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Want to get to know your local candidates? Here's a list of election debates, forums

A continually updated calendar of Midpeninsula events ahead of Nov. 3

Several local organizations are hosting debates and forums featuring candidates for local, state and national offices ahead of the Nov. 3 general election. Embarcadero Media file photo.

Midpeninsula voters will not only cast their ballots this fall for the country's next leader, but also for numerous races and measures that will have a long-term impact on their communities.

We've compiled a list of local election debates and forums taking place virtually in the coming weeks:

PALO ALTO

City Council

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 7:30-8:30 p.m. - Forum with candidate Raven Malone. Hosted by the Southgate Women's Group. Join on Zoom. Previous forums with other candidates can be found here.

Thursday, Sept. 24, 7-9 p.m. - Debate hosted by the Palo Alto Weekly with questions from Palo Alto Weekly Editor Jocelyn Dong and City Hall reporter Gennady Sheyner. To submit a question for consideration, email [email protected] Register on Zoom.

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Tuesday, Sept. 29, 7:30-8:30 p.m. - Forum with candidate Steven Lee. Hosted by the Southgate Women's Group. Join on Zoom.

Thursday, Oct. 1, 7-9 p.m. - Forum via Zoom on policing, traffic, housing and development, among other topics. Hosted by Palo Alto Neighborhoods. Moderated by former Councilwoman Hillary Freeman. Event will be broadcast on Cable TV Channel 28 and streamed live at midpenmedia.org. Those wishing to participate via Zoom can do so by visiting this link or dialing 669-900-6833 and entering meeting ID 838 7483 0135. Passcode for the event is 057302.

Sunday, Oct. 4, 4-5:30 p.m. - Green Transportation Forum hosted by Walk Bike Palo Alto and the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition. Moderator is Robert Neff, a member of the Palo Alto Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee. Register for virtual forum on patransportforum.eventbrite.com. Registered attendees will be provided with the Zoom link starting one week before the event.

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 7-9 p.m. - Forum on issues that impact the environment. Moderated by the Rev. Kaloma Smith, chair of the Palo Alto Human Relations Commission. Hosted by 350SV Palo Alto Climate team and cosponsored by 12 local environmental organizations. Register at eventbrite.com. A link to the webinar will be provided to registrants. Questions can be sent by email to [email protected]

Thursday, Oct. 8, 6-8 p.m. - Forum on affordable housing, COVID-19 recovery efforts and calls for racial equality with candidates split between two one-hour sessions on Zoom. Hosted by [email protected] Action Fund and cosponsored by California YIMBY. Register at here.

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Saturday, Oct. 10, 4-6 p.m. - Forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Palo Alto. Register on Zoom. Questions can be sent in advance by noon on Thursday, Oct. 8, through the question submission link on registration confirmation email.

Palo Alto Unified School District Board of Education

Thursday, Sept. 24, 7-8:30 p.m. - Forum on Secondary Education (middle and high schools) hosted by the Palo Alto Council of PTAs. Moderated by students from the Palo Alto and Gunn high school speech and debate clubs. Questions can be sent through noon on Wednesday, Sept. 23, via this Google form. To watch, click here.

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 7-9 p.m. - Debate hosted by the Palo Alto Weekly with questions from Palo Alto Weekly Editor Jocelyn Dong and education reporter Elena Kadvany. To submit a question for consideration, email [email protected] Register on PaloAltoOnline.com/PAUSD.

Thursday, Oct. 8, 6:30-8 p.m. - Forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Palo Alto and cosponsored by the Palo Alto Council of PTAs. Register on Zoom. Questions can be sent in advance by noon on Tuesday, Oct. 6, through the submission link on registration confirmation email.

