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More candidates enter council race PAT SHOWALTER WAS PLANNING COMMISSIONER IN 1990S


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t’s been over a decade since she was involved in Mountain View’s city government, but Pat Showalter said she believes the time is right to make a run for a seat on the City Council. Showalter was on the city’s planning commission from 1993 to 2001, and says that “certain themes seem to carry through” f rom t he unprecedented growth during the late 1990s dot-com boom, when tech companies and tech workers pushed out many resi- Pat Showalter dents and small businesses. It spurred conversations similar to those heard today about balancing job growth with housing growth to reduce gentrification, and how the city could maintain a sense of community during such an upheaval.

fter an introduction to Mountain View politics through her neighborhood’s opposition to a housing project at 450 Whisman Road, and spending the last four years on the planning commission, Lisa Matichak is now seeking a seat on the City Council. “I’m concerned about the f ut u re of Mountain View so I’ve decided to run,” said Matichak, who works as a marketing executive and has owned a home Lisa Matichak in the Wagon Wheel neighborhood for the last eight years, renting in Mountain View for seven years before that. “We’ve had a lot of growth in Mountain View and growth brings a lot of good things with it but it needs to be balanced with



Joe Arpaio, the longtime sheriff of Maricopa County in Arizona, met with protests in Mountain View over allegations of racial profiling and harsh treatment of prisoners.

Protest greets controversial AZ sheriff By Daniel DeBolt


protest of Arizona Sherriff Joe Arpaio’s visit to Mountain View turned strange on Tuesday when the controversial man approached protesters who said his policies amount to “hate.” A group of 25 protesters stood at the entrance to the IFES Portugese Hall on Stierlin Road, chanting at attendees as they

pulled into the parking lot of the event held by the Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley. “He was trying to provoke us by being confrontational — that’s his personal style I guess,” said Maria Marroquin, director of Mountain View Day Worker Center. There was a mixture of responses. Some tried arguing with him. At least one person gave the man a hug. Marro-

quin said she told him, “We want to welcome you to our community.” One protester said he was trying to humanize himself, and another witness said Arpaio told the crowd that he has family members of “mixed descent” who he doesn’t talk about. Protest signs said: “Sheriff Joe, you must go,” and called


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ame wardens and police captured an errant mountain lion near Rengstorff park Tuesday night, four hours after it was spotted wandering between apartment complexes near Central Expressway. The Mountain View Police Department received two reports shortly after 6 p.m. that a mountain lion had been spotted on


South Rengstorff Avenue. Tom Arledge, a resident in the area, said he just gotten home and went outside with his house cat to get the mail when his neighbor pointed out the 110-pound male mountain lion. Arledge’s wife called 911 after failing to contact animal control numbers, which police told him was the right decision. Arledge said the mountain lion was not aggressive, and did not

attempt to attack anyone. “It was hanging out under a tree and seemed pretty calm,” Arledge said. “Around 6:30 p.m. it got up and jumped effortlessly into the neighboring apartment complex.” Police get reports of mountain lions once in a while, but usually from the North Shoreline area, and many of the “mountain lions” See PUMA, page 12






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Felony arson charge for teen in party house fire By Kevin Forestieri


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Teen fights for typical life despite pain 15-YEAR-OLD MVHS STUDENT COPES WITH RARE FORM OF ARTHRITIS By Kevin Forestieri


atie Taves sounds like a typical high school student. She likes yoga and cooking, dislikes geometry and begrudgingly accepts B grades. But for the last five years, 15-year-old Taves has suffered from a rare form of juvenile arthritis in 27 of her joints. Despite the fatigue, the stiffness, the chemotherapy and the steroids, she remains positive and optimistic, and said she doesn’t let the disease bog her down.

Katie Taves is an honoree at the 2014 San Francisco Walk to Cure Arthritis on May 17, a national event that raises money to prevent, control and cure arthritis. A freshman at Mountain View High School, Taves copes with juvenile idiopathic arthritis, an autoimmune disorder where the body’s own immune system attacks joint tissue. This leads to stiffness and swelling in the joints, as well as pain, fatigue, and the occasional, but severe, flare-up. To deal with arthritis, Taves

has to take methotrexate every week, a chemotherapy drug that reduces inflammation and slows the progression of the disease. Her mother, Suzanne Taves, said the plan is to give her the methotrexate on Friday, deal with the sickness and nausea that comes with it on Saturday, and hopefully by the end of Sunday the symptoms subside in time for school. Sometimes they do not. During the school week, Taves has to deal with stiffSee ARTHRITIS, page 14

