It’s early June, another election is behind us, school is out, summer is around the corner and we’re all thumbs.
Thumbs-up: To the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District, whose students will get to enjoy updated and expanded facilities thanks to voters’ June 5 approval of Measure E. The $295 million bond cleared the 55 percent threshold required for passage quite comfortably and, with 67 percent of voters in favor, would have cleared the two-thirds majority required of such measures in the past. As a result, work on upgraded cafeterias, libraries and modernized classrooms is scheduled to begin next year and wrap up in 2020.
Thumbs-up: To Community Services Agency of Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills for being named Nonprofit of the Year by Assemblyman Marc Berman’s office. The honor is well deserved. CSA has been a community safety net for more than 60 years, helping the area’s underserved by providing food and shelter. Led by Los Altos resident Tom Myers, the agency continues to fulfill its mission in the face of increasing need and dwindling resources. Help is always appreciated – visit csacares.org for details.
Thumbs-up: To the Mountain View City Council for striking a balance between generating revenue and minimizing impact on its business community by adopting a new structure for business-license fee increases. Although the council generally agreed that the city was due for a rate hike after 64 years, council members had to juggle a host of divergent opinions on which businesses should be charged and how much. The reasoning for the increases is solid – businesses should pay for the impact they have on city infrastructure when they create jobs and bring in more people. Under the new plan, subject to voter approval in November, the city would collect nearly $6 million annually in license fees that would primarily fund transportation improvements. In the end, businesses benefit because upgraded roads and additional alternative sources of transportation mean easing the now out-of-control commutes and better accommodating that job growth. In other words: a win-win.