Voter Service Highlights

In addition to pre-registering students at Los Altos High School, the Voter Services’ team has been very busy the last few months.  

New Citizen’s Ceremony: Seven League volunteers helped to register  522 voters from over 60 countries at the July 25th New Citizen Ceremony in Campbell where we also we also talked  to everyone about the upcoming Census and the Voter’s Choice Act changes to election procedures in Santa Clara County.

National Voter Registration Day: Seven LAMV League volunteers had tables at Mountain View, Los Altos and Woodland libraries on National Voter Registration Day, September 24. While most people were either already registered or non-citizens, we had something useful to say to all 89 people we talked to during our 3 hours at the libraries. In Mountain View, none of the non-citizens were aware they should fill out the census too.  They appreciated hearing that they can contribute to their communities by participating in the census. 

LWV Supports Foothill College’s Political Awareness Day: On October 9th, LWV LAMV members partnered with Foothill College’s ASFC Student Government Leaders to hold an information session and rally to register students to vote and plan to participate in the 2020 Census.   Students dropped by our table to ask questions, register and get a ticket for the free Taco Bar.  We collected over a dozen completed registration forms and several forms went with students to be completed later. 

Foothill’s President Thuy Nguyen visited our League tables and thanked us for supporting Foothill College’s students.  Daphne Small, Foothill’s Director of Student Activities has asked if the League will support more student focused events in the January-February timeframe.     

Update from Our Housing Committee

Our Housing Committee advocates for increasing the supply of affordable housing in Los Altos and Mountain View area. The team monitors new condo and apartment developments as well as the rent stabilization program in Mountain View. Read copies of their Action Letters. They also keep track of state legislation that will impact local housing regulations, such as, the 25 new housing bills recently signed by Governor Newsom, some described below.

Local News

Mountain View

Oversized Vehicle Ban and Safe Parking: We have written/spoken against the oversized vehicle ban because it includes so many of the city’s streets and is not tied to finding safe parking for these vehicles.  Additions to safe parking spots are moving very slowly.  We will continue to monitor these issues.  Action Letter re: oversized vehicles & Action Letter re: Safe Parking .

To learn more about this issue: MV City Living in Vehicles and Homeless Information

CSFRA (Rent Stabilization):  We also are monitoring the discussion about amendments to CSFRA (Rent Stabilization), as our LWV studied and then took a position supporting this charter amendment.  The Council and the Rental Housing Committee are continuing to discuss what issues might be included in a ballot referendum, presently targeted for the March primary election.  One of the major concerns we have is the possibility of changing the annual rate of increase in rent to a flat number such as 5%, or even higher, rather than tying it to the CPI, which we believe is fairer to all.  We are also looking for ways to mitigate displacement, which is becoming a major issue. This is mainly because there are so many rental units built over 50 years ago that may need major rehab and/or can be scraped and built at higher density and/or more profitably as market-rate condos, townhomes, or rowhomes. Action Letter re: CSFRA.

Los Altos

In Los Altos, we continue to advocate for denser housing along El Camino and inclusion of the maximum possible number of below-market-rate units.  Oct. 22nd the Council will hold a hearing on 5150 El Camino Real, a 196-unit condo and townhome development that includes 28 BMRs (19% of the total units). Action Letter re: 5150 El Camino Real.

New Housing Bills Signed by the Governor

In addition to what’s happening locally, 25 new State laws affecting affordable housing were signed by the Governor, including:

AB 1482 caps rent increases and requires just cause for eviction.  This law will not replace CSFRA in Mtn. View, but it expands rent control to post 1995 rentals that have been built prior to the last 15 years.  The 15-year exemption is to allow developers that time period to ensure that they make the profits they anticipated when they initiated their developments.  Due to this exemption, plus the fact that with vacancy decontrol (meaning when there is tenant turnover the landlord can charge market rent), developers will not be discouraged from building, according to our research. This law will also apply to condos and single-family homes owned by corporations, not individuals.  The rent caps are 5% plus inflation (CPI), so not nearly as stringent as the CPI cap in Mtn. View for the pre-1995 rentals covered by CSFRA.  Los Altos and Los Altos Hills do not have any rent stabilization, so all rentals in these communities will be covered by AB 1482. Equally important, AB 1482 requires “just cause” for eviction, so that landlords cannot evict tenants without a valid reason, then raising the rent to market rent for new tenants. (LWVC supported this bill.)