Saturday, Oct. 17, 3-5 p.m. - Forum on Educational Equity and Access: the Achievement Gap and Special Education. Event jointly sponsored by PTA Council of PTAs, Palo Alto Community Advisory Committee for Special Education, the Latino Parent Network and Parent Advocates for Student Success. Questions can be sent by email to [email protected]

EAST PALO ALTO

Ravenswood City School District Board of Trustees

Saturday, Oct. 3, 1-4 p.m. Forum hosted by EPA Neighbors at St. Mark AME Church, 1749 Bay Road, East Palo Alto. More information on registration and access to come.

Thursday, Oct. 8, 7-8 p.m. - Forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of South San Mateo County over Zoom. More information on registration and access to come.

MENLO PARK

City Council District 3

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m. - Virtual Zoom forum featuring Menlo Park City Council District 3 candidates and led by the League of Women Voters of South San Mateo County. To register and submit questions, visit the League of Women Voters website. Questions can also be sent to [email protected] until noon Sept. 28. Questions will be taken during the event if time allows.

Saturday, Oct. 3, 5 p.m. - Virtual forum for Menlo Park's District 3 candidates hosted by Menlo Together. Event organizers are planning to offer interpretive services. Go to menlotogether.org for more information.

MOUNTAIN VIEW

City Council

Monday, Sept. 21, 7-8:30 p.m. - Forum hosted by the League of Women Voters Los Altos-Mountain View Area. If event registration exceeds 100 attendees, organizers plan to provide a livestream via YouTube. Register on Zoom, where attendees can submit a question in advance.

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 7-8:30 p.m. - Forum on Zoom hosted by the Old Mountain View Neighborhood Association. More information on registration and access to come.

Thursday, Oct. 1, 6-7 p.m. - Forum on Housing Affordability in Silicon Valley, COVID-19 recovery equity and calls for racial equality with incumbent Lisa Matichak, environmental oversight researcher Lenny Siegel, environmental advocate Sally Lieber and software engineer Paul Roales. Event to be held on Zoom. Hosted by [email protected] Action Fund and cosponsored by California YIMBY. Register here.

Thursday, Oct. 15, 7-8 p.m. - Forum on Housing Affordability in Silicon Valley, COVID-19 recovery equity and calls for racial equality with incumbent Margaret Abe-Koga, civil engineer Pat Showalter, cybersecurity adviser Alex Nunez and data scientist John Lashlee. Event to be held on Zoom. Hosted by [email protected] Action Fund and cosponsored by California YIMBY. Register here.

Mountain View Whisman School District Board of Trustees

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 7 p.m. - Forum hosted by the League of Women voters of Los Altos-Mountain View Area. If event registration exceeds 100 attendees, organizers plan to provide a livestream via YouTube. Register on Zoom.

PORTOLA VALLEY

Town Council

Sunday, Oct. 4, 2 p.m. - Forum hosted by the League of Women voters of South San Mateo County. Questions for the candidates can be submitted in the registration form or by emailing [email protected] until noon on Oct. 2. Time permitting, the moderator will also take questions during the event.

SAN MATEO COUNTY

Sequoia Union High School District

Saturday, Sept. 26, 10-11:30 a.m. - Forum with candidates Carrie Du Bois, Shamar Edwards, Rich Ginn, Georgia Jack, and Shawneece Stevenson. Hosted by Belle Haven Action. Discussion will focus on the issues facing current and future students, faculty and staff, and the changes candidates would like to bring to the district. Join on Zoom.

SANTA CLARA COUNTY

Board of Education, Area 1

Sunday, Oct. 11, 4-5 p.m. - Forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Los Altos-Mountain View Area. If event registration exceeds 100 attendees, organizers plan to provide a livestream via YouTube. Register on Zoom, where attendees can submit a question in advance.

Mountain View Los Altos High School District

Tuesday, Oct. 6. 7-8 p.m. - Forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Los Altos-Mountain View Area. If event registration exceeds 100 attendees, organizers plan to provide a livestream via YouTube. Register on Zoom, where attendees can submit a question in advance.

STATE, NATIONAL

California Senate District 13

Thursday, Sept. 24, 7-8 p.m. - Forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Los Altos-