The contest is set for Mountain View's upcoming election. Voters this November will have their pick between six candidates for City Council and two ballot initiatives.
The six City Council candidates are retired urban planner Alison Hicks, former City Councilman John Inks, legislative director Ellen Kamei, public policy analyst Lucas Ramirez, City Councilwoman Pat Showalter, and Mayor Lenny Siegel.
Three out of the seven seats on the Mountain View City Council are open in the 2018 election.
A pair of city-sponsored tax initiatives that will head to voters in November now have their official ballot designations: measures P and Q.
Measure P is the city's bid to update its business license tax to dramatically increase the fees on the city's largest employers. Under the current system, most companies, both large and small, pay license fees that are typically around $34 per year. The new proposed system would charge businesses based on the size of their workforce. Google, in particular, would see a huge fee jump if the new tax structure were to pass. Any business with less than $5,000 in revenues would not have to pay the license fees.
An illustration of how this would impact individual businesses can be found here.
Measure Q is the city’s new tax on cannabis sales. The law would allow retail marijuana shops to open up in Mountain View, and it would also establish a new 9 percent tax surcharge on any of their sales.
Both measures need a simple majority of yes-votes to pass.