SB 330 – The Housing Crisis Act of 2019. For 5 years this will prohibit downzonings, housing moratoria, and caps on building permits. It prohibits cities from changing fees or other requirements after preliminary applications have been submitted and streamlines the permitting and approval process. It contains anti-displacement measures and many other measures designed to accelerate housing production but protect tenants at the same time. This bill is perhaps the most controversial bill signed into law from the cities’ perspective.

AB 68, SB 13, AB 881 all relate to encouraging more accessory dwelling units (ADUs). Impact fees are reduced, owner-occupancy requirements are limited, permitting is streamlined, parking requirements are reduced amongst other loosening of the requirements for ADUs. (LWVC supported AB 68 and SB 13).

AB 1763 gives 100% affordable housing developments a higher density bonus and reduced parking.

AB 1486 strengthens the Surplus Land Act and SB 6 creates centralized database of surplus and vacant land. Surplus land is to be made available for affordable housing; these bills will make it easier to identify.

AB 1487 establishes the San Francisco Bay Area Housing Finance Authority, which will be able to place affordable housing revenue ballot measure before the Bay Area voters. This was an outgrowth of the CASA Compact and many local cities oppose this (especially the smaller ones.)

SB 329 prohibits discrimination because a tenant is using a housing voucher, such as Section 8, or any other government subsidy. (LWVC supported this bill.)

To look up state bills:  https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billSearchClient.xhtml 

A House Divided – From Polarization to Collaboration – Bringing Back Effective Government Workshop Report

Sponsored by the Santa Clara County Council Leagues of Women Voters and the Santa Clara County Council of the American Association of University Women, the workshop, held on September 21, 2019 at the Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, hosted 53 participants eager to use their civil discourse skills.

The background for this event focused on the situation that our country is having trouble making important decisions and solving problems in the United States. 

The workshop introduced a concept of the country starting out with diverse and competitive biases from their original countries and settled areas. 

 We progressed to discuss views about ways to bridge the divide based on

• Reducing dangerous, toxic talk

• Making and following fairer rules for politics

• Taking control and making decisions closer to home

Our conversation covered options, trade-offs, and agreements.

Participants completed a feedback form that included results covering:

  • 36 of 41 respondents felt the workshop was a valuable use of their time
  • Actions citizens could take to address this problem: increase participation in public and neighborhood meetings; get involved; hold local events to learn civil discourse; show support for transparency, participation & better outcomes; raise awareness; more civil discourse at city council meetings; grass roots community volunteering; be the change.
  • Future workshop topics: use of military funds; monetary reform in politics; global economy & outsourcing impact on Americans; local housing & transportation; climate change.

Interested in practicing how to converse with “the other side”? 

Join us Sunday, Oct. 20, 2-4pm in Cupertino to practice civil discourse and plan our 2020 program. Contact [email protected] to reserve a spot. 

Together we can revive civility. Our democracy depends on it.

Delegates Return from Convention

California Convention 2019
2019 California Convention

Karin Bricker

This was my first state convention and I enjoyed the chance to talk to people from other area leagues and to listen to speakers share the importance of increasing the diversity of our organizations and our democracy — to involve younger people of all races and ethnicities. Evidently this convention was already much more inclusive than the one in 2017. My favorite parts were the best practices sessions, sharing inspiring and practical ideas. One was on voter’s services projects and the other on advocacy and education activities. People applied to present and 5 projects were chosen for each session. All demonstrated effective collaboration with community partners.

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Lisa McLain

The state convention was a wonderful opportunity to learn what other leagues are doing and talk with members from throughout California, some who who have been members for decades and others who have joined recently.

In addition to voting on budgets, officers and  priorities for the next two years, we had the opportunity to attend a wide variety of caucuses and workshops. There was a very interesting workshop about how our implicit cultural biases impact us and limit our outreach to more diverse communities. I learned more about the Voter’s Choice Act, the upcoming Census and how to craft a better presentation. It was a very full weekend. 