16-year-old Mountain View teen was charged with felony arson as an adult last Friday in connection with the fire that destroyed a home on Fordham Way in March. If convicted, he could face a prison sentence of up to eight years. Brett Dispoto was arraigned May 2 and is in juvenile hall on $100,000 bail, according to the prosecutor, Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Bret Wasley. Wasley said Dispoto was charged as an adult based on the seriousness of the crime, and allegations that Dispoto had fled the scene and did not call for help after starting the fire. “(Running) just adds to the dangerous situation,” Wasley said. “We always take into account remorse or actions taken after the committed crime.” Wasley said the decision also took into account Dispoto’s record. “We can’t disclose his juvenile record, but based on who he is and the seriousness of the crime, he is being charged as an adult,” Wasley said. Alan Lagod, Dispoto’s defense attorney, did not respond to numerous calls requesting comment. The investigation report said

that Dispoto had lit some blouses on fire in the master bedroom closet of the Fordham Way home on the morning of March 16, according to Wasley. The fire got out of control and spread to the rafters, resulting in a two-alarm fire that destroyed the home. Dispoto is set to be back in court on May 22, where Wasley said he expects him to plead no contest to the felony arson charges. Dispoto is one of the many teens under investigation over the house parties leading up to the arson fire. Police arrested 18 people — including 16 juveniles — on charges ranging from drug possession and sales to vehicle theft, burglary and arson. Wasley said he has yet to file charges against Brandon Pak and Gilbert Gomes, the two adults arrested in connection to the house party and fire. He said he will review the evidence and meet with the Mountain View Police Department regarding Pak and Gomes, but does not have a time line for what comes next. Charges also have not been filed for the theft of the Audi A4 that was stolen from the driveway and later recovered in San Francisco. V

LinkedIn has big expansion plans in North Bayshore AN ‘ULTRA-GREEN’ EXPANSION OF MV CAMPUS HEADED FOR COUNCIL DECISION By Daniel DeBolt


hile City Council members have balked at allowing development in the area until next year, LinkedIn apparently wants to get its foot in the door for a major expansion of its headquarters in North Bayshore, as the company may be competing with Google and others for a limited 3.4 million square feet in new office space that would be allowed there. On May 27, the City Council is scheduled to decided whether city staff should begin working with LinkedIn and landowner HCP Inc. to help develop office proposals for LinkedIn, including the possibility of new eight-

story office towers at 1400 N. Shoreline Blvd. along the north side of Highway 101, “a gateway signature headquarters” replacing several 1960s-era singlestory buildings near the movie theater that house Togos, Laser Quest, Gold’s Gym and others on a 6.79-acre site. LinkedIn’s 370,000-square-foot headquarters campus on Stierlin Court could also double in size. “Due to LinkedIn’s success and explosive growth, but constrained by the amount of office space available to us locally, we have had to expand outside of Mountain View — most recently signing leases and occupying space in both Sunnyvale and San Francisco,” said the company in a letter to city planning director

Randy Tsuda. “However, it has always been our desire to retain our headquarters in the North Bayshore area and to remain a high value Mountain Viewbased company.” With up to 690,000 square feet allowed at the 1400 N. Shoreline site, LinkedIn is asking for a big chunk — 1 million in total — of that 3.4 million square feet the City Council is discussing as a growth limit for North Bayshore office space. The company could make room for an additional 4,000 to 6,000 employees. “They are trying to get sense whether the city is willing to entertain moving forward with them,” said council member Mike Kasperzak, adding that what the council is being asked to vote on is

“almost like saying, ‘OK, you can start getting in line.’” That “line” could include Google, which has yet to construct any new buildings in Mountain View, but has bought or leased most of the buildings around LinkedIn’s headquarters. “In terms of comparison to what some other companies have, I’d like to see some other companies get a shot at doing something,” Kasperzak said of LinkedIn’s ability to compete for space. LinkedIn’s Stierlin Court headquarters sits on 51.8 acres owned by HCP Inc, which wants to begin planning a redevelopment for the whole site, potentially going from 767,000 square feet to 1.9 million square feet of offices there. Existing tenants include

Google, Alexza Pharmaceuticals and Complete Genomics. On the eastern half, LinkedIn’s site could be allowed to go from 370,000 square feet to 700,000 or 800,000 square feet of new offices that are three stories tall. Four stories would be allowed on the 51.8 acre site’s western half, which faces Shoreline Boulevard, possibly for Google and other tenants. LinkedIn, which boasts over 300 million members and counting, says it wants to be ready to submit a formal development application when the council is ready to receive one, possibly early next year. The company has proposed LEED platinum buildings with See LINKEDIN, page 12

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he Mountain View Voice was honored at a statewide journalism competition on Saturday with six first and second place awards. The Voice took second place for General Excellence, the highest honor at the Better Newspaper Contest, for weekly newspapers in its circulation category. The Better Newspaper Contest awards were announced Saturday, May 3, at the California Newspaper Publishers Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual meeting, held this year in San Jose. The awards are divided by circulation category and daily or weekly publication, and winners are selected by a panel of out-of-state journalists. Reporter Daniel DeBolt and photographer Michelle Le won first place in environmental reporting for a series of stories on Mountain Viewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legacy of hazardous pollution contaminating groundwater, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Toxic city: Danger from TCE lurks underground.â&#x20AC;? Former Voice reporter Nick Veronin and photographer Le won first place for â&#x20AC;&#x153;High school parents in uproar over studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;obscenityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a series of stories about the fallout after stu-

