mountain View Police Department. During the subsequent investigation, the victims told officers they had met with the robber —a Mountain View teenager — with the intent to sell him some pot. However, instead of moving forward with a peaceful transaction, the young man pulled out a silver handgun and made off with the weed and $600, taken collectively from all three victims. The male victims were from San Jose and Morgan Hill and the woman was from Los Altos, according to Thompson. The victims admitted that they had met the suspect — who was not named because he was a minor — in order to sell him marijuana. They

told the police that they normally don’t sell pot to people they don’t know but had decided to meet up with the Mountain View teen after corresponding via text message. After the victims showed the suspect the marijuana, the suspect pulled out the gun, Thompson said. According to the police report, the 17-year-old did not make any specific demands for money, but the female gave him $300 out of fear and the two men in the car followed suit, handing over their money. In all the suspect made off with a total of $600. Police later caught the suspect and arrested him on suspicion of robbery, Thompson said. Despite admitting that they were engaging in the act of selling an illegal substance, the police did not arrest the three 20-yearolds. “You can say you’ve done stuff all you want,” Thompson said, “but if you don’t have anything on you we can’t arrest you.”

PUMAR’S PRELIMINARY HEARING Matthew Pumar, the Mountain View driver accused of hitting and killing a man who was waiting for the bus, is set to appear See CRIME BRIEFS, page 19

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By Nick Veronin

By Nick Veronin

he race for three open seats on the Mountain View Whisman School District board continues to be a relatively low-cost endeavor, with all five candidates combined raising no more than $13,000. No single candidate reported raising more than $4,000, according to the most recent round of campaign finance reports provided by the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters’ Office. The reports, the last to be filed before Election Day, cover expenditures and fundraising from Oct. 1-20. The biggest fundraiser so far in this campaign has been Jim Pollart, who has gathered $3,951 from donors — narrowly edging out Bill Lambert, who has raised a total of $3,425. It is Lambert, however, who has spent the most — $3,123 — just outpacing Pollart, who spent $1,950 as of this latest report. Recently, Lambert’s campaign has been spending his money on professional services — like $1,000 for website design and $500 on graphic design — and on flyers and lawn signs. Pollart has also been spending his money on professional services — such as $500 on website design — as well as on campaign promotional materials, reporting an expenditure of about $1,250 at victorystore. com, a site specializing in campaign signs and other promotional signs. Steven Nelson comes in third in terms of money raised. However, the $3,080 he has brought in to his campaign has all come from his own pocket. As of the last campaign finance report filed by Nelson’s campaign, he had spent about $515 on webrelated fees, advertisements and on smaller un-itemized payments of under $100. Other candidates are taking in significantly less, and spending very little. Peter Darrah has only spent $596 of the $1,309 that he has raised so far — $200 on fees to the registrar’s office, $375 on lawn signs and a little more than $20 on banking fees.

candidate running for the local elementary and middle school district’s board of trustees said he thought he was being truthful when he claimed in a political advertisement that a former Mountain View city manager opposed a recent education bond measure. The half-page advertisement promoting Steven Nelson’s bid for the Mountain View Whisman School District’s board appeared on page 14 of the Oct. 26 <ctypeface:Italic>Voice.<cty peface:> In the ad, Nelson wrote: “After I asked Kevin Duggan (former City Manager) to read the Bond G Budget — he said he withdrew his G endorsement. Too bad glossy political mail did not reflect that uncomfortable truth.” The “Bond G” referenced in Nelson’s advertisement is Measure G — the $198 million school bond approved by local voters in June. Nelson was a vocal opponent of the bond, not because he opposed bringing more money into the school district, he said, but because he felt school district officials did not seek out sufficient community input before placing the measure on the ballot. Duggan, however, was not an opponent of the measure and said he never withdrew support for the bond. “I was sent (after it was published) a copy of the ad,” Duggan wrote in an email to the Voice. “I was not aware in advance that I would be mentioned in such an ad and would have declined being so represented if I had been contacted. I did not withdraw my endorsement of the measure and do not know why Mr. Nelson thought I did so.” Duggan said that while Nelson contacted him about his concerns about Measure G prior to the June election, he informed Nelson that he had already endorsed the measure and would not rescind his endorsement. “I have no idea why or how Mr. Nelson reached the conclusion that I had done so or why he decided to reference me in


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WINGS OVER SHORELINE This trio of Canada geese wing their way across cloud-dappled skies over Shoreline Park on a crisp autumn afternoon. Despite numerous measures to keep the unwelcome fowl off the greens of the park’s golf course, many geese still seem content to call Shoreline Park their home.

Hill enjoys fundraising edge in state Senate race LIEBER BANKS ON INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTIONS IN HER QUEST TO SCORE ELECTION DAY UPSET By Gennady Sheyner


ith elections just days away, Assemblyman Jerry Hill is banking on his superior campaign chest to help him carry the day in the state Senate Race, while his opponent, former Assemblywoman Sally Lieber, is hoping that grassroots support from her home turf will help her narrow the gap and score a major upset. In the closing days of October, Hill had a huge lead in expenditures made and a

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modest edge in cash remaining. According to campaignfinance documents, Hill has spent $946,300 since the beginning of the year in his quest to represent the 13th District, which stretches from

San Mateo Counties to northern Santa Clara County and includes Palo Alto, Mountain View, Menlo Park, Atherton and Sunnyvale. Mountain View resident Lieber, meanwhile, has spent $151,572 over the same period of time. Campaign documents also show Hill with a roughly $50,000 edge in cash remaining. Hill, a San Mateo resident who has represented his city on the county and Assembly levels, has about See SENATE RACE, page 19


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Members of Avenidas Village gather for a celebration of its fifth anniversary on Oct. 29 at Allied Arts in Menlo Park.



tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one thing to say you intend to age gracefully in your own home and avoid institutionalized care â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but accomplishing it is something else entirely. A group of several hundred local residents this month marked five years of testing the concept through membership in Avenidas Village â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an effort to create a community of mutual support through the aging process. For an annual fee of $875 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; $1250 for a couple â&#x20AC;&#x201D; members enjoy a social network of fellow seniors, some volunteer services, a 24/7 phone number to call for help and access to a list of nearly 200 vetted local service providers in everything from home maintenance to financial services to transportation. With a blend of volunteer and paid services, the venture is part social, part practical â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and very much a work in progress. The villageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nearly 400-strong membership is broken down into small neighborhood â&#x20AC;&#x153;clustersâ&#x20AC;? to foster connectedness and social ties. If a member needs help turning a mattress, fellow members may volunteer to help. If itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a bigger job, say major landscaping or gutter-cleaning, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a list of vendors, who may offer discounts. Transportation, a major issue for many seniors, is handled through paid providers or, some-

times, volunteers. Avenidas Village was purely theoretical when friends gathered in a Palo Alto living room seven years ago in hopes of getting something started. They had read in the Wall Street Journal about Beacon Hill Village, a Boston venture in mutual aging support launched in 2002, and wondered whether the model could be replicated on the West Coast. The founding group formed an alliance with the existing nonprofit senior agency Avenidas, which offered office space and overhead support. Avenidas also runs the Rose Kleiner Center in Mountain View, a day program for frail seniors. With its launch in 2007, Avenidas Village became the sixth in what is now a movement of nearly 100 senior â&#x20AC;&#x153;villagesâ&#x20AC;? across the United States. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be talking a lot with my neighbors about how we were getting old and what we were going to do,â&#x20AC;? said retired lawyer Mary Minkus, a member of the village from its earliest days. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to have to move.â&#x20AC;? For Minkus, the village functions both as a social network and an outlet for her considerable volunteer energy. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s part of a group of three volunteers who make five-day-a week check-in calls to other members who live alone and have requested them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also call on a weekend if I

think somebodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in a bad spot, because weekends can sometimes be the most lonely time,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like the volunteering aspect because we need to know that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still needed. My particular belief is that everybody in this organization whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a member will get more out of it if they also volunteer.â&#x20AC;? Of the villageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 370 current members, about 60 volunteer with the organization, program director Vickie Epstein said. Members range in age from their 50s to their 90s, with the highest concentration ages 70 to 85, she said. Most members live in Palo Alto, Stanford and Menlo Park, with some others in Mountain View, Los Altos and Atherton. For founding member Bob Gee, the main use for Avenidas Village so far has been as a social network. Gee said the Menlo Park cluster gathers about once a month in someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home or in a restaurant, with about 20 typically showing up. In an online network, they sometimes trade things like extra tickets to the Giants or the opera. For villagers who are well enough not to need the services, paying for membership is something of a paradox. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many join looking at it as an insurance policy,â&#x20AC;? Epstein said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing great; they See AVENIDAS, page 20

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reimbursed by the city for over $2,000 in fees. Incumbent John Inks, who has spent over $16,000 so far, is in second place behind Clark, the top spender at slightly over $18,000. Of the six candidates running for four seats on the council, Clark and incumbent Mike Kasperzak both reported contributions from Assemblyman Jerry Hill, who is running for state Senate against Mountain View resident Sally Lieber. John McAlister reported the largest single cash donation, $2,000 from the Mountain View firefightersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; union. Margaret Capriles netted the second-biggest amount in union contributions, for a total of $850 raised this period from construction-industry trades. John McAlister McAlister reported contributions this period of $6,094, made up of cash, loans and nonmonetary donations, bringing his total to $16,105. Besides the $2,000 from the Mountain View Professional Firefighters, his largest cash John McAlister c ont r i butor s were : $300 from the San Jose-based electrical workersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; union, IBEW; $250 from Los Altos Hills resident Dick Henning, the founder of Celebrity Forums; and $120 from Realtor Roger Kao. His campaign also logged a nonmonetary contribution worth $924 in sign stands from builder Don Bahl. McAlister loaned his campaign $2,000 this period, bringing the total loans heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s made to $11,238. He reported spending $4,834 this period, including $4,241 to Pacific Printing and $418 to Pony Express for campaign literature. His campaign reported spending a total of $14,537 so far and has a cash balance of $1,212. Chris Clark Clark reported contributions of $1,193 this period, bringing his total to $21,172. He reported four donors with contributions of over $100: the Sheet Metal Workersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; International Association, $300; the California League of Conservation Voters, $250; PG&E Corp., $200; and $150 from Assemblyman Jerry Hill. He reported spending $12,375,

including $6,955 to Pacific Printing for campaign literature; $1,487 for newspaper ads ; $2,550 for postage paid to Pacific Printing; $460 to FedEx for Chris Clark campaign paraphernalia and $346 to Political Data in Burbank. Clarkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campaign has spent $18,047 to date, and has a cash balance of $3,125. Mike Kasperzak Kasperzak reported contributions of $1,574 this period, bringing his campaignâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s total to $15,422. He received five contributions of $250 each. They were from: Scott Ward, of Palo Alto-based developer Mike Classic ComKasperzak munities; the Santa Clara League of Conservation Voters; Recology Inc., the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s garbage collection vendor; Claudia Coleman, a community volunteer who lives in Los Altos; and Eric J. Morley of Los Gatos-based Morley Bros. real estate investment company. Assemblyman Jerry Hill donated $150. The campaignâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest expenditure this period was for ads in the Voice, for $1,394. Kasperzakâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s campaign has spent a reported $9,621 to date, and has a cash balance of $7,346.