I left the state convention with some good ideas, appreciative of our League’s work and thankful to live in voter friendly California.

Crownie Billik

I particularly enjoyed the plenary session. The session for me, was an adventure in democracy, as over 200 delegates , representing  53 local leagues, delegates voted/resolved the business, voted in new state positions, and set State priorities for action. 

I also very much enjoyed, meeting with a cross section of delegates at the Candidate Forum workshop, where we shared/discussed/role played practical ideas, to avoid confusion and promote civility at local league Candidate Forums. 

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Karin Fitzerald

As a new member to LWVLAMV I jumped at the chance to go to convention.  I have so much to learn.  Diversity inclusion caught my eye immediately because groups that are diverse are stronger. I got to attend a full day workshop on racial equity as well as shorter classes on transgender and prior incarcerated community issues.  I was comfortable enough to ask all the questions that pop up with these issues as well as made uncomfortable so that I could explore why I felt that way.  I learned to “understand before trying to be understood” and to push my boundaries.  One speaker talked about how each political party always tries to get out ‘their’ voters but more advantageous is to get disenfranchised communities involved in voting.  Expand the voting base.  Suffrage.  I hope to work in areas I am not comfortable to reach new voters and help disenfranchised communities with voting rights, changes and education as well as info about the census.  I also enjoyed finding out what other leagues were doing and all the aid that is available to us from their work.

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Ellen Wheeler

Delegates approved the following motion regarding charter schools at their 2019 convention in Pasadena. 

APPROVED: “Update Pre-K Education position to include charter schools’ accountability” 

Next steps: The approved motion will be taken up by the LWVC board, perhaps at their July board meeting. That board will begin their discussion of the process for how to utilize this motion. What was described to delegates on the floor is that the board will solicit local Leagues for their input. The state board will create explicit positions regarding this accountability provision regarding charter schools. (It was noted that the current Pre-K Education position for traditional public schools includes “accountability.”) The board may utilize the local study of LWV Fresno to inform their work. As is normal, these new positions will be voted on and approved by the LWVC board at an upcoming board meeting and will be activated at that time. Note that the standard LWVC norm is for all positions to be voted on at future LWVC conventions in their standard “re-affirmation of positions” segment during a plenary segment.

Ellen Wheeler is the education chairperson of LWV Santa Clara County. This charter school motion work will be discussed at future education committee meetings. Contact Ellen if you’d like to be added to this committee list. ([email protected])

I Voted

Voters Choice Act

In 2016 the California Legislature passed the Voters Choice Act (VCA) to increase flexibility and convenience for voters. Five counties piloted it for the 2016 Presidential election.  Santa Clara County and others will implement it for the 2020 elections.

Under the VCA every registered voter will receive a ballot in the mail starting 29 days before the election. The voter can return it by mail, drop it in a secure County drop box, or return it at any vote center in the County.

Vote centers will replace traditional polling places.  Approximately 25 vote centers will open eleven days before the election, 100 for four days before the elections, and 125 will be open throughout the County on Election Day.  

At these centers a voter may:

  • Vote in-person
  • Drop off their ballot
  • Get a replacement ballot
  • Vote using an accessible voting machine
  • Get help and voting material in multiple languages
  • Register to vote or update their voter registration

Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters VCA page:  

https://www.sccgov.org/sites/rov/VCA/Pages/home.aspx

California Secretary of State VCA page:  

https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/voters-choice-act/

— Claudia Hevel, Voter Services Committee

Our Voice, Our Vote Campaign October 16th – on KABC

Our local League of Women Voters joined a pilot initiative led by Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez and the Santa Clara County Office of Education to register high school students to vote.   100 volunteers visited 13 high schools across the San Jose area to register students and eligible pre-registration voters too.

Our local LWV Los Altos Mountain View members, Julie Cates, Carol Kuiper, Xiaoyan Zhao and Natalie Elefant  visited Yerba Buena High School in east side San Jose.  KABC sent a news crew to cover the event and you can watch their news segment, Pilot Registration Drive for High School Students in San Jose.

