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The votes are in: Rent control changes rejected, school bonds approved, and Becker and Glew to face off in November

Santa Clara County's official election results for Super Tuesday are finally in. For Mountain View, that means no changes to rent control, two school bonds and a runoff between Josh Becker and Alex Glew for state Senate.

Mountain View voters overwhelmingly reject Measure D

A City Council-initiated ballot measure that would have altered Mountain View's rent control program was handily defeated by voters last month, with the final vote tally showing more than two-thirds of ballots were cast in opposition to the measure.

With all of the ballots now counted, a total of 15,399 residents voted against the measure, just shy of 70%, while 6,709 voted in favor of it. The total vote count was 22,108, making voter turnout around 58% in the city -- higher than the Santa Clara County average of 52.1%, and similar to that of the 2016 primary election.

Measure D was the first chance for voters to consider changes to the city's rent control law since it was passed by voters in 2016. The campaign was spearheaded by council members, who said its concessions to landlords were a fair way to balance out rent control in a compromise that both property owners and tenants could accept.

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Despite attempts to build a consensus, the measure was staunchly opposed by tenant advocates, mobile home residents and local chapters of the Santa Clara County Democratic Party and the League of Women Voters.

The election took some unexpected turns leading up to election day. The California Apartment Association (CAA), a major lobbying group opposed to rent control, actively campaigned in favor of Measure D despite the proposed changes leaving much of Mountain View's rent control law intact. Mountain View's largest mobile home park owner, John Vidovich, campaigned against the measure, even though it explicitly excluded mobile home owners and renters from benefiting from rent control.

Voters will face another proposal to weaken rent control in Mountain View this fall. A CAA-initiated measure that would render rent control unenforceable received enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot. During the campaign for Measure D, the CAA vowed to drop its support for the measure if Measure D passed.

Measure T school bond coasts to victory

From the moment the first election results came in on Tuesday, March 3, Mountain View Whisman School District officials and parents leaders were ready to celebrate, confident that the district's $259 million Measure T bond would pass.

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Since then, the margin of victory has only widened. The final vote count released Wednesday shows that 13,285 (69.5%) of district voters supported the measure, with 30.50% (5,831) opposed, well beyond the required 55% yes-vote needed to pass.

The bond measure takes on several major priorities laid out by district staff last year, including $60 million earmarked for construction costs for a 144-unit workforce housing project planned at 777 W. Middlefield Road.

More than one-third of the bond money, just over $102 million, will go toward school improvements at sites throughout district, ranging from energy efficiency upgrades and teacher storage to security measures to limit public access during school hours.

Measure T was passed just seven months after district officials announced that previous bond funds, made available through the $198 million Measure G in 2012, had been completely exhausted. What's more, the district incurred more debt when it borrowed $40 million to supplement Measure G for the construction of Vargas Elementary School, which now must be paid back.

Under the district's Measure T spending plan, $40 million of the newly passed bond will be spent wiping away that debt, freeing general fund money to be spent on salaries and classroom activities.

District 13 State Senate race: Becker, Glew to move forward

Moving ahead to the General Election to represent District 13 in the California State Senate are Democrat Josh Becker and Republican Alex Glew.

District 13 includes about 1 million residents and covers the Peninsula from South San Francisco to Sunnyvale, and along the coast from north of Pacifica to Ano Nuevo State Park.

Becker, a Menlo Park resident, had a strong lead with 66,428 votes, or 23.8% in the seven-way race, while Glew, who lives in Los Altos, came in second with 48,378 votes, or 17.3%.

Other contenders were Democrat Sally Lieber of Mountain View with 47,773 votes, trailing Glew by 605 votes. Next came Democrat Sally Masur at 45,211 votes; Democrat Annie Oliva at 33,311 votes; Democrat Mike Brownrigg at 32,481 votes and Libertarian John Webster at 5,910 votes.

Voters back bond measure for community college district while parcel tax falls short

Final election results confirm the early outcomes for a Foothill-De Anza Community College District bond and parcel tax: the former has been approved, while the latter failed.

58.8% of voters — above the 55% threshold for passage — supported the $898 million Measure G, the largest school bond in Santa Clara County's history. The bond will cover about 60% of the estimated $1.5 billion in infrastructure and capital needs at the community colleges in Los Altos Hills and Cupertino, from student and staff housing to technology and security upgrades.