Margaret Capriles Capriles reported raising $2,299 this filing period, bringing her to a total of $13,706. Besides loaning her campaign $1,200, her biggest contributors were the Sheet Metal Workersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; International Association with $300; the San Jose-based Margaret IBEW EducaCapriles tion Fund, $300; and the Northern California Carpenters Council, $250. Capriles reported spending $3,662 this period, bringing her campaignâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s total expenditures to $12,425. Her two expenditures were for $2,742 for postage and $914 for an ad in the Voice. Her campaign has spent a total of $12,425 to date, and she has $1,281 remaining, according to the report. John Inks Inksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; campaign raised $ 808 this period, bringing the total to date up to $12,007. Only two contribuJohn Inks tions of more than $100 were received: $250 from Palo Alto real estate developer Scott Ward of Mozart Development; and $250 from DJ Bahl of Mountain View, a general partner in Hagios Pneuma. The campaignâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest expenditures this period were $4,212 for postage, $3,026 to Express

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an $800 contribution he made himself. The remainder came from a $250 donation from Rob and Jackie Graham of the Sports Page in Mountain View. His campaignâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s total contributions to date are $2,725. His campaignâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest expenditures this period were for print ads, with a payment of $346 to the Old Mountain View Neighborhood Association and $275 to the Monta Loma Neighborhood Association. His total expenditures to date are $2,233 and his campaign has a cash balance of $492.

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s the daughter of Ned Lamont, a candidate for U.S. Senate and later for governor of Connecticut, Lindsay Lamont grew up in a family “that lives and breathes politics.” “Every morning at breakfast there would be a summary of the news of the day followed by the question of what President Lamont would do,” said the younger Lamont, a Stanford University senior. The Connecticut native spent time working in her father’s 2008 campaign against Joe Lieberman for U.S. Senate and unofficially for Barack Obama’s campaign before she was old enough to vote. In 2010 she helped in her father’s unsuccessful Connecticut gubernatorial race. Naturally, Lamont, who is now the president of the Stanford College Democrats student organization, is campaigning for Obama again. On Oct. 26 she and 31 other Stanford student Democrats piled into buses to travel to Reno, Nev., to knock on doors, hand out pamphlets and do whatever else the local organization required of them. “After working on a smaller campaign, I definitely understand the importance of having an on-the-ground campaign,” she said. “It was a big benefit to the Obama campaign in 2008, and it really makes you remember you can make a difference.” As Nov. 6 nears, out-of-state volunteers such as Lamont and her classmates are flocking to “battleground states” — namely Colorado, Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio, Florida, New Hampshire and Virginia — where polls show the fiercest competition in the race for president. Volunteers from Santa Clara County believe their efforts to elect the next president are better spent out of the area, given the area’s partisan voting history. Nearly 70 percent of county voters chose Obama as president in 2008, while 61 percent of California voters, some 8.3 million people, cast ballots for Obama. These out-of-state campaigners aren’t restricted to one political party or generation. The last-minute push to help their preferred candidate win draws Democrats as well as Republicans, the old along with the young. For Lamont, Nevada was the 14


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easiest choice for a campaign “Families are getting ham- campaign.” location because of its proxim- mered with phone calls, so That’s a sentiment shared by ity. hopefully it’s a little better to Lamont’s Republican counter“California has a lot of impor- have someone at your door,” she part at Stanford, Mary Ann tant initiatives, but when it comes said. “It’s definitely a bit more Toman-Miller, the president of to the president, Nevada has a lot work, but it’s a lot more fun to Stanford College Republicans. more at stake,” she said. have face-to-face interactions She spent the summer in In 2008 Obama Washington, D.C., workwon six-electoral-vote ing in the U.S. ConNevada with 533,736 gress, and by the time ‘I’m a firm believer that votes or 55.15 percent, the summer days cooled while challenger John from a sweltering 105 everyone, in some point McCain took 412,827 degrees, she was spendvotes or 42.65 percent. ing her evenings in Virof time in their life, should But the race is much ginia, assisting the Romtighter between Obama ney campaign. Much of work on a campaign.” and Mitt Romney. her time there she made The student group has phone calls, distributed LINDSAY LAMONT other means of outreach; campaign materials and its phone bank calls a helped organize rallies few thousand potential voters and conversations with people in and events for the Women for in swing states each week. But swing states. Romney campaign. Lamont said nothing compares “I’m a firm believer that “It was exhilarating,” she said. to the personal touch canvassing everyone, in some point of time “There was palpable enthusiasm brings. in their life, should work on a from the people making and

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receiving calls” at the phone banks. Virginia is also a strongly contested state. According to the most recent poll by NBC News/ Wall Street Journal/Marist College from Oct. 23 to 24, Obama is holding a three-point lead, with 50 percent compared to Romney’s 47. Other polls put the two in a dead heat, and one shows Romney ahead. Weather permitting, TomanMiller and a group of Stanford Republicans are hoping to head to Reno this weekend. Like Lamont’s group, they will be knocking on doors and talking policy with whomever they can. “Commercials are generally too short to go into the important differences between the two candidates’ policies, so we like to travel and have the opportunity to speak at greater length with undecided voters, face-to-face, one-on-one in the key swing states to explain our positions and our vision for America,” she wrote in an email to the Weekly. “When we discuss Romney’s policies in depth, they usually say they will vote with us.” Toman-Miller said she sees canvassing, and campaigning in general, as personally valuable. It’s a chance to learn about the issues that affect people in other states. “We talk to people of all ages, from all walks of life,” she wrote. “For example, I talked to many veterans who appreciated that young people were willing to listen to their concerns, and I enjoyed it because we don’t interact much with veterans at Stanford.” Though she said she had always been interested in democracy and its process, Toman-Miller said she was inspired by her mother, Mary Toman, who was the chair of the Los Angeles County Republican Party, the first woman to hold the position. “Breaking that glass ceiling had a great impact on me,” she said. “I looked up to her and wanted to emulate her.” The 20-year-old French and English literature double major said this is her fourth campaign. From Stanford to Virginia, there’s been an encouraging surge in interest from Republicans in this year’s election, she said, which is bolstered by what she sees as a decrease in interested Democrats. Even so, she works to keep out-of-state and on-campus campaign activities from being negative. “For us, mud slung is ground lost,” she said. “We’ve been trying to keep what we believe in a positive light.” She focuses on issues such as jobs and the economy and on how she thinks Romney and