Foothill Community College Political Awareness Day October 10th

Our League of Women Voters Los Altos Mountain View members partnered with Foothill College’s President and student leaders to hold multiple election information sessions and a noon time “rally” to encourage students to register to vote.  Pete Stahl (a League member) spoke to two classes about the “Why, How, and What” of voting. The students were engaged during the talks, asked questions and, at the end, several students commented that they found the information very useful.

Julie Cates helped organize the event with Foothill College and Ellen Wheeler, Karin Bricker, Lisa McLain and Carol Kuiper staffed tables on the plaza helping students to learn how to complete voter registration forms.  They also encouraged students to help other students register to vote.

Mountain View City Council Meetings May 2018

Fiscal Year 2018-19 Narrative Budget Report and 10-Year Financial Forecast

On May 1st, the Council provided initial direction on recommendations for the FY 2018-19 budget. Staff indicated that the City continues to benefit from significant property tax growth resulting from new development and changes in property ownership. With a recommendation to add a net 14.5 new positions to address heavy workloads and increase staff capacity, the City is approaching the 2001-02 peak of approximately 650 positions. If the new positions are approved, there will be a total of 632.25 positions (ongoing and limited-period). Much of the increase will support the Community Development and Public Works departments, which are experiencing the heaviest workload due to significant demand for development in the City.

In the 10-year financial forecast, staff projects that the next recession will begin in Fiscal Year 2020-21, later than the previously projected 2018-19 timeframe. If the project is accurate, it would mark the longest economic expansion in recent history. Staff also forecasts modest deficits beginning from the projected recession through Fiscal Year 2027-28, the end of the forecast period.

The City projects $137.4 million in revenue and $124.8 million in expenditures in FY 2018-19. Using the surplus, Council approved staff recommendations, including funding a new Transportation Reserve and paying down employee pension unfunded liabilities. Additionally, responding to significant public support for new positions to focus on environmental sustainability, Council directed the City Manager to prepare for additional staffing to implement the anticipated recommendations from the Environmental Sustainability Task Force (ESTF-2). Finally, Council approved a number of other minor expenditures, including membership in an organization lobbying to address airplane noise, employee appreciation (potentially a one-time cash bonus), and new furniture in a council committee room.

Development of Commercial Cannabis Regulations

Council provided additional direction on the development of commercial cannabis regulations during a study session held on May 8th. A majority of the Council supported maintaining a 600-foot buffer from schools, but decreasing the buffer from child-care centers and day-care facilities. The Council also directed staff to study allowing storefront cannabis retail businesses in large retail centers (like the San Antonio Shopping Center and El Camino areas), Downtown, and Retail and Neighborhood Service areas (like North Bayshore and the East Whisman area). Finally, the Council supported limiting the total number of cannabis businesses permitted and establishing a permitting process.

2017 State of Mountain View Seniors Report & Age-Friendly City Update

The May 8th Council meeting included two consent items related to Mountain View’s senior population. (Consent items are usually non-controversial and approved without any discussion from the Council.)

The first was an update regarding the City’s World Health Organization’s (WHO) Age-Friendly City designation. This designation reflects a city’s efforts to support senior residents in eight “domains:” housing, transportation, communication and information, community support and health services, outdoor spaces and buildings, social participation, respect and social inclusion, and civic participation and employment. The WHO accepted the City of Mountain View as a new member of the Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities in February 2017. Subsequently, the City established an Age-Friendly Task Force that prioritized two domains: Community and Information, and Respect and Social Inclusion. The Task Force will create a resource guide for seniors and develop a community survey to gather more information about the needs of seniors in Mountain View.

The second item was “The State of Mountain View Seniors” annual report, prepared by the Senior Advisory Committee. The report includes an analysis of the demographics of the senior population in Mountain View as well as an assessment of the needs of and the existing services available to seniors. The report highlights the rapidly aging population as residents live longer, and it identifies housing affordability as a key issue affecting seniors in Mountain View.

North Bayshore Precise Plan and Master Plans

“Master Plans” show how an area is proposed to be developed over time. To implement the North Bayshore Precise Plan, Council previous approved the use of Master Plans to ensure the creation of three complete neighborhoods: Joaquin, Shorebird, and Pear. The Plans would include land uses, project size(s) and location(s), open space locations, new blocks, traffic circulation, conceptual architecture and infrastructure, and construction phasing. Each of the proposed new neighborhoods have unique considerations, most notably differences in the number of land owners and the amount of land owned in each of the areas.