Measure H, however, failed to reach the two-thirds, or 66.6%, in support needed to pass, with 62.61%. The $48 parcel tax would have provided the two community colleges with approximately $5.6 million annually over five years to help fund housing assistance for students and staff, mental health services, tutoring and services to address student food insecurity and homelessness.

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The votes are in: Rent control changes rejected, school bonds approved, and Becker and Glew to face off in November

by / Mountain View Voice

Uploaded: Thu, Apr 23, 2020, 9:36 am

Santa Clara County's official election results for Super Tuesday are finally in. For Mountain View, that means no changes to rent control, two school bonds and a runoff between Josh Becker and Alex Glew for state Senate.

Mountain View voters overwhelmingly reject Measure D

A City Council-initiated ballot measure that would have altered Mountain View's rent control program was handily defeated by voters last month, with the final vote tally showing more than two-thirds of ballots were cast in opposition to the measure.

With all of the ballots now counted, a total of 15,399 residents voted against the measure, just shy of 70%, while 6,709 voted in favor of it. The total vote count was 22,108, making voter turnout around 58% in the city -- higher than the Santa Clara County average of 52.1%, and similar to that of the 2016 primary election.

Measure D was the first chance for voters to consider changes to the city's rent control law since it was passed by voters in 2016. The campaign was spearheaded by council members, who said its concessions to landlords were a fair way to balance out rent control in a compromise that both property owners and tenants could accept.

Despite attempts to build a consensus, the measure was staunchly opposed by tenant advocates, mobile home residents and local chapters of the Santa Clara County Democratic Party and the League of Women Voters.

The election took some unexpected turns leading up to election day. The California Apartment Association (CAA), a major lobbying group opposed to rent control, actively campaigned in favor of Measure D despite the proposed changes leaving much of Mountain View's rent control law intact. Mountain View's largest mobile home park owner, John Vidovich, campaigned against the measure, even though it explicitly excluded mobile home owners and renters from benefiting from rent control.

Voters will face another proposal to weaken rent control in Mountain View this fall. A CAA-initiated measure that would render rent control unenforceable received enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot. During the campaign for Measure D, the CAA vowed to drop its support for the measure if Measure D passed.

Measure T school bond coasts to victory

From the moment the first election results came in on Tuesday, March 3, Mountain View Whisman School District officials and parents leaders were ready to celebrate, confident that the district's $259 million Measure T bond would pass.

Since then, the margin of victory has only widened. The final vote count released Wednesday shows that 13,285 (69.5%) of district voters supported the measure, with 30.50% (5,831) opposed, well beyond the required 55% yes-vote needed to pass.

The bond measure takes on several major priorities laid out by district staff last year, including $60 million earmarked for construction costs for a 144-unit workforce housing project planned at 777 W. Middlefield Road.

More than one-third of the bond money, just over $102 million, will go toward school improvements at sites throughout district, ranging from energy efficiency upgrades and teacher storage to security measures to limit public access during school hours.

Measure T was passed just seven months after district officials announced that previous bond funds, made available through the $198 million Measure G in 2012, had been completely exhausted. What's more, the district incurred more debt when it borrowed $40 million to supplement Measure G for the construction of Vargas Elementary School, which now must be paid back.

Under the district's Measure T spending plan, $40 million of the newly passed bond will be spent wiping away that debt, freeing general fund money to be spent on salaries and classroom activities.

District 13 State Senate race: Becker, Glew to move forward

Moving ahead to the General Election to represent District 13 in the California State Senate are Democrat Josh Becker and Republican Alex Glew.

District 13 includes about 1 million residents and covers the Peninsula from South San Francisco to Sunnyvale, and along the coast from north of Pacifica to Ano Nuevo State Park.

Becker, a Menlo Park resident, had a strong lead with 66,428 votes, or 23.8% in the seven-way race, while Glew, who lives in Los Altos, came in second with 48,378 votes, or 17.3%.

Other contenders were Democrat Sally Lieber of Mountain View with 47,773 votes, trailing Glew by 605 votes. Next came Democrat Sally Masur at 45,211 votes; Democrat Annie Oliva at 33,311 votes; Democrat Mike Brownrigg at 32,481 votes and Libertarian John Webster at 5,910 votes.

Voters back bond measure for community college district while parcel tax falls short

Final election results confirm the early outcomes for a Foothill-De Anza Community College District bond and parcel tax: the former has been approved, while the latter failed.