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Ryan are the right candidates to improve them, she said. Eye-opening experience Elizabeth DeVries said her recent trip to Reno to campaign for Romney opened her eyes to the issue of unemployment. Washoe County, where the city is located, has an unemployment rate of 11.6 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. DeVries, a Palo Alto resident, said she thought people in the county were “really hurting.” She recalled one woman she visited while canvassing door to door who drove home the point to her. VERONICA WEBER “I asked her who she was going Lindsay Lamont checks in with Tom Schmidt, a volunteer from the to vote for and she said, ‘Romney. Obama campaign’s San Francisco office. Definitely Romney; we’re hanging on by our fingernails here,’” DeVries said. “She had this des- for the future of our country,” she sign would get stolen; a car sticker perate look on her face, and I felt said. “I’m willing to give up my would get your car keyed,” she very bad. weekends. I’m not willing to give said. “This area is predominantly “Palo Alto is very upper middle up without a fight.” Democratic, and I walk around class; Reno is a lot more middle As a canvasser in Reno, DeVr- with all my Romney buttons and class,” she said. “We don’t see it as ies said she was well-received, that sometimes starts conversamuch — the amount of pain and particularly since the majority of tions, and I’ve changed a few suffering because the economy is people she visited — three to one, peoples’ votes but not enough to so bad.” make a difference.” Aside from her weekend Though the library spein Reno, DeVries voluncialist said she’s always teers at Romney events, been interested in poli‘I’m willing to give up my gives money to the camtics, listening to talk radio weekends. I’m not willing paign and makes an estiwhile working motivated mated 25 calls to voters her to be more active in to give up without a fight.’ in swing states every day, politics and campaigning. when her schedule allows. DeVries’ parents were ELIZABETH DEVRIES She plans to go back to European immigrants Reno to campaign this who lived through World weekend. War II and who had grown She has volunteered in several by her count — were supporters of up with starvation as a fact of previous campaigns: John McCa- Romney. life. They came to the U.S. for its in’s 2008 presidential bid, Meg She said she felt she could be opportunities, and their gratitude Whitman’s California gubernato- more effective going to door to to the U.S. and the freedoms it rial run, and Scott Brown’s suc- door in a place where Romney/ afforded them had a lasting effect cession of Ted Kennedy for U.S. Ryan campaign signs were at on her. Senate in Massachusetts. But for least as numerous as those for the “We’re lucky enough to live in her, this campaign is different. Obama/Biden ticket. Continued on next page “This really will be the election “In Palo Alto, a Romney yard

hen Democratic and Republican presidential or vice-presidential candidates come to the area for their campaigns, they fly in on Air Force One, or something like it, and they ride in motorcades, sometimes slowing traffic for miles. When Judge Jim Gray, the Libertarian Party vicepresidential candidate, came to speak at Stanford, Greg Coladonato picked him up from the airport in his car. The two men had never met. Coladonato is the Silicon Valley coordinator for Libertarian Gary Johnson’s presidential campaign, and he said this kind of contrast is a symptom of a problem in the U.S. political process. “Let’s start with the fact that the political system is completely co-opted with a duopoly to the extent that thirdparty candidates can’t even get into a debate with the two candidates,” he said. “I’d like to see more choice afforded to the electorate rather than, ‘Pick one of these two guys’ who, when it comes down to it, aren’t that different.’” Coladonato said he’s politically active in the area, mainly hosting and attending events for Johnson’s campaign. He said he hasn’t heard of any area Libertarians traveling to battleground states to campaign for Johnson. “Every state has its own activists,” he said. “For us there are no swing states, so there’s not much reason to go to Ohio or Florida. Why not just stay where it’s more convenient and try to get people there?” In 2008 Coladonato went to New Hampshire to knock on doors for Republican Ron Paul, who he described as “thirdparty-esque.” He said a similar effort for a third-party candidate could be valuable provided the candidate was popular enough in a state to garner volunteer support. “I think then you’d see a lot of Californians going to Nevada to knock on doors,” he said. “It’d probably be good to concentrate there, where the chances are much greater for Johnson to show double digits in the election, owing to both Nevada’s voting habit and to the fact that it’s generally easier to change an outcome in a smaller state.” Nevada is home to about 2.7 million people, just 7 percent of California’s nearly 38 million. Gerry Gras, a local volunteer for the Green Party, sees the situation similarly. But he holds different priorities for his party, particularly when it faces what he perceives as a stigma for “spoiling” elections. “There are a number of people who perceive us as spoilers and would expect us to go campaign,” he said. “We’re not spoilers. The two major parties aren’t solving the problems the average person cares about, and we’ve got real solutions to them.” Gras sees the group’s main goals as getting candidates on the ballot and achieving 5 percent of the total presidential vote, which would give it matching funds for the next election. That threshold hasn’t been reached yet, however. Ralph Nader was the closest with 2.7 percent of the vote in the 2000 election. This year’s Green Party presidential candidate is Jill Stein. Nevertheless, Gras said the party is sponsoring candidates at all levels, from school boards to president. But there aren’t a lot of people traveling around to campaign for the party. He said third-party efforts in California have been hampered by the recently adopted “top-two” election system, in which the two candidates with the most votes in the primary are put on the general-election ballot, regardless of their political affiliation. (The system does not apply to the presidential race but to lower offices.) “It’s been a real hindrance because we don’t have so many people on the ballot,” he said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if people are surprised when they see this year’s ballot.” — Eric Van Susteren November 2, 2012 ■ Mountain View Voice ■ ■




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a democracy in which you can make a difference as a voter or as a volunteer,” she said. “You can’t complain that the situation is bad if you don’t take the time to make it better and make an effort to do so.