dent journalists from Mountain View High School published an issue of the school newspaper with frank articles about sex and relationships. Veronin is now the Arts and Entertainment editor at the Voiceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sister paper, the Palo Alto Weekly. The Voiceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s design director, Shannon Corey, won first place for her graphic illustration of the path taken by the car in the fatal crash that that killed William Ware, a man waiting at a bus stop. It accompanied the story â&#x20AC;&#x153;Driver to face trial in Wareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death.â&#x20AC;? DeBolt also won second place for best feature story for â&#x20AC;&#x153;A keyhole into the past,â&#x20AC;? about the tiny, family-operated lock museum in downtown Mountain View. Le won second place for her feature photo of a preschooler celebrating the birthday of George, the beloved classroom corn snake. The Voice also finished among the top four entries in four categories and was named a Blue Ribbon finalist in the following: enterprise reporting; breaking news; editorial comment; and news photo. The breaking news finalist was Veroninâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pumar found guilty in death of Wil-

liam Wareâ&#x20AC;? about the gruesome car accident. The enterprise reporting entry was for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Worlds Apart,â&#x20AC;? a pair of stories by DeBolt about Mountain Viewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rapidly rising rents, contrasting the new, high-end Madera apartment complex and life for low-income families, featuring evocative photos by Le. Publisher Tom Gibboneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s editorial, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Student journalists get a bad rapâ&#x20AC;? was a top finalist in the editorial comment category. He wrote about Mountain View High Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s student journalism program coming under fire after its controversial â&#x20AC;&#x153;sex and relationshipsâ&#x20AC;? issue of the school paper. Leâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s photo â&#x20AC;&#x153;At long last, a medalâ&#x20AC;? of local veteran Juan Aranda receiving an Air Force commendation nearly 57 years after his heroic actions saved four lives during a hurricane, was honored in the news photo category. The California Newspaper Publishers Association is a nonprofit trade association for more than 800 publications. Founded in 1888, it represents daily and weekly newspapers and news websites throughout California. Email Managing Editor Andrea Gemmet at

Obama to speak in Mountain View Friday Walmart may seem an unlikely place for a president to visit, but President Barack Obama is set to come to Mountain Viewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Walmart Friday morning to give a speech about energy efficiency. The president is scheduled to speak at 9:55 a.m. Friday morning, May 9, at the big box retailer on Showers Drive, where Walmartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s energy saving practices will get the spotlight as Obama talks about the importance of

energy efficiency. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From lighting and water conservation to refrigeration systems and building materials, we view our facilities as laboratories of sustainability,â&#x20AC;? Walmart says on its website. Obama also planned to attend two fundraisers for the Democratic National Committee on Thursday, one at Mountain View startup incubator Y Combinator and another a dinner for

20 at Los Altos home of Anne Wojcicki, 23andMe CEO and wife of Google-founder Sergey Brin. The dinner is reportedly $32,400 a plate and tickets to the Y Combinator event reportedly range from $1,000 to $32,400 each. The presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s agenda calls for him to fly out of Moffett Friday morning shortly after his talk at Walmart, which is closed to the public but open to the press. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Daniel DeBolt


HEIRLOOM SEED-SAVING With educational support from the Santa Clara County Master Gardeners, six libraries in Santa Clara County have collaborated to create the Silicon Valley Grows program. Their kickoff event in Mountain View will occur on Saturday, May 10, at 11:30 a.m. at the library, 585 Franklin St. The program is centered around the science of seed saving, and allows home gardeners to grow and maintain heirloom, or open-pollinated, seeds. The goals are to maintain diversity in the food supply, preserve cultural heritage, ensure continuation of certain plant species and generate seeds for their seed libraries. During the Saturday event, participants will be provided with seeds and taught how to grow and

care for them. This year, the heirloom bean Cherokee Trail of Tears was selected for the community growing program. Midsummer workshops on canning beans will be presented at the Mountain View Public Library on July 23, and seed harvesting programs will be presented at the end of the growing season on Sept. 13. Gardeners of all ages are welcome at the events. Silicon Valley Grows will also host events in Campbell, Santa Clara and Saratoga. For more information about the Mountain View Public Library event, contact librarian Emily Weak at or 650-526-7020. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Kayla Layaoen



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crowd of residents marched from Rengstorff Park to City Hall on May 1, calling attention to problems created by the country’s immigration policies. About 115 people joined the annual May Day march, carrying signs that said “Immigrants enrich America” and “Just and humane immigration reform” and “keep families together” among others. “What this march means for me is hope for the community,” said Sahara Velez as the marchers rounded El Camino Real onto Castro Street. “As a community we can fight for our citizenship.” Some in the crowd said American economic forces and policies were causing a sort of “forced migration” to the United States, and put some blame on the North American Free Trade Agreement for causing poverty in Mexico. But it’s not always for jobs that people leave Latin America, Velez said. She said she no longer felt safe in Mexico after she was kidnapped and held for ransom. After her release, she decided to seek out her brother in the U.S., even though it meant crossing the border illegally. “It feels safe to live here,” said Velez, who works as a live-in nanny in Los Altos. “I am very lucky to be in this position. I can’t be there anymore because I will feel insecure.”

