November 8, 2016 General Election

Table of Contents

Voting Information
Upcoming Events
Videos and Materials from Past Events
Other Leagues’ Events
League Recommends

Voting Information

See a PDF version of this information here.

You must register to vote by October 24th. If you want a Vote by Mail ballot, the last day to request it by mail is November 1st. Vote By Mail ballots will start being mailed on October 11th.

You can drop off mail-in ballots during business hours in the City Clerk’s Office in Mountain View, Los Altos, or Los Altos Hills, starting October 11th. You can also drop off a ballot any time starting October 11th and ending at 8pm on Election Day at the Foothill College campus drop-off site, which is located at Building 1900/Administration near the Flag Pole, or the library outside dropboxes at Mountain View Public Library and Los Altos Library.

You can vote at any Santa Clara County Early Voting center. The closest Early Voting center is at Rinconada Library, 1213 Newell Road, Palo Alto, 94303, and is open 12 pm to 5 pm on October 29, October 30, November 5, and November 6.

See the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voter’s website for details on candidates information and additional details on how to vote.

For information on candidates and measures, go to Voter’s Edge, the next generation of the Smart Voter website.

Upcoming Events

You can always check our Calendar for the latest details on our events. You can also download a PDF flyer of our election events.

Events listed here are open to the public. Please note that co-sponsorship of an event does not imply endorsement of any of the speakers, groups, or the points of view expressed.

  • Monday, October 24th from 7:00-8:30 pm, Ballot Measure Pros and Cons at Mountain View Library, 585 Franklin Street

Videos and Materials from Past Events

  • Video from Tuesday, August 30th Mountain View City Council candidate forum, co-sponsored by the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce at Microsoft
  • Video from Wednesday, September 21st Mountain View City Council candidate forum, co-sponsored by Google
  • Video from Thursday, September 22nd Los Altos City Council candidate forum at Los Altos Council Chambers
  • Video from Wednesday, September 28th Los Altos Hills City Council candidate forum at Los Altos Hills City Chambers
  • Flyer, Agenda, Comparison ChartLeague Presentation, and Video from Thursday, September 29th Mountain View Rent Regulation Ballot Measures forum at the Mountain View Senior Center
  • Video from Monday, October 3rd Mountain View Whisman School District candidate forum at the Mountain View Library
  • Video from Thursday, October 6th Los Altos School District candidate forum at the Los Altos Library
  • Video from Thursday, October 13th Santa Clara County Office of Education candidate forum at the Los Altos Library
  • Video from Thursday, October 13th Foothill-De Anza Community College district candidate forum at the Los Altos Library

Other Leagues’ Events

Other relevant events hosted by Leagues (Palo Alto, Cupertino-Sunnyvale, California); see their websites for the latest information and forums for local races:

  • CUSD video and FUHSD video from the Thursday, September 22nd Cupertino Union and Fremont Union High School Districts’ Boards of Education candidate forum at Cupertino Community Hall
  • Wednesday, October 5th from 7:00-8:00 pm, U.S. Senate debate, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of California Ed Fund; watch on ABC 7 or livestream.
  • Video from Wednesday, October 5th State Assembly District 24 candidate forum, Sunnyvale Public Library
  • Video from Wednesday, October 5th Fremont Union High School and Cupertino Union Districts’ Board of Education candidate forum at Cupertino Community Hall
  • Wednesday, October 19th at 7pm, Trusted Voter Resources: Learn to navigate the web to find reliable information of the type you want for making your ballot choices (bring your own device), at Sunnyvale Public Library Fiction Room at 665 W Olive Ave

League Recommends

The League of Women Voters does not support, oppose or evaluate political candidates or parties. We do, after careful study, take positions on political issues, which we use for the basis of advocacy, including recommendations on ballot propositions.

The League of Women Voters of California has recommendations on eleven of the state ballot propositions. For recommendations, analysis, and reference flyer, please see the California state website at

The Leagues of Women Voters of Santa Clara County support the two county measures on the ballot, Measures A and B:

County of Santa Clara
2/3 Vote

A To provide affordable local housing for vulnerable populations including veterans, seniors, the disabled, low and moderate income individuals or families, foster youth, victims of abuse, the homeless and individuals suffering from mental health or substance abuse illnesses, which housing may include supportive mental health and substance abuse services, shall the County of Santa Clara issue up to $950 million in general obligation bonds to acquire or improve real property subject to independent citizen oversight and regular audits? stance-supportSupport

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
2/3 Vote

B To relieve traffic, repair potholes; shall VTA enact a 30-year half-cent sales tax to:
  • Repair streets, fix potholes in all 15 cities;
  • Finish BART extension to downtown San Jose, Santa Clara;
  • Improve bicycle/pedestrian safety, especially near schools;
  • Increase Caltrain capacity, easing highway congestion, improving safety at crossings;
  • Relieve traffic on all 9 expressways, key highway interchanges;
  • Enhance transit for seniors, students, disabled;

Mandating annual audits by independent citizens watchdog committee to ensure accountability.


The League of Women Voters of the Los Altos-Mountain View Area supports Measure GG and is neutral on Measures V and W.


City of Mountain View
Majority Vote

V Shall a Rent Stabilization CITY CHARTER AMENDMENT be adopted enacting rent regulation and prohibiting amendments except by Citywide election, with annual rent increases limited to the Consumer Price Index (minimum 2%, maximum 5%) for most multifamily rental units built before February 1, 1995; prohibiting evictions without just cause for rental units built before this measure becomes effective; creating a Rental Housing Committee authorized to enact regulations, hire staff, expend funds, and charge landlords fees to implement this amendment? stance-neutralNeutral

City of Mountain View
Majority Vote

W Shall a RENT STABILIZATION ORDINANCE be adopted requiring a tenant-landlord dispute resolution program and binding arbitration for rent increase disputes exceeding 5% of base rent per 12-month period and service reductions for most multifamily rental units with a certificate of occupancy before February 1, 1995; prohibiting eviction of tenants without just cause or relocation assistance; prohibiting substantive changes for two years, and requiring a super majority City Council vote for substantive changes thereafter? stance-neutralNeutral

Los Altos School District
2/3 Vote

GG To continue excellent education for all local public elementary and junior high school students; maintain outstanding core academics, innovative science, technology, engineering and math programs; and attract and retain highly qualified teachers; shall Los Altos School District renew its expiring annual education parcel tax at $223 per parcel for eight years, providing approximately $2.8 million annually for local schools, with independent oversight, no funds for administrators’ salaries, exemptions for seniors, and all funds benefitting local public schools? stance-supportSupport