“I have to do something. I have to make a difference.” Ohio bound Volunteering in her third consecutive presidential campaign, Palo Alto resident Lisa Van Dusen’s hopes to make a difference as she travels to Ohio

to campaign for Obama’s reelection. “The pieces I look for are that it’s got to be a place where it’s highly likely your efforts will matter, and pretty much everyone is saying you’re going to need Ohio to win this race,” she said. “It’s best to have a place where I can stay, and my mom and sister live in Michigan not too far away.” “(Canvassing) is 1,000 times more effective going door to door and talking to people than an ad,” she said. “It’s the most effective.” She has volunteered in the past two presidential elections: in Nevada for John Kerry in 2004 and in Colorado for Obama in 2008. She said choosing the correct location for campaigning is critical. “It’s hard to decide in advance because things can change so fast,” she said. “Some people are saying Ohio is safe, but it’s my firm belief that some things can change on a dime.” Obama took Ohio in 2008 with 51.48 percent of the vote, or nearly three million people. Ironically, Van Dusen’s father worked for George Romney, Mitt’s father, as an advisor. In the 2008 campaign, her 80-year-old mother, a registered Republican, canvassed alongside Van Dusen for Obama in Colorado. “She felt that strongly about Obama,” she said. “The conditions were pretty pleasant, and she’s in pretty good shape. It’s a lot of walking, but she has a lot of stamina.” Van Dusen said one of the most common mistaken impressions about presidential campaigning



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is that canvassing is the only job a volunteer can do. “You don’t have to be the one to go knock on doors,” she said. “There are a lot of different jobs that are critical — data entry, logistics, operational support. You don’t have to be that person at the door.” There’s also an impression that canvassers talk policy and sometimes get into arguments with people they visit, Van Dusen said. Although she did get into political discussions in 2008, almost none of them arguments, she said much of the work she did was to provide basic, nonpartisan information to potential voters. “A lot of times there’s a lot of confusion about where people can go to vote and about little technicalities, like a ride or if you just need someone to say, ‘You know, it really matters that you get out there and vote,’” she said. “I went back to multiple houses again and again to make sure they voted, checking people off the list and leaving no stone unturned.” Tea Party politics By this time of year Bob Simmons would usually be someplace like Egypt or South America or Central America for his biannual international trip. But

the self-described “tea-party person” and fiscal conservative has been too occupied with politics and campaigning to go anywhere this fall. Simmons, a retired businessman and software engineer, belongs to four different teaparty groups and is a board member of the South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition. The Los Altos resident first became involved with the political movement several years ago when he grew concerned about the president’s focus on the Affordable Care Act. Since then he said he’s seen the country get on the wrong track financially and worries that it’s heading toward socialism while leaving capitalism by the wayside. He and more than 100 other Bay Area residents recently drove to Reno to campaign for Romney, using their own vehicles and funds for room and board. In Reno, he was assigned to walk precincts in a more affluent part of the city, and similarly to DeVries, he found that nearly all the houses he went to were Romney supporters and even more of them were supporting the candidacy of U.S. Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.). Unlike DeVries, Simmons sees worthwhile work to be done on

the home front. “There’s really two Californias,” he said. “There’s the West Coast California and there’s the California over the mountain that’s depressed and has high unemployment. You don’t see it here, but that motivates me to want to change things.” He volunteers at a monthly informational dinner meeting for the South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition, sits in booths for the Republican party at the farmers markets in Los Altos and Palo Alto, and supports and represents the Republican party and tea party at festivals and events. Recently, he’s been canvassing in San Jose to support Johnny Khamis’ run for the District 10 seat of the city council. Despite his fervent support for Republican and tea-party candidates and causes, he said he’ll be relieved once the elections are over. “I’m definitely ready for that,” he said. He’s already scheduled his next trip in January to Tanzania and South Africa. V

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The two incumbents, Wes Alles and John Zoglin, have raised a total of $35,912 and spent even more than they raised â&#x20AC;&#x201D; $39,333. In addition to the individual campaigns being run by the candidates and their committees, local labor chapters of national labor organizations are supporting the non-incumbent candidates in a big way. The South Bay Labor Council, an affiliate of the AFL-CIO, has spent just about $107,900 to support the three new-comers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; $36,040 on Chiu, $35,813 on James and $36,040 on Miller. All three candidates received donations from the Silicon Valley chapter of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union â&#x20AC;&#x201D; $500 each for Chiu and James and $750 for Miller. Chiu and Miller also received $2,500 from the SEIUUHW. On the other side of the campaign, the well-known Palo Alto political activist, Charles Munger, Jr., is supporting incumbents Alles and Zoglin, who are pooling their funds through a joint campaign finance committee. Munger contributed $20,000 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the vast majority of the $21,149 the two men raised since the last campaign finance reports during filing period covering Oct. 1-20. Two other large contributors included Kent McCarthy, an investment manager from Ranch Mirage, Calif., and Gerry Besson of Los Altos, each of whom contributed $1,000.

Zoglin and Alles So far, Alles and Zoglin have raised $35,912. They have spent more t han they took in â&#x20AC;&#x201D; $39,333. A great deal of that money has gone toward newspaper advertisements. This Wesley Alles period, the Alles and Zoglin campaign spent almost $1,500 on ads in publications owned by Silicon Valley Communit y John Zoglin Newspapers and more than $700 on advertisements in the Voice and other papers owned by the Voiceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parent company, Embarcadero Media. Bill James James raised a total of $26,430 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; more than half of that money, including a $15,000 loan he made to himself, came in during October. His largest campaign ex penditure was for the printing and mailing camBill James paign literature and promotional materials, which cost him a little more than $14,000. Dennis Chiu Chiu raised $23,795 over the

course of his campaign, with about $4,160 coming in during October. He was given $2,000 by Peter Chiu, a retired Dennis Chiu doctor living in Palo Alto, and $1,500 from Paul Lewin of Palm Springs. He has spent a total of $16,617. In the period from Oct. 1 to Oct. 20, Chiu spent $4,163 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the majority of it on campaign literature, printing and postage â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the rest on campaign signs. Julia Miller Miller has raised the least of all the candidates. Over the course of her campaign she has brought in $8,461, much of it in smaller donations. However, ma ny of her donors are inf luential local political figures. In October, she received two Julia Miller $100 contributions â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one from Richard Santos, District 3 director of the Santa Clara Valley Water District; and another from Rod Diridon, Jr., clerk for the City of Santa Clara. Of the money sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s raised, Miller has spent $5,456 on advertisements in newspapers, including ads in the Voice, the Los Altos Town Crier, the Penny Saver, the Sunnyvale Sun, and in the California Voter Guide. V