On May 22nd, the Council reiterated its support for this conceptual planning process. Master Plans could be proposed by property owners or, particularly if there is not agreement between property owners, developed with City assistance.

— Lucas Ramirez, Observer

Annual Meeting Minutes June 2018

Minutes of Annual Meeting of LWV of Los Altos/Mountain View Area

June 2, 2018

The meeting was called to order at 10:25am.

Welcome and introductions

Sue Graham, president, introduced herself.  Crownie Billik was introduced as the parliamentarian and Sally Ahnger as the secretary for this meeting

Crownie reported that there was a quorum (10% of our membership or 21 people meets our quorum requirement). 

Number of members present: 26

The quorum report was adopted.

Adoption of Rules (majority)

The rules of the Annual Meeting as found on the inside cover of the Annual Meeting Kit, which determine how the meeting is conducted, were adopted. No proposals were made to change the rules.

Adoption of the Agenda (majority)

The agenda as found on page 1 of the Annual Meeting Kit was adopted. No proposals were made to change the agenda.

Accept 2017 minutes (no vote)

The minutes at the 2017 annual meeting were taken by Abby Longcor and reviewed by Bill Lambert, Emily Ramos, and Susan Younkin.

2018 Minutes

The members who will review the 2018 Annual Meeting minutes are:

Pamela Baird, Susan Younkin and Gary Hedden. Once reviewed they will be included in a summer issue of the Voter.

Treasurer’s report (no vote) Page 3

Presented by Sue Graham on behalf of the treasurer, Natalie Elefant.

Finances were stable this past year, with income increased by some very generous contributions from non-members.  The League-a-thon fund-raiser was not held due to ample reserves in the Leopold Fund.  The Board donated $5,000 from the Leopold Fund to the LWV US for the 2018 Youth Voter Registration Project. 

The financial reports for the end of the fiscal year 2017-2018, will be submitted for a financial review by the board after June 30 and will be sent out to the members within 120 days in our Voter.

Budget Committee Report (majority)

The proposed budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year as found on page 2 of the Annual Meeting Kit was developed by the budget committee, consisting of Pat Kassner, Natalie Elefant and Sue Graham. The committee’s comments are on page 3.

The League-a-thon fund-raiser will not be held next year because there are ample reserves in the Leopold Fund.  Dues will remain the same next year.  Expenses will be higher next year due to the 2018 election.  Convention expenses can be paid from the Leopold Fund, or cut back if necessary.

Questions:

The Leopold Fund is invested through Fidelity, in investments balanced by risk.  It has grown substantially over the last 20 years.

Is there an identified level in the Leopold Fund when we would resume the League-a-thon fund-raiser?  No, the treasurer will monitor the health of the fund.

A motion was made by the Board to adopt the budget for 2018-2019 as printed on page 2 of the Annual Meeting Kit.  A second is not required since the budget is recommended by the budget committee and the board.

The budget was adopted.

Program planning

League members met January 26 at our annual program planning meeting to discuss what issues we want to work on or to emphasize during the coming year.  A summary of our decisions can be found on page 4. 

We reaffirmed National League priorities and declined to add anything new.

Locally, two priorities emerged: growing membership and elevating our public profile.  We agreed to continue our focus on housing and transportation.

A motion was made by the Board to adopt the 2018-2019 Program Plan. It does not need a second as it has been recommended by the board. The program was adopted. 

Overview of new Rent Stabilization Position

Donna Yobs presented the new position, described on pages 4 – 5, which was developed over 9 months with 18 people involved.  There are 26 different rent stabilization policies in effect throughout California.  The position is to support rent stabilization and just cause programs that are fair and reasonable to landlords, tenants, and the community.  The position was approved by the Board in April.

Affirm existing local positions (majority)

A motion was made by the Board to approve the retention of our local positions, found on pages 5 – 8 in the Annual Meeting Kit, including the Rent Stabilization Position. It does not need a second as it has been recommended by the board. 

