Meet the Mountain View City Council candidates

Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election – none of them incumbents. The Town Crier asked them to introduce themselves to readers in the following Q&A format. We knew there were more questions than space to answer them all, so we invited candidates to pick and choose the responses most important to them. To make space for the candidate’s own words, we abbreviate the questions asked after the first use.

Measure N on the 2014 Gubernatorial General Election ballot Nov. 4 authorizes the Los Altos School District to “issue $150 million in bonds at legal rates, with independent citizens’ oversight, annual audits and no money for administrators’ salaries.” It requires a 55 percent affirmative vote for passage.


League of Women Voters release election forum schedule

The Los Altos-Mountain View League of Women Voters’ has scheduled several forums for the Nov. 4 election. The events are free, except where noted, and open to the public. The schedule follows:

• Lunch with the League – Propositions 1, 45 and 46 and the water bond 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 19 at Ristorante Bella Vita, 376 First St., Los Altos. Cost: $27. Register at


A flood of candidates seek seats on high school board

Two incumbents and five newcomers are vying for seats on the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees – a significant increase in the number of candidates who have run over the past 10 years.

According to data from the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters, no more than three candidates have run for seats on the board in the past four elections.


Candidate pushes for ambitious goals

Los Altos Hills resident John Swan, 63, is one of five candidates in the Nov. 4 election to fill three open seats on the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees. Swan, a business development executive, served as a member of the district’s Superintendent’s 2013 Task Force on Growth. He also serves on the West Valley-Mission College Foundation and the Community Technology Alliance boards. He has engineering, physics and business degrees from San Jose State and Santa Clara universities, respectively.


Election canceled in Los Altos Hills

The November ballot will be as empty as the Los Altos Hills Council Chambers last week, when the city council voted unanimously to cancel the Nov. 4 election.

Not a single resident showed up at the Aug. 20 special meeting to weigh in on the decision to cancel the town’s second consecutive uncontested election.


Candidates finalized for schools, councils

Election season is officially in full swing, as eligible candidates for various city council and school district seats met Friday’s filing deadline set by the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters.


Newcomer joins MVLA school board race

Mountain View High School parent Fiona Walter recently declared her intent to run for one of three seats in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees race in November.

Walter is no stranger to leadership – she recently served as Mountain View High’s PTSA president and previously served eight years on the Mountain View Whisman School District Board of Trustees.


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