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$178,449 left, while Lieber has about $128,085. He received nearly 1,500 contributions for his Senate campaign, roughly three times as many as Lieber. But Lieber, a perpetual underdog, hopes she can counteract Hill’s financial edge with grassroots support from the Santa Clara County, parts of which she has represented in the Assembly between 2002 and 2008. Lieber, whose campaign has been focusing on education and the environment, has received dozens of checks from northern Santa Clara County, including 78 from Mountain View and 51 from Palo Alto. She also contributed $100,000 to her own campaign, records show. Lieber’s list of contributors includes a number of local environmentalists, including former Palo Alto Mayor Peter Drekmeier and Michael Clos-


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in court for a preliminary hearing on Dec. 27, according Duffy Magilligan, the deputy district attorney handling the case. At hearing a judge will decide whether there is enough evidence to proceed to trial, Magilligan said. Pumar, who pleaded not guilty to the felony charge of gross vehicular manslaughter on Sept. 26, is alleged to have been driving recklessly at the

son, executive director of the local environmental nonprofit, Acterra. Among her biggest Palo Alto contributions is from Michael Kieschnick, manager of Credo Mobile, who gave her campaign $1,000. Hill, despite his huge fundraising advantage, has received only five contributions from Mountain View and 17 from Palo Alto, campaign-finance documents show. Hill’s Palo Alto contributors include City Council candidate Marc Berman, who gave Hill’s campaign $250, and former Mayor Yoriko Kishimoto, who contributed $100. But his campaign also benefited from major support from Hewlett Packard, which gave him $3,900 along with another $3,843 in “non-monetary contributions.” Hill, meanwhile, received 264 checks from donors in his hometown of San Mateo. Lieber did not received any San Mateo checks as of Oct. 25, when the

reporting period concludes. He also has the endorsement of some of the state’s most prominent Democrats, including Gov. Jerry Brown and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsome. Labor unions, political-action committees and major corporations have also contributed mightily to Hill’s fundraising edge. The State Building and Construction Trades Council of California gave his campaign $7,800, as have the California State Council of Laborers PAC ad the Plumbers, Steamfitters and Refrigeration Fitters, UA Local 393 Political Action Fund. Hill’s other major backers include the California Healthcare Institute ($3,900), the California Dental Political Action Committee ($3,900), the California Beer & Beverage Distributos Community Affairs Fund ($3,900) the McDonald’s California Operators ($3,900) and Monsanto Company ($1,500). Hill’s financial advantage

time of the accident, according to Magilligan and a police report. According to police, on June 21, the 22-year-old Pumar sped through a red light, swerved to avoid a truck entering the intersection, lost control of his car and then ran into William Ware, a well-known Mountain View resident who was waiting for a bus in the 1800 block of California Street. Ware was killed by the violent impact of the collision. Pumar remained on the scene and cooperated with police and

investigators. He was arrested on July 10 after the investigation was completed. He immediately posted $100,000 bail and was released. Dolores Marquez, Ware’s niece, said she was upset with Pumar’s plea in an interview with the Voice shortly after the plea was made. “It’s hard to hear someone not hold themselves accountable for something that was so obvious,” Marquez said. Pumar’s last court appearance was on Oct. 24. —Nick Veronin

further cements his status as the heavy favorite in the race to replace termed-out Sen. Joe Simitian. In the June primary election, Hill scored an overwhelming victory when he picked up 55 percent of the votes in a four-way race. Lieber had finished a distant second with 22 percent. Lieber told the Voice in an interview that her campaign made a decision to be stingy during the primary season so as to have funds available for the general election. V

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And Christopher Chiang has pledged to raise no more than $1,000 for his entire campaign. Because he has taken this pledge, Chiang is not required to keep detailed records of how much he raises or spends on the campaign. But, according Chiang, as of Oct. 24, he had spent $372 — $200 on the campaign filing fee and the rest on promotional materials he made himself at home. V

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don’t really need the services at the time they join, but they want to know that when they do need it — if they need it — all the support services are going to be available to them.” But when it comes time to renew, it can be hard for them to see that they’re getting value. Nonetheless, Epstein cites a 90-percent membership retention rate. Despite their determination to remain at home, catastrophic health issues or cognitive impairment have forced some members to move to care facilities. Epstein says help with such moves is among the village’s array of services. “This has happened to a few of our members, and helping them and their family members with their decision about a greater level of care is one of our services,” she said. The village has forged relationships with local hospitals so it can help to coordinate services needed when a member is discharged. “My wife and I are both in physically good condition,” founding member Bruce Heister said. “But we have a daughter who works in Manhattan and we don’t want her to have to come running back for things like that.” Heister also volunteers as a driver and handyman for fellow villagers. Recently, he helped a widow who had sold the family vacation home in Hawaii re-hang some of the vacation home pictures in her house here. “One of the great pleasures I get out of driving people, or doing odd jobs in their homes, is that everybody’s got a story,” Heister said. “They’ve had interesting jobs in their lifetimes, interesting travels, and you get into good discussions with them.” V