Local positions were affirmed.

2017-2018 in review

Sue urged members to read the reports from the portfolio directors on pages 10 – 16 as they describe in some detail our work during the past year. Some highlights were:

We launched several new teams in response to new members’ interests. We have teams that deal with Civil Discourse, Advocacy for League positions, Social Forums, Voter Services including registering voters, Climate Change, Technology, Housing, Education, Juvenile Justice and a Book Club. If you want to get involved, there are many ways to do it. There was a signup sheet at the reception desk where members could leave their name and email.

We formed a study committee to determine what effects Measure V might have on the city of Mountain View, with regard to rent stabilization and just cause eviction. The study was completed in March and approved by the board in April. We now have a position on rent stabilization.

In addition, our housing committee worked tirelessly for affordable housing in our towns. While affordable housing has always been important to us, it is now even more urgent.

And finally, our observer corps attended board and council meetings to represent the League and to report back to us on matters of importance. Sue recognized the observers:

Los Altos City Council – Claire Noonan

Mountain View City Council – Lucas Ramirez

MVLA High School Board – Sally Ahnger

MV Whisman School Board – Devon Conley

Bullis Charter School – Ellen Wheeler

Board Recognition

Sue thanked the board that she has had the pleasure of working with this past year: 

Carol Kuiper – VP Program

Merrian Nevin – VP Action

Abby Longcor – Secretary

Natalie Elefant – Treasurer

Lisa McLain– Voter Production Editor

Catharine Vonnegut – Data Manager

Gary Hedden – Natural Resources Policy Director

Vicki Gilfix -Voter Service Director

Ellen Wheeler – Social Policy Director

Katie Zoglin – Government Policy Director

Max Beckman Harned – Tech Team Director

Nominating Committee Report

Crownie Billik, chair of the nominating committee, presented the slate of officers and directors for 2018-2019 as seen on page 9 of the Annual Meeting Kit: 

Sue Graham – President, Membership

Carol Kuiper – VP Program

Merrian Nevin – VP Action

Martha McClatchie – Secretary

Natalie Elefant – Treasurer

Lisa McLain– Voter Production Editor

Catherine Vonnegut – Data Manager

Gary Hedden – Natural Resources Policy Director

Vicki Gilfix -Voter Service Director

Ellen Wheeler – Social Policy Director

Katie Zoglin – Government Policy Director

Max Beckman Harned – Tech Team Director

Katherine Campodonico – Director at Large

A question was asked about whether an Audit Committee would be elected or appointed.  The Board appoints the Audit Committee.

There were no nominations from the floor.

A motion was made by the Nominating Committee to elect the nominees for officers and directors.  No second was needed because the motion was from a committee.  The slate was elected as proposed.

Nominating Committee

A motion was made by the board to elect Crownie Billik and Gary Hedden for 2019-2020 nominating committee, with Crownie as the chair. No additional nominations were made from the floor.

No second was necessary because the motion was made by the board.

The nominating committee was elected.

Welcome to the new board

Sue welcomed our new and returning board members. 

Direction to the Board:

Sue told the attendees that this is a time when the board would like to hear from our members and asked that people make suggestions.

Sally Ahnger suggested taking a position opposing the deceptive petition drive for the anti-rent-stabilization initiative being run by a group called “Measure V Too Costly”. Petitions are due on June 5. Sue asked people to sign up to work on this over the summer if the initiative qualifies for the ballot in November.   Members were interested to learn that there is a process for people to remove their name from the petition.

Cathy Remson-Lazarus talked about an issue in Los Altos. A draft plan has been released for the future of downtown, including housing and increased density downtown. In response, a citizen initiative (deceptively called Save our Parks) has qualified for the ballot in November to require a vote by residents for any sale or lease of city property, which would prevent any development. City Council has requested an analysis.  The league will examine the analysis and determine how to proceed.

Lucas Ramirez brought up a potential issue of voting rights in at-large elections, in which the city council members are not elected by districts. There have been lawsuits brought against other cities on the peninsula for at-large elections of their city councils.