Resident Wendee Crofoot said immigrants deserved a “clearly defined path to citizenship, similar to how my family came eight generations ago.” Velez says she is trying to get her citizenship, having applied before she came, but “it takes forever.” Sunnyvale resident Kevin Morales was carrying a sign that said, “The parties change, the injustices continue.” He said that President Barack Obama has deported more people than any president before him. Democrats say fixing the problem is a top priority, “but so far they’ve done the exact opposite,” he said. When asked what motivated him to march, one man simply said “Have you ever had your entire family separated?” and declined to say anything more. When marchers arrived at Civic Center plaza, they were met by live music and church choir singing “De Colores”, a traditional Mexican folk song sung by the United Farm Workers union during its heyday. Former Mayor Laura Macias read the Emily Lazarus poem that’s engraved on the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” Macias, now president of Sacred Heart Nativity Schools in San Jose, said immigration

defines who we are as a country and said there is no such thing as a “zero-generation American.” If you’ve come to the U.S. “you are a first-generation American.” Former mayor and former state Sen. Sally Lieber encouraged the crowd, saying “Don’t give up before the breakthrough!” She said she believed that California would soon issue drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants again. Day Worker Center director Maria Marroquin, who went on a hunger strike for immigration reform a year ago, was jubilant all day despite the smaller turnout this year. “This is one of many steps we have to take together,” she told the crowd. Margaret Capriles was the only candidate in this year’s City Council race to accept an invitation to speak at the rally. “The special thing about Mountain View is its diversity,” Capriles said. “I just hope we can make sure every one of you can vote.” She thanked Marroquin and Pulitzer prize winner and former Mountain View resident Jose Antonio Vargas for keeping immigration issues in front of people. When asked by the Voice if she would follow Marroquin’s suggestion that the city pass an ordinance allowing non-citizen Mountain View residents be allowed to vote in local elections, she said, “I would love to.” Email Daniel DeBolt at


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Mixed results for local robots at championships MVHS ROBOTICS TEAMS HAS BAD BREAK, WHILE NASA TEAM TAKES FIRST IN WORLD By Kevin Forestieri


undreds of robotics teams from across the world competed at the robotics championship in St. Louis late last month. While many Bay Area teams performed well, the Cheesy Poofs — a NASA Ames robotics team — came home as world champions. In the competition, teams form “alliances” and play a game called aerial assist, where their robots work together to bounce, throw, hit or push a 24-inch medicine ball into one of two goals to score points. The more the robots assist each other to score goals, the more points the team gets. The tournament is hosted by For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. The Cheesy Poofs, or team 254, came in first place out of the 400 participating teams, their second championship win in the last four years. Founded in 1998, the Cheesy Poofs have grown into a team of 150 students from Bellarmine College


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Preparatory in San Jose. The team’s robot for this year’s competition is named Barrage. Weighing in at 95 pounds, the six-engine, six-wheeled robot can move as fast as 18 feet per second in high gear, and can control up to three balls at a time, according to the team’s robot statistics. Spartan Robotics, the Mountain View High School robotics team, went into the championship with two wins under its belt; the team won first place at the Sacramento and Silicon Valley regionals, picking up awards for robot design and creativity. Their robot, Mammoth, is a quick-moving robot with “tusks” that made it easy for the team to manipulate the ball. Their strategy at tournaments involved a team effort between mentors and students. A mentor would record a video of every match, and afterward would take it down to the students in the pit to watch it and analyze. Spartan Robotics made it to the finals of their division but eventually lost, though through no fault of their own. One robot in their

alliance had a loose battery connection, and sat dead in the field while the game continued, according to Wyn Schuh, head mentor for Spartan Robotics. The team lost to an alliance that included Citrus Circuits, a team out of Davis that practiced with Spartan Robotics prior to the event. Spartan Robotics also practiced with the Cheesy Poofs, on the weekend heading into the championship. Now that this year’s competition is over, both Barrage and Mammoth will retire from competitions. Because of the format of the robotics tournaments, each year has a different game that will require a completely different type of robot, making the old ones obsolete. Schuh said the old robots are sometimes used for demonstrations and new recruitment, and other times get cannibalized for new projects. She said earlier this year, old robot parts were used to make a defense robot designed to block shots. Email Kevin Forestieri at


MVHS robotics team’s video wins a medal LOCAL STUDENTS NOW IN FINALS AT ANAHEIM COMPETITION By Kayla Layaoen


ne of Mountain View High School’s robotics teams, the Green MacHHHHine, took home a a first place medal at the VEX world championships in Anaheim April 26, placing 20th in the robotics tournament and winning a first prize for their educational video. There are 6,000 high school robotics teams in VEX leagues worldwide. Of those 6,000, only 430 are invited to compete at the world championships. At the competition, robots compete with each other in a sports-style tournament, working at first in random pairings during two-on-two matches for about half of the day. After that, they get to choose permanent alliances to compete with for the remainder of the competition. This year, robots scored points by putting Buckyballs into 12-inch goalposts, which double as a “bridge” for the robots to slide under. They also were required to drive over a 2-inch bump and be able to maneuver 17-inch balls around the court.