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He encouraged his son to enter, and Nitin earned a perfect score in three math-based challenges — The Counting Game, Magic Squares and Mental Math Workout. The Counting Game tests a student’s ability to “count from any number to any number by any number,” Magic Squares awards points to students for creating their own math problems, and Mental Math Workout evaluates “number sense by asking them to solve given problems the ‘smart’ way, without pencil and paper,” according to a Mathnasium press release. After his very strong showing in the local competition, Nitin was given a final brief test that required him to “arrive at the largest number and smallest number with a given set of numbers and operations.” According to Kumar, this final exam was intended to test how Nitin and other finalists think about numbers. In the end, the national panel of Mathnasium judges felt that Nitin was just shy of being the best of all the fifth-grade submissions they received. He took second place to the firstplace fifth-grader, Ronit Kumar (no relation). “We hope this competition was a fun and rewarding experience that continues to strengthen (his) passion for math,” said Kobad Bugwadia, the owner of the local Mathnasium franchise where Nitin first competed. Of all the prizes Nitin will receive, he said he is most excited about the $750. “It’s the most valuable and it could help me do something or I could save it for when I need it,” he said. His father said that they may end up putting the money toward Nitin’s college fund. V


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his ad without contacting me in advance.” Nelson acknowledged that Duggan had told him at one point that he was in favor of Measure G, and confirmed that he had not contacted the former city manager to inform him of the advertisement. But, Nelson added, “my understanding and Kevin’s seem to be different on the matter.” According to Nelson, he asked Duggan to read the fine print of the measure and about a month later asked the former city manager, in person, whether he had changed his mind. From that face-to-face conversation, Nelson said, “I understood he (Duggan) had sent an email asking that his name be taken off the endorsement list.” V


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TIME TO REDUCE STATE EMPLOYEES’ SALARIES I reluctantly support Prop 30 because I see no commensurate state employee expenditure cuts. Governor Jerry Brown must show real courage and cut outof-control public sector salaries, benefits, and particularly pension expenses. State employees’ hourly salaries and benefits must be permanently cut by at least 10 percent immediately, and by more in the future to bring them in line with private sector compensation for equivalent jobs. All state employees must also pay a lot more than just a 10 percent share of the costs for their health insurance and pension benefits. Most importantly, maximum pension and health care payouts must be capped at or near maximum Social Security and Medicare levels for all former, present, and future state employees. That, along with increased taxes, is part of the pain that we must impose upon state taxpayers and employees to bring California back to fiscal sanity. William R. Hitchens Sunnyview Lane

A BEAUTIFUL NIGHT FOR FOOTBALL AT MVHS On Oct. 26 Mountain View High School held its first-ever “Friday Night Lights” football Game in its 50-year history. Never before, from the school’s founding in 1961, as Chester F.

Awalt High School, through its renaming as Mountain View High School in 1981, had the school’s students, parents and community been treated to a home game under the lights. The event drew a large crowd of well-behaved spectators of all ages, from the Pee-Wee Cheerleaders who performed at halftime, to the 90-something-aged grandparents who were thrilled to be part of the action. Simply put, for one magical night the MVHS community had it all! Yet, what was a novelty for MVHS and our community last Friday night is the norm at virtually every other high school in Santa Clara County, and across the state. There are reasons why 38 out of 40 public high schools in Santa Clara County have stadium lights or are very soon to get them, and those reasons were on full display for everyone to see last Friday night at MVHS. Night football games at the high school level bring together parents, students and community members in a safe, friendly and unique environment. Simply put, the advantages are tremendous and yield lasting benefits. We applaud the district and our superintendent, Dr. Barry Groves, for allowing this special event to go forward, but it is unfair to our kids and community to ignore the fact that our unlighted facilities are woefully out of date and substandard. We urge the high school district Continued on next page



to work in collaboration with parents and the surrounding property owners toward making last Friday’s “novelty” a common event, by moving forward on the path of installing permanent lights at both MVHS and Los Altos High School. Neighbors need to know that their concerns about safety, traffic and noise will be met, and they deserve to be heard, but they cannot serve as a permanent obstacle to doing what is right for our kids, the school and community. We need to begin the process and dialog now. Another 50 years is simply too long to wait. Kristen Brown Community Volunteer Los Altos

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VOTERS SHOULD SUPPORT MEASURE B As Santa Clara Valley residents, we frequently take clean, safe water for granted. In order to continue to maintain this precious resource in our Valley we must take a crucial step this November by supporting Measure B. This measure will provide protection for our water supply projects, provide grants for schools to provide clean drinking water on school campuses, will restore ecosystems, promote pollution cleanup, enable earthquake safety improvements and provide benefits like recreation and public access throughout the tidal f loodplain in Santa Clara County. What’s been on many of our minds lately has been sea level rise, and Measure B would address this f lood risk with the South San Francisco Bay Shoreline Project. Measure B will do all of this without increasing tax rates but by simply renewing existing funding and also allowing the Santa Clara Valley Water District to bring in $400 million in federal and state matching funds. Mandatory audits and independent fiscal oversight will be conducted by a citizen’s monitoring committee to ensure that all funds are spent as promised. This November, please join me in supporting Measure B to continue to invest in protecting our Mountain View community from sea level rise and our water supply for this and future generations. Vote Yes on Measure B. Margaret Abe-Koga Church Street (The writer is a member of the City Council and recently was