Gary Hedden raised a question about the elementary school district proposal to develop teacher housing on their property next to Cooper Park playground and tennis courts.  The school district has backed off in the face of neighborhood resistance, but has not ruled it out.  That led to a discussion of affordable housing.  Teachers have said they love the community and want to live here but can’t afford it.  A discussion of the issues around tall buildings ensued. A video called “Los Altos – A Place to Call Home in Silicon Valley?” is available from Marie Young.  It explores the difficulties that people who work in Los Altos encounter when trying to live there.   The league could possibly post it on our website.  Katie Zoglin suggested we could provide a public program to show the video and lead a discussion. 

Max Beckman-Harned mentioned that Los Altos Hills has been named the wealthiest town in the US based on median income and even though our league nominally includes them we don’t have any information about what their issues are.

Cathy Remson-Lazarus recommended having different people present league positions to the public so the same people aren’t always doing it.

Pamela Baird was recently purged from the voter rolls, although she has been voting from the same address for 20 years.  The county is using a service to clean up voting rolls.  The league should put something in the Voter as a notice to voters.   Marie Young attended training for working at the polls and said they are emphasizing allowing everyone who shows up to vote.  We should post something on our website and Facebook, and Catherine Vonnegut will send out a new eblast, letting voters know that if they are not on the list they can vote provisionally.

November election is coming up.  We need to work on voter information and getting people registered.  Our mission is to get more people involved in the election process.  We will have candidate forums, ballot measure presentations, and efforts to encourage people to vote.   

Karin Fitzgerald asked a question about what will happen with the ideas brought up today.  Sue said they would be considered by the board.       

Sue announced the end of the business meeting and the plan to reconvene at noon for lunch. Our speaker, Maya Perkins of Bay Area Forward, began her talk at 12:45.

Adjournment:

Hearing no objection, the Annual Meeting of the League of Women Voters of the Los Altos/Mountain View Area was adjourned at 11:47am.

Respectfully submitted,

Sally Ahnger, Temporary Secretary

Mountain View-Los Altos High School District Meetings June 2018

At a marathon meeting on 6/11, the board discussed the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), the budget, collective bargaining agreements, and several items related to Measure E, the bond measure on the June 5th ballot.  Public hearings were held on the LCAP, the budget, and both collective bargaining agreements, but there were no public comments on any of them.  The LCAP and the budget were approved at the 6/18 meeting.

Margarita Navarro, Associate Superintendent of Educational Services, presented the LCAP for 2018-19, which lists goals and actions for the next 3 years.  The process included reviewing the 2016-17 end of year data, looking at special populations: English Learners (EL), Socio-economically Disadvantaged (SED), and Special Education (SPED).  The LCAP template requires listing things that the district wants to maintain, things to increase, and things to decrease. On the “maintain” list are high quality professional development,  overall performance on standardized tests, and the performance of AVID students.  On the “increase” list are A-G eligibility through greater Algebra II success, some groups’ performance on the SBAC, and Tier 1 Intervention Services that promote social/emotional wellbeing.  On the “decrease” list are the number of D/Fs in 9th grade, the achievement gap between White/Asian/High Socio-economic status students and Latino/SPED/SED students, school avoidance rates, and the suspension rates among high need populations (EL, SED, SPED, and Latino).  

Mike Mathiesen, Associate Superintendent of Business Services and Technology, presented the budget for 2018-19, which is driven by the goals in the LCAP.  Total Revenue is $93.3M (5.2% more than last year), Expenditures are $89.2M, and transfers out are $590,000 (including cafeteria and post employment benefits other than state pension funds).  A full 83% of expenditures is personnel, before the salary increases which are under negotiation and expected to be $2.64M.

The measure E Bond Planning update was presented by Quattrocchi Kwok Architects and Kramer Project Development, including a proposed budget, construction schedule, and expenditure plan showing 4 bond sales in Q3 of 2018, Q2 of 2020, Q1 of 2022, and Q1 of 2024 (if needed).  The plan spans 7 years and $265M of construction, plus a possible $30M for 20 more classrooms if needed.  Construction is expected to start in winter of 2019, and the new classroom buildings are expected to be finished in the summer of 2020.  The board took actions necessary to initiate the bond sales and collect the taxes to pay for them.

— Sally Ahnger, Observer