58.8% of voters — above the 55% threshold for passage — supported the $898 million Measure G, the largest school bond in Santa Clara County's history. The bond will cover about 60% of the estimated $1.5 billion in infrastructure and capital needs at the community colleges in Los Altos Hills and Cupertino, from student and staff housing to technology and security upgrades.

Measure H, however, failed to reach the two-thirds, or 66.6%, in support needed to pass, with 62.61%. The $48 parcel tax would have provided the two community colleges with approximately $5.6 million annually over five years to help fund housing assistance for students and staff, mental health services, tutoring and services to address student food insecurity and homelessness.

Comments

Consensus Building?
Waverly Park
on Apr 23, 2020 at 11:32 am
Consensus Building?, Waverly Park
on Apr 23, 2020 at 11:32 am
8 people like this

It's disingenuous for the author of this article to state that Measure D was the result of any real "attempts to build a consensus." City Council negotiated only with the landlords and with itself on this "compromise." How else can you explain Measure D containing only giveaways to the wealthy and being opposed by virtually every other group?


Gary
Sylvan Park
on Apr 23, 2020 at 11:39 am
Gary, Sylvan Park
on Apr 23, 2020 at 11:39 am
5 people like this

Nice reporting. I would add that Republican Alex Glew would appear to have no chance in the November runoff against Democrat Josh Becker. The state senate district is less than 20% registered Republicans. The local rent control "sneaky repeal" headed for the November ballot is not likely to pass. But turnout is always key. And money can speak loudly in campaigns. The sneaky repeal will not be opposed by the local mobilehome park owner who just spent big money against Measure D so he could argue that underlining Measure V (part of the city charter) does not allow rent control in mobilehome parks to be enacted by the city council. Although there currently is statewide rent control of many housing units and no evictions during the current pandemic, the matter of rent levels and rent gouging will likely be an factor in the selection of city councilmembers in the fall. Plus, passage of school bond measures T (MV-Whisman) and G (Foothill-De Anza) should draw some candidates for the governing boards who might actually insist that the new borrowing and spending authority be used wisely. Remote learning should become an option - if not the new model - for schools and community colleges.








SP Phil
Shoreline West
on Apr 23, 2020 at 3:41 pm
SP Phil, Shoreline West
on Apr 23, 2020 at 3:41 pm
2 people like this

From the bar chart above, it appears that Shelly Masur got more votes than Alex Glew.


The Business Man
Castro City
on Apr 23, 2020 at 3:41 pm
The Business Man, Castro City
on Apr 23, 2020 at 3:41 pm
5 people like this

Gary,

Notice we are getting no advertisements to promote the landlord ballot measure for November?

Probably because they have their hands full regarding AB 828.

Also, they realize they are in a losing situation, the primary votes were most likely to benefit Measure D but to lose by a 70% result was just amazing.


xyz
Rex Manor
on Apr 26, 2020 at 9:59 am
xyz, Rex Manor
on Apr 26, 2020 at 9:59 am
3 people like this

you will get all the votes if you promise the following:

free health care.
free food.
free rent.





The Business Man
Castro City
on Apr 28, 2020 at 10:13 am
The Business Man, Castro City
on Apr 28, 2020 at 10:13 am
4 people like this

I knew this was coming:

My new landlord that bought my building in 2016 was trying to use a group called Zeus Living to outsource tenants in my newly rent controlled building.

We have only 11 units, 6 of those are currently occupied by those who lived here prior to October 2015 so our rents were reset after the new landlord jacked them up $900 in May 2016.

But the COVID 19 hit, and now Zeus Living has not paid for both April and now May rents on agreements until they get a renegotiated rate. Zeus has not been successful at my location. Units have gone empty for at least 90 days every year. My calculations are that under those conditions, they cannot make up for the cost of the units and make a profit.

I can almost be sure that the landlord is having discussions with them. Given that AB 828 is about to possibly entitle them to a 25% discount, along with me, I think my landlord must be dealing with a serious problem here.

Can you imagine if all of a sudden almost half of your building isn't paying rent? And this is not a tenant strike, but a corporate one?

I wonder what is going on with my landlord now.


The Business Man
Castro City
on Apr 28, 2020 at 6:08 pm
The Business Man, Castro City
on Apr 28, 2020 at 6:08 pm
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I just read that the Landlords are PROMISING to suspend Costa Hawkins in this article from COSTAR (Web Link)

I guess they KNOW that the ballot measure to repeal it is going to pass this time.

I wonder what information they have.


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