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Proposition 30: Yes on Brown tax proposal Prop. 30 would raise income taxes on those earning $250,000 or more for seven years, and raise the sales tax by a quarter-cent for four years. Most of the $6.8 billion raised from the tax hike will go to K-12 schools, and some will go to community and state colleges and universities. Prop. 30 is a critical part of Governor Brown’s effort to stabilize the state’s financial situation after the Legislature was unable to pass a tax increase measure. Its failure would trigger cuts to education spending at all levels. Even with these tax increases, due to taxes that have expired over the last two years, the actual tax burden will be lower than it was two years ago. Proposition 31: Yes for political reforms Prop. 31 packages a number of measures developed by the bipartisan California Forward political reform group. It will establish a two-year state budget, which will at the very least make the current annual statebudget crisis an every-other-year embarrassment. It will also require bills before the Legislature be made public three days prior to a vote — preventing laws from being rushed through before state-elected officials have a chance to digest what’s really in them. It would also allow the governor to make “emergency” spending cuts if the Legislature fails to act. Proposition 32: No on banning payroll deductions for political action Prop. 32 would change campaign-finance rules in California to prohibit collecting voluntary union dues through payroll deductions for political purposes. It’s touted as a political reform measure, but in fact is designed to severely limit union political activity. Both the League of Women Voters and Common Cause oppose it, based on the fact that free-flowing corporate and Super PAC money would continue to be allowed. Even if you don’t like unions, this isn’t reform and it’s undemocratic. Proposition 33: No on latest auto-insurance scheme Prop. 33 is a virtual repeat of the attempt by Mercury Insurance in 2010 to overturn current law that prevents auto-insurance companies from discriminating against drivers who have had a lapse in their coverage, even in the absence of any claims or points on their driving record. The campaign for Prop. 33 is being financed almost entirely by Mercury chairman George Joseph. Proposition 34: Yes to end death penalty Prop. 34 would replace California’s death penalty with life in prison with no chance of parole, and would convert the sentences of the 725 prisoners currently on death row to life in prison with no possibility of parole. It has cost the state a total of $4 billion to put to death 13 inmates, an absurd use of public funds. Whether due to the financial drain of the system or a belief that vengeance shouldn’t be a part of our criminal-justice system, it’s time to join the 17 other states and 135 nations that have banned the death penalty. Proposition 35: Yes to increase penalties for human trafficking Prop. 35 would establish longer prison sentences and larger fines for people convicted in California of human-trafficking crimes, and

appointed to the San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board by Gov. Jerry Brown.)

VOTE YES ON B FOR SAFE, CLEAN WATER The Voice published an article in January highlighting how there had been no rain since the previous November. The most recent Water Tracker report from Santa Clara Valley Water District says this has

been the driest period since 1976. Living in this dry state requires us to be safe and plan ahead for water, and so I urge my fellow Mountain View residents to vote yes on Measure B for safe, clean water. Measure B doesn’t change our tax structure, it just extends an existing tax that would otherwise expire. Measure B includes funding for water conservation, to make our local dams earthquake-safe, and to strengthen our water

require them to register as sex offenders. Modeled after a New York law, it would address what law enforcement says is a rapidly growing problem in California, and especially in the Bay Area and Los Angeles. Proposition 36: Yes to revise Three Strikes Prop. 36 would revise California’s Three Strikes law to impose a life sentence only when the third felony is “serious or violent.” It would also authorize re-sentencing for current Three Strikes lifers whose third conviction was not serious or violent. District attorneys currently have discretion about how to charge third-strike offenses so that minor drug or other offenses won’t lead to life sentences, but that has led to inconsistent practices across the state and to many unfair results. Jeff Rosen, our district attorney in Santa Clara County, supports the measure. Proposition 37: No on genetically engineered food labeling Prop. 37 would require that genetically engineered foods sold in California be specifically labeled as such. Genetic engineering has been used for some 15 years to make plants grow bigger, stronger, faster and resist spoilage or insect damage. It is estimated that more than 40 percent of food products contain some genetically engineered ingredients. Although no studies have found any health impacts, the industry is too young to know with certainty. Labeling isn’t a bad idea, but imposing it by initiative in California prior to further studies and absent any evidence of harmful effects seems premature, and better addressed on a national level by the FDA or Congress. Proposition 38: Yes on school tax measure Prop. 38 is presented as a more ambitious alternative to Prop. 30, but unfortunately it has created sufficient controversy to imperil both measures. And it is critical that at least one of these two propositions passes in order to maintain needed funding of schools. Prop. 38 raises income taxes for the next 12 years by increasing the marginal tax rates on a sliding scale up to 2.2 percent for those making over $2.5 million. It would raise about $10 billion a year and would support K-12 schools and early childhood programs. Prop. 38 has a number of flaws. It is overly complicated and proscriptive in how funds get distributed and spent (for example, no money can be spent on teacher salaries) and it moves us further away from needed reform of our entire public education financing system. Flaws and all, we recommend voting for both Prop. 30 and 38. Proposition 39: Yes to fix tax loophole Prop. 39 would generate an estimated $1 billion in new tax revenue by simply requiring companies located outside of California to pay income taxes based on their sales within the state. It corrects a loophole passed at the end of the 2009 legislative session, and it eliminates a horrible incentive for companies to not have a physical presence in the state. About half of the new revenues would go toward clean-energy programs for the first five years, after which all funding would go to the general fund, where it would primarily benefit public education. Proposition 40: Yes to confirm redistricting Prop. 40 challenges the redistricting of California’s Senate districts, completed in 2011 by the independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. The State Supreme Court has already ruled in favor of the new boundaries, which are the districts in place for this November’s election for all state and federal legislative races in California. As a result, opponents have suspended their campaign, but too late for Prop. 40 to be removed from the ballot. (i) = Incumbent

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supply infrastructure. Measure B includes important water quality protections for our reservoirs, streams, and the Bay. It will rebuild the aging mud levees along San Francisco Bay to protect from tidal f looding and changing weather, as well as f lood control needed to protect highways and homes throughout the county. The environmental protection and funding in Measure B will provide significant improvements to restore habiNovember 2, 2012 ■

tats protecting our watershed, an important part of the quality of life in Mountain View. As a Mountain View resident, I ran for the Water District office to help represent my community in protecting our water, control f looding, and enhance the environment. There is no better way to do that than through safe clean water, so please vote yes on Measure B. Brian Schmidt director, San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority Mountain View Voice ■ ■ 23

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Section 1 of the November 02.2012 edition of the Mountain View Voice

Mountain View Voice 11.02.2012 - Section 1  

Section 1 of the November 02.2012 edition of the Mountain View Voice