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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.

One state initiative on the ballot, Proposition 13, bids to charge taxpayers $15 billion for school facilities upgrades statewide to ensure student health and safety.

Among the candidates running for office, longtime U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, State Assemblyman Marc Berman and Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian are seeking re-election.

The State Senate District 13 race is the most competitive, with five Democrats – Mike Brownrigg, Shelly Masur, Josh Becker, Annie Oliva and Sally Lieber – running for the termed-out Jerry Hill’s seat. Also running are Los Altos resident Alex Glew, a Republican, and John Webster of Mountain View, a Libertarian. The top two vote-getters will square off in the November general election.

The Los Altos-Mountain View League of Women Voters has scheduled a forum to review the pros and cons of the March 3 ballot measures 7 p.m. Thursday at the Mountain View Public Library, 585 Franklin St.

Up for discussion is Mountain View’s Measure D, Proposition 13, the local school district bonds and the Voters Choice Act system. The new system, which would allow voters to cast their ballots at any voting center of their choice, is scheduled to take effect Saturday.

For more information on the forum and the March 3 election, visit lwvlamv.org.

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