For the first 15 seconds, the robots are completely autonomous. After that, teams allow their drivers to control the robots during the game. Green MacHHHHine’s driver, Timmy Beckmann, said that due to the number of different tasks the robot had to perform, the design was always changing. “We experimented with certain wheel bases to allow us to get over the bump, and also different lift mechanisms in order to raise the robot up and down. Our robot changed at every meeting as we added more and more iterations,” Beckmann said. Teams were also able to elect to earn extra points outside of matches by demonstrating that their robot could latch onto and hang from a 40-inch bar, as the Green MacHHHHine’s robot was able to do. “There’s a lot of stuff that the robots have to do. You get the challenge at the beginning of the year, and you have to decide how to build your robot to perform all these different aspects of the game,” said Irv Kalb, one of the team’s mentors. They placed fourth during

the California State Championships, which was not a high enough ranking to propel them to the world championships. However, there were alternate ways to qualify. Teams are also asked to submit one promotional video for the competition and one educational video as well. The Green MacHHHHine’s educational video, Mythbusters: Wheels Vs. Treads, took first place in the world this year, and is what got the Green MacHHHHine their invitation to compete at the world championships. They placed in the top 10 for their promotional video. Two years ago, their educational video Bill Fly the Robot Guy also took first place in the world. In addition to filming the videos, they also wrote five essays on the topic of how VEX has helped them and created a website. There are still more awards to be won at both the local and worldwide levels. Called Excellence Awards, they are presented to teams based on speeches and interviews. The Green MacHHHHine team has taken home six

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the bottom of the Parkview West complex, where police were able to close the gate and trap the lion inside while they prepared the tranquilizer rifle. Jaeger said that the mountain lion was tagged prior to the incident by the Santa Cruz Puma Project, a wildlife research organization, and it was an associate with the puma project that fired the tranquilizer at the mountain lion. It took about five minutes for the tranquilizer to take effect, then police and game wardens from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife captured and

transported the mountain lion out of the area. Jaeger said police are happy the situation resolved itself positively. He said public safety is the departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first priority, but officers donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to take the life of anything if they can avoid it. The mountain lion, which was trending on Twitter as #MVpuma, is known as 46M to the Santa Cruz Puma project, which identified it as a male juvenile, 18- to 24-months-old, that was living with its mother and brother east of Boulder Creek when it was trapped, tagged and released in January.

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also said that the number of requirements for public benefits and environmental mitigations would also keep all 3.4 million square feet to be allowed in North Bayshore from being developed all at once. According to the letters from LinkedIn and HCP, the projects would use aggressive transportation programs for employees to meet the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal of having solo vehicle drivers equal only 45 percent of all trips into North Bayshore.


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great quality of life for residents in Mountain View.” Matichak was founding president of the Wagon Wheel Neighborhood Association seven years ago, created as the neighborhood fought off a housing project along the Hetch-Hetchy bike and pedestrian trail that would have blocked her view of the Santa Cruz mountains with 64, threestory homes. The Sierra Club, Greenbelt Alliance and environmentally minded residents supported the project as a way to reduce commuter traffic to the neighborhood, which is also home to large office campuses for Google and others. Since then, Matichak has taken a stance for relatively slower housing growth as a planning commissioner, including her vote against the possibility of zoning for 1,100 homes in North Bayshore proposed as a way to house

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“The jobs-housing issue was very, very big,” in the 1990s, Showalter said. “That’s when we developed the (below market rate housing) ordinance and we tried to come up with a way to promote all levels of affordable housing. There were also really serious traffic issues we worked on solving.” Showalter is water resources manager for the Santa Clara Valley Water District and a resident of Waverly Park who has lived in Mountain View 30 years. She says she is able to run now because of “changes in my personal life, my kids are older and I have more time.” She says her top priorities include “environmental protection, promoting a high quality of life and also regional collaboration. I think a lot of problems we have in Mountain View, they don’t stop at our border.” When it comes to working with other cities to address the region’s housing problem, “I don’t think that means we don’t need to build houses too,” she said, “I think it’s both, not either/or.” Showalter says she definitely supports efforts to rezone portions of the city to create a better balance between office and housing growth. She pointed to Whisman Station and the Crossings as successful housing projects when she was on the planning commission. Both were built on former commercial or industrial sites. “I have kids that are in their late 20s,” Showalter said. “I would like for them to someday be able

