Mountain View Voice

News - August 17, 2012

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Hospital district candidates

Three newcomers and two incumbents are running for three seats on the board of directors of the El Camino Hospital District.

Dennis W. Chiu, Bill James and Julia E. Miller have all filed their candidacy papers with the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters, challenging incumbents Wesley F. Alles and John L. Zoglin, who are seeking reelection. Non-incumbent Catherine Vonnegut had pulled nomination papers, but ultimately decided not to run.

Miller is the latest of the candidates to throw her hat into the ring. She is a former administrator at Lockheed Martin, has served as mayor and city councilwoman for the City of Sunnyvale, and serves as a board member on the San Francisco Bay Trail and works for Sustainable Silicon Valley.

She said she is concerned with issues that were raised by two recent reports, issued by the Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury and the Local Agency Formation Commission. And, she noted, both of the incumbents were not elected but appointed. "I think the public gets to choose," she said.

Chiu is a lawyer and the owner of the Sunnyvale-based firm, Prodigy Law. He said he is running because he believes the hospital has strayed from its original purpose and he wants to get it back on track.

James is a patent lawyer and partner at Van Pelt, Yi & James LLP, an intellectual property law firm based in Cupertino. He ran for the hospital district board 2002. According to James, one of his biggest concerns is transparency. He believes too many decisions are made behind closed doors at El Camino.

Alles was first appointed to the board in 2003 and is seeking his third term on the hospital district's governing body. Zoglin, senior director of digital marketing services at the IBM-owned Coremetrics, is the board's current chairman. Both incumbents said that their experience on the board makes them the best choices for this election.

School district candidates

The Mountain View Whisman School District will be holding its first contested election in eight years this November, with at least four newcomers and no incumbents planning to run for three open seats on the district's board of trustees this November.

Incumbents Fiona Walter, Ed Bailey and Steve Olson all said they would not seek re-election.

Peter Darrah, Bill Lambert, Steve Nelson and Jim Pollart have all said they intend to run for one of the seats to be vacated by trustees whose terms expire this fall.

Another potential candidate, Priscila Bogdanic, pulled nomination papers and said she would run, but as of the afternoon of Aug. 15, the final day of the filing period, she had not submitted those papers to the county registrar of voters office.

The Voice's press deadline was three hours before the filing period officially ended. Bogdanic could not be reached for comment by press time.

Intuit expanding

Intuit has purchased some property it currently occupies, as well as some neighboring parcels in the North Bayshore area, a company spokeswoman confirmed.

Though Holly Perez of the Mountain View-based accounting software company would not confirm an exact address, nor what the company plans to do with the property, employees of two businesses in the 2600 block of Bayshore Parkway told the Voice that Intuit has purchased the lot they currently occupy.

"The purchase supports our investment in long-term growth in Mountain View," Perez, manager of corporate communications for Intuit, said in an email. "We don't have specific plans yet, and we'll share them when they're complete."

A sound engineer working for the Red Rock Recording Company and the owner of All Automotive European Auto Repair Specialists both said they were informed by their landlord that they would need to move out of their units, located just south of Garcia Avenue on Bayshore Parkway, by November.

—Nick Veronin

Bullis court date postponed

Lawyers from Bullis Charter School and the Los Altos School District are scheduled to continue arguing their cases on Aug. 30 in the long and protracted legal battle between the two educational organizations, an official with the charter school said.

A hearing on the fight over school facilities before California Superior Court Judge Patricia Lucas had been scheduled for Aug. 15. However, the date of the hearing was postponed.

The new hearing is scheduled to begin at 1:30 in the Downtown Superior Court, located at 191 N. First St. in San Jose.

Intuit has purchased some property it currently occupies, as well as some neighboring parcels in the North Bayshore area, a company spokeswoman confirmed.

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