Mountain View Voice

News - May 13, 2011

City briefs

City manager search continues

After interviewing three top candidates for city manager Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Jac Siegel said the City Council was not able to narrow the list to one favorite, as some members had hoped to do.

While Siegel couldn't say much about the closed session meeting, he did say the process of selecting a new manager to run the city's government could take another few weeks.

Siegel said last week that if the council was unable to agree on a favorite candidate Tuesday, members might have to advertise the job again or take another look at some of the 75 applications and resumes the city received for the job. So far the council has only met eight of the applicants face to face.

Mountain View's city manager for the last 20 years, Kevin Duggan, retired in April. Assistant City Manager Melissa Stevenson Dile has been named interim city manager.

—Daniel DeBolt

LASD parcel tax ekes out a win

By a slender margin, Measure E, a new $193 annual parcel tax to benefit local schools, eked out a victory. Needing a two-thirds yes vote, Measure E passed with slightly more than 67 percent of the vote in the May 3 all-mail election.

The finally tally was 9,187 votes in favor to 4,512 votes against, according to the Santa Clara County Elections Office.

Jay Gill, a proponent of the Los Altos School District's Measure E says the tax is needed to address education cuts resulting from federal, state and local budgets being slashed.

About 1,000 students living in Mountain View attend the district's seven elementary and two middle schools — roughly 25 percent of the entire student body. Homeowners in the district already are paying $597 a year for a parcel tax passed in 2002, and a bond issue assessment of about $600 per year on a home with an assessed value of $1 million.

—Andrea Gemmet

Comments

Posted by sly from the old m.v, a resident of Cuesta Park
on May 26, 2011 at 2:45 pm

Do you want to save some money? Why don't we take a look at city workers with felony records?I know of a city worker that took a leave of absence, to do time at Elmwood correctional facility and now runs the weekend clean up crew. These workers will retire with better benefits then half the city's tax paying customers? Wow sounds like a good deal to me! Are they hiring?


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