Google employees. She said the potential environmental impacts to Shoreline wildlife outweigh any benefits that would have come from reducing commuter traffic. Matichak says her top priorities include balancing the city’s budget, transportation improvements, making sure police and fire services are adequate and bringing park space to undeserved areas to meet the city’s goal of 3 acres of park space per 1,000 residents. The neighborhoods known as “Rengstorff, Sylvan-Dale and San Antonio are the three that are most below that metric,” Matichak said. If Mountain View is at a crossroads between its suburban past and becoming a more urban place to make room for employees in its booming tech industry, Matichak isn’t advocating for the latter. “There are certainly a lot of young folks want to live in San Francisco but they maybe want to work for companies who have offices in Mountain View,” Matichak said. “I don’t think everyone

who works in Mountain View wants to live in Mountain View.” A major difference between Matichak and candidates Ken Rosenberg and Pat Showalter is that Matichak is less interested in balancing office growth with housing growth within the city’s limits. Calling it a “regional issue,” she says other cities need to take responsibility for building housing for Mountain View’s growing workforce. “There are a lot of cities who do have land that could have homes built on it. I think the key here is having efficient transportation,” she said. When asked which cities could be expected to take on housing needs for Mountain View’s many proposed office developments, given the similar housing shortages in Redwood City, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Sunnyvale and Santa Clara, Matichak suggested coordinated efforts with the South Bay and East Bay, saying “We need a stronger organization to get all of the different communities, including the South

Bay the East Bay, to coordinate their efforts. I don’t view this as Mountain View’s issue.” Matichak said that regional coordination is key. “I could imagine it would be a separate group of individuals that represent the different communities who could come up with creative ways of adding housing,” she said. “There are some organizations that already exist but I don’t think they have any enforcement capability.” The Association of Bay Area Governments is one such organization, and council members in the past have cried foul for receiving an F grade for not meeting housing production goals in ABAG’s “regional housing needs allocation” for Mountain View. Matichak says she has developed insight into how the city works after joining the planning commission in 2010 and serving as its chair last year. “I have a great network of people throughout the city,” Matichak said. A key part of Matchak’s cam-

paign is preserving Mountain View’s “character,” a word that has been echoed by many residents who want to see the city slow its growth. She says she is glad to see the City Council begin to scale back the massive amount of office growth in the city’s planning pipeline, as the council did for a large office project last month — one of several in her neighborhood — at 700 East Middlefield Road. And she wants to see small businesses stay in the city, such as the Milk Pail market, despite many pressures now driving them out. She says “shared parking” is key not just for the Mail Pail, but for small businesses on El Camino Real that are losing parking lots in redevelopment projects. It is important that proposed development fit in with character of existing neighborhoods, Matichak said. “It is that character that attracted a lot of people to live in Mountain View.”

to live in Mountain View, but right now it doesn’t ever look like it’s going to be possible for them. That makes me kind of sad.” She was reportedly known as one of the more progressive members of the planning commission during the 1990s. She says that if she had been on the commission during 2012, she would have been part of the majority that recommended the City Council consider a plan for 1,100 homes in North Bayshore near Google headquarters, a proposal which the City Council rejected and which council candidates Lisa Matichak and Margaret Capriles have said they do not support. Showalter says there is “a serious distinction” between making a recommendation on the commission and acting on the same recommendation as a City Council member. “I’m really interested in considering all the possibilities for housing but wouldn’t want to say I want to OK any specific project,” Showalter said. “We need to be very mindful of the balance that’s created. Every project needs to be evaluated on its own merit, it needs to be considered very carefully how it fits into the whole, the cumulative impacts.” “I think there are a lot of economic forces outside of our control,” Showalter said. “It’s very much a mixed blessing we have here. We have a great economic engine and a very, very low unemployment rate. The flip-side is we have these social issues that are very, very serious that have to be worked on.” As for the city’s jobs-housing ratio, Showalter says the city

needs “to have serious discussion about ‘What do we think it should be?’” noting that it has “never been close to 1:1.” The ratio is now two jobs for every home and rising. “I don’t think we’ve ever had that conversation about what things would look like at various levels,” she said. As a mother she’s been been a Girl Scout leader and PTA member. She’s also been on the board of the Mountain ViewLos Altos chapter of the League of Women Voters. “As a civil engineer I have specialized in water resources engineering my whole career, especially environmental restoration work,” Showalter said. “A voice on the council that has that technical expertise would be a good thing.” It should be noted that her employer’s jurisdiction over several Mountain View creeks, and its position as a supplier of water to 10 percent of the city’s residents, may mean that she would have to recuse herself from related council actions. Like the five other candidates who say they will enter by the August deadline, Jim Neal, Margaret Capriles, Ken Rosenberg, Lisa Matichak and Helen Wolter, Showalter says she will stick with the city’s voluntary campaign expenditure limit of $22,030. “I’m really struck by how we are facing just huge changes right now, so I feel like there’s a need,” Showalter said of her decision to run. “And my husband is retired now too, so that helps.”


