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Issue date: July 14, 2000


Mountain View businesswoman Rosiland Bivings has declared her candidacy for the city council.

Candidates line up for council, school board Candidates line up for council, school board (July 14, 2000)

By Karen Willemsen and Jose Antonio Vargas

Candidates are already lining up as filing opens for November's city council and school board elections in Mountain View.

Local businesswoman Rosiland Bivings, planning commissioner Matt Pear and parks and recreation commissioner Paul Lesti all say they are seriously considering challenging the four incumbent council members when filing opens next Monday. Challengers will have until Aug. 11 to declare their candidacy.

They will face Mayor Rosemary Stasek, Vice Mayor Nancy Noe, and council members Mario Ambra and Mary Lou Zoglin, who all intend to seek reelection.

In the complicated school board races, candidates will run for the Whisman, Mountain View or combined districts. Besides electing board members, voters will decide Nov. 7 whether to merge the two districts. If the measure fails, the districts will remain separate, and be governed by different boards. There are also two seats open on the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District board.

In the council race, candidate Bivings, founder of Fore Women Golfer's and the Womens Pages, two promotional services, confirmed that she is running for city council this November. Pear and Lesti say they are seriously considering running for office.

Bivings said she decided to run because, "It's time. The history of Mountain View shows that we don't all look the same. I'm not trying to represent just African-Americans. Mountain View is considered to be very progressive in terms of high tech, but there are a lot of people who feel left out of that, and left out of city government. If having someone like me on the council opens a floodgate for the community to get more involved, so be it."

Incumbent council member Mario Ambra, ending his first term, said he is proud of his accomplishments, particularly his efforts on behalf of the fire department's paramedic program.

Noe, a government relations liaison for the pharmaceutical corporation Alza, is due to become mayor in 2001 if she wins a second term. If re-elected, she said she will continue to work on housing, downtown revitalization, and development of the new community center.

Stasek, who is ending her first term as mayor, works for Web-TV. She said she would continue to seek extension of the Stevens Creek Trail, and promote development of efficiency studio housing and the new community center. Stasek believes her win four years ago surprised many because she hadn't taken the usual path of serving on city committees and commissions prior to being elected to the council.

Zoglin, a retired French teacher and college administrator, served as mayor in 1999. She said she feels like she is in the middle of some very important issues and would like to continue on. She served as vice president of Coastline Community College in Orange County.

Zoglin added that, "Having a number of competitors (vying for only four seats) makes for a healthy democracy and gives us a chance to have spirited debates."

subline: Mountain View school boards Voters have some significant choices to make in November regarding the way local elementary schools are governed.

First, voters must decide whether the Mountain View and Whisman school districts are to be reorganized into a single entity. The two districts jointly petitioned the county to be allowed to merge and asked that voters elect representatives to both current boards as well as a new board that would serve the reorganized Mountain View School District if the merger is approved.

Larry Shirey, a county education analyst, said a waiver was approved by the state Board of Education that will allow officials to serve on two governing boards. Thus, candidates can run for either the Mountain View or Whisman school board as well as the new board for the reorganized Mountain View School District.

In the current Whisman School District, four of the five seats are available. Board President Sanda Jo Spiegel's term expires in 2002. Current board members Juan Aranda and Frances Kruss expressed interest in running for both the Whisman School District and the new school boards. Board members David Duggan and Keith Malcolm were unavailable for comment.

Three of five seats are open on the Mountain View School District Board. Board President Carol Fisher expressed interest in running for the Mountain View School District as well as the new one. Rose Filicetti, whose term expires in 2002, plans to run for the new board. Nancy Mucha, who teaches at Crittenden Middle School, cannot run for the new board due to a conflict of interest. However, she plans to complete her term, which expires in 2002. Board member Ed Flowers said that he probably won't run and member Roger Noel was unavailable for comment at press time.

Former mayor and Council member Joe Kleitman said he plans to run for the new board. Catherine Knipe, who ran for the Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District Board in 1998 but was not elected, is also considering a run for a seat on the new board.

Two seats are open on the Mountain View-Los Altos Unified High School District board. Board President Kim Farmer, who plans to move to Napa Valley next spring, said she will not seek reelection. Former board president Phil Faillace said he does plan to seek re-election.

Susan Sweeley, a Mountain View High School parent, will join Faillace on the ballot. She currently serves in the Mountain View-Los Altos High School Education Foundation.




 

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