Mountain View council's rent control amendment falls flat with voters

Measure D was the Mountain View City Council’s attempt at a compromise proposal that would retain rent control while cutting the landlords some slack. But voters, in a city in which approximately two-thirds of the residents are renters, weren’t having it.

The measure, which would have raised the cap on annual rent increases to 4%, was soundly defeated in the March 3 primary election.


Los Altos' Glew hanging on to second as State Senate race tightens

Latest results show the gap among the top four candidates has narrowed considerably in the race for State Senator in District 13, which includes Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View.

March 3 ballot filled with school bonds & candidates

Note: This story has been updated to correct errors that appeared in the print edition.

Los Altos and Mountain View residents have multiple reasons to take an active interest in the March 3 primary election.

Several initiatives on the ballot are asking for money. Measures G and H, put forward by the Foothill-De Anza Community College District, propose an $898 million bond and a $5.6 million parcel tax, respectively. Measure T, in the Mountain View Whisman School District, proposes a $259 million bond, while south Los Altos voters will weigh in on a Cupertino Union School District request for a $4.3 million parcel tax under Measure O.

Election outcomes clearer in later returns

It took nearly two weeks, but supporters and opponents of local candidates and ballot measures in the Nov. 6 election are now fairly certain how residents voted – with one exception.

In Mountain View, incumbent Councilwoman Pat Showalter benefited from a flurry of late ballots to come from 155 votes behind at one point and overtake challenger Alison Hicks in the race for the third open city council seat. Showalter did not take a lead in the vote count until nearly a week after the election. As of Monday, that race was still too close to call, with 14 votes separating the two candidates.

Incumbents hold strong in LASD, MVLA school board races


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Los Altos School District Board of Trustees candidate Vladimir Ivanovic, left, watches election results with Vinai Sirkay, husband of board candidate Vaishali Sirkay, at a Courtyard by Marriott gathering in Los Altos Nov. 6. Ivanovic finished second in the race, allowing him to keep his seat on the board. Vaishali Sirkay won the third open seat.

Incumbents retained their seats on local school boards, and newcomers Catherine Vonnegut and Vaishali Sirkay will also join the high school and elementary school district boards, respectively.


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