The unique timespan of the program (one year as opposed to nine months for most high school programs) allows for the team to continue improving their robot and fine-tuning for world championships throughout the year. The team was able to improve its design this year after the first two competitions, switching from a claw-type mechanism, which Irv said was too large, to a six-bar mechanism that extends from the robot when needed and then retracts in order to keep it compact. “Since the program goes on on all year long, it allows you to iterate your design. You go to a competition with one approach, you see how well it works, and based on how well you do in the competition, you can modify your design,” Irv said. There are six students on the team, and not all of them attend Mountain View High School. Beckmann attends Homestead High School, whose robotics team competes in a different league, and another team member is home-schooled. The team has four mentors, all with backgrounds in engineering. Though the students are supported by their mentors, the team’s philosophy is that the students are the ones who should be driving the project and be primarily responsible for their robot. The mentors are there to teach and guide the students but the students are the only ones that actually build the robot. So we do all the work, we design it, make the mistakes, learn from it and get to do all the building ourselves. It’s really a learning experience for all the students,” Robbie said.

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local and two worldwide awards in the past four years. The cost of building the robot were covered through corporate sponsorships and family donations. “Our budget for building the robot was about on the order of $3,000, which is actually very good, very low for a robotics competition,” Irv said. “There are other competitions where a typical robot could cost up to $30,000. We’ve chosen to be in this league and one of the reasons is the low-cost nature of it.” The Green MacHHHHine team has competed at the VEX world championships in each of the last four years that they have had a team. In 2011 and 2013, they placed in the top 10. “Being able to go to the world championships four years in a row is an amazing feat,” Beckmann said. According to Robbie Kalb, the team captain and a senior at Mountain View High School, the team begins brainstorming shortly after the next year’s project is released in April. They work throughout the summer to design a prototype and prepare for the competitions. Though their first prototype is usually completed shortly after the summer’s end, they do not stop working on it until it is almost time for the world championships. “The robot is never finished. There’s always work to do on it. There’s always ways to make it better. There’s always new things to try, things to perfect,” Irv said.

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ness and pain in the joints that make it hard to get out of bed. She wakes up at 5:45 a.m. and stays in bed for about an hour before getting up. Cold mornings make it even worse, and she needs to wear gloves or her fingers will freeze up. Taves gave herself a time cushion and set up her schedule to have a study hall first period, and no class for second period. Once at school, Taves has to manage her energy to avoid getting exhausted. She compared it to balancing a budget, making sure she doesn’t “overspend” her energy. She said she feels pretty close to normal from noon to about 5 p.m., and by 6:30 p.m. the fatigue starts to set in. Despite the difficulties, Taves manages to keep an upbeat attitude and stay resilient. Her physical education teacher, Barbara Kaufman, said you can’t

help but like her. Kaufman said Taves always pushes herself in class, and on her good days she does not want to stop. “She just doesn’t show pain,” Kaufman said. “She doesn’t complain ever, even about the chemo.” Outside of school, Taves likes to do yoga at The Dailey Method in downtown Los Altos. Yoga is a low-impact exercise, meaning less stress on joints, and can help to stretch out some of the stiffness that comes with arthritis. She also likes to cook and bake. Prior to the Walk to Cure Arthritis, Taves will host a bake sale on Friday, May 16, making sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, meringues, brownies and more. Taves said she had a very active lifestyle before she was diagnosed with spondyloarthropathy, a type of juvenile idiopathic arthritis, at age 10. The arthritis started in her knee and spread to 27 joints in her body, including her fingers,

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elbows, back and shoulders. Taves said when she was diagnosed, her active lifestyle was severely restricted. She used to dance, play softball, basketball and soccer, but in the years after the diagnosis, she wasn’t allowed to do much of anything. “I couldn’t run, jump or play,” Taves said. “No P.E., I couldn’t even run with friends.” Taves attended a summer camp for children ages 8-13 with arthritis and other rheumatic diseases called Camp Milagros. Despite the three or four doctors on-site at all times, it’s the closest thing some kids get to feeling normal. “The camps brought me a sense of normalcy that I couldn’t find elsewhere,” Taves said. She later attended a teen retreat for kids ages 14-18 with juvenile arthritis, where they spend the weekend in a cabin just north of San Francisco and visit the city. Beyond building relationships, Taves said both camps teach kids to self-advocate and have inside-and-out knowledge of their disease — and with good reason. Many people do not know what juvenile arthritis is, or are unaware arthritis can affect children. In elementary school, Taves said her school nurse did not know about juvenile arthritis, and thought she faked her injury when she tried to run and bent her ankle out of shape. She said she is the first case of juvenile arthritis school administrators at Mountain View High School have dealt with, but that the school has been extremely accommodating and even offered to give her tutoring services. Taves still has to face hurdles like passing the California Physical Fitness Testing (PFT). If she fails to perform them, she will have to retake P.E. next semester. So far Taves passed the flexibility and upper body strength exercises, but still has to run and do sit-ups in order to pass. Both exercises put a lot of stress on joints all over her body, which can make the test difficult, painful, and possibly dangerous. “Isn’t it crazy that she has to do that?” said Suzanne Taves, who thinks it’s unfair her daughter might have to retake P.E. because of a disease she has no control over. Katie Taves said Kaufman does a lot to help ease the pain of doing these tests. Kaufman told Taves that she can perform these tests on her “best” days, days where her joints are giving her the least trouble, to better her chances of getting through the test successfully and without injury. Taves is soliciting funds for the 2014 San Francisco Walk to Cure Arthritis, and raised over $8,000 as of early May — about 25 percent more than anyone else. Information on the arthritis foundation and the event is at V





