Tankha, Tyson to join Los Altos Hills council

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Kavita Tankha, seated, in black, and Joan Sherlock watch election results on the television beside George Tyson, standing, and Los Altos Hills City Councilwoman Michelle Wu Tuesday night at Wu’s Los Altos Hills home. Tankha's husband, Raj Bahri, is pictured at far left. Tankha and Tyson ultimately won the two open seats on the council.

While campaign sign vandalism and theft and accusations of misleading advertising characterized other Silicon Valley election contests, the race for Los Altos Hills City Council remained a staid affair – two of the three candidates declined to erect campaign signage.

Making her (story) All-female LA council must work together, despite differences

It appears that this is the Los Altos City Council’s “Year of the Woman,” as the newly elected Anita Enander and Neysa Fligor join incumbents Jeannie Bruins, Lynette Lee Eng and Jan Pepper on the dais.

The 'no' votes have it in fractious Measure C race

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Attendees of the No on Measure C election party mingle inside 359 State St., an empty downtown Los Altos shop previously home to Los Altos Research Center.

When the dust settled from phone calling, door knocking and campaign sign posting, the “no” votes outweighed the “yeses,” as one of Los Altos’ most controversial initiatives in years was heading to defeat in the Nov. 6 election.

Measure C, which would have required any land-use change to city-owned property larger than 7,500 square feet to go before voters, was losing by 363 votes as of Monday morning. Tallies compiled by the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters reported 4,206 votes against the measure (52.25 percent) versus 3,843 in favor (47.75 percent).

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.

Measure B legal challenge continues

The legal challenge to Measure B continues. Mountain View attorney Gary Wesley filed a petition for rehearing Nov. 1 following a state Court of Appeal ruling Oct. 18 upholding the validity of the 2016 voter-approved measure to fund transportation projects.

Bad sign: Local campaigns marred by thefts, shifty ads

Reflecting some of the politics traditionally associated with national races, Los Altos campaigning in the 2018 general election is being soiled by a rash of stolen signs, attacks on candidates and misleading advertising.

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