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t is not an overstatement to say that the creation of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District in 1972 is the single biggest reason for the extensive open space and recreational opportunities we enjoy today up and down the Peninsula, and out to the coast. One need only look west to the tree-covered coastal mountains to see the legacy of that voter initiative, passed locally the same historic year as voters statewide established the California Coastal Commission to protect the entire coastline. On the June 3 ballot, voters in Mountain View and the 16 other Santa Clara and San Mateo county cities that make up the open-space district will have the chance to ensure these lands are maintained properly and made more accessible for public enjoyment over the next few decades. Measure AA, which requires a two-thirds vote for passage, authorizes the sale of up to $300 million in general obligation bonds over 30 years. It will increase local property taxes by up to $3.18 per $100,000 in assessed valuation, or about $30 a year for a homeowner with a property assessed at $1 million. The districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current operations are funded primarily through a property tax of $17 per $100,000 in assessed value, which will continue unaffected by the outcome of Measure AA. Over its 41-year history, there has always been a tension between land acquisition, whose aim is to seize opportunities as they arise to convert private land holdings into public open space, and developing trails and other facilities that allow the public to enjoy these acquired lands. The elected governing board has done a good job over the years at this delicate balancing act, and the result is 62,000 acres in 26 different preserves between Los Gatos and San Carlos and from the Bay to the ocean are open for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Over the last year and a half, the district has undertaken a public process to evaluate its priorities and develop a vision and plan for the next 40 years. After input from many public meetings, the district has created a list of 25 priority projects that will be undertaken if the bond measure passes.

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DEREGULATION, NOT HIGH WAGES, AT FAULT I am currently involved in a campaign to increase the minimum wage in Mountain View. The campaign has been opposed by unexamined economic thinking and neo-conservative political ideology. Right-wing politicians at all levels seem blinkered in their economic views with a willful ignorance of the full complexity of the economic arguments. This is reflected in the response I received from a Mountain View council member opposed to increasing the minimum wage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is no reasoned economic justification for politicians to selectively manipulate free exchange in business and employment by imposing arbitrary minimum wage rates or other price controls.â&#x20AC;? Such hands-off economic thinking spectacularly crashed the economy in 2008 and ordi-

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nary people have still not recovered. In 2012, 46.5 million (one in seven) people were living in poverty in the United States â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the largest number in the 54 years the Census has measured poverty. However, the wealthy and big corporations are doing nicely. When the people ask to be rewarded fairly for their labor and to share in the new wealth being generated, the response most of the time is a resounding â&#x20AC;&#x153;No!â&#x20AC;? Last week, Senate Republicans blocked a measure that would have raised the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour over the next three years, up from the current rate of $7.25 an hour. It would have been the first hike in five years. Arin Dube, associate professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, in his testimony at the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee hearing on minimum wage and indexation on March 14, stated that recent Continued on next page

These include opening more areas to public access, improving and constructing more trails and facilities, restoring creeks and streams, and strategic acquisition of additional land as it becomes available. A list of the specific projects can be found on the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website at We are strong believers in the work of the Midpeninsula Open Space District and the value it brings to our increasingly urbanized environment. Having such extensive open space so close is a major contributor to our quality of life in this region. We are also heartened by the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s commitment to focusing on increasing the public use and accessibility of these publicly funded lands rather than simple preservation. Going forward, the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s success should be measured by how many new trails, trail connections and facilities are added, and the extent that opportunities for all types of users, including hikers, bikers, horseback riders, campers and particularly dog owners are significantly expanded. The public made clear these desires during the public meetings in preparation for the bond measure proposal, and the district needs to move in this direction regardless of the passage of Measure AA. The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is made up of the cities of Mountain View, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, Atherton, Portola Valley, Woodside, Redwood City, San Carlos, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Monte Sereno and Half Moon Bay. In essence, the taxpayers in these cities have banded together for the last four decades to preserve open space in perpetuity and create opportunities for readily accessible recreational activities. Measure AA provides a way of spreading the costs of significantly improving these opportunities at a very low cost per taxpayer. It is hard to imagine a more important public investment than to maintain and improve the valuable open space that provides us with beautiful views, recreational opportunities and protection against development. We urge a â&#x20AC;&#x153;yesâ&#x20AC;? vote on Measure AA on the June 3 ballot.

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evidence does not find job losses of any sizable magnitude due to minimum wage increases. The ideological fantasy that government has no place in economics epitomizes an abdication of political responsibility and is even anti-democratic. It is not socialism for people to ask for fair returns on their labor. It is common sense. Joanne Knight Politically Inspired Action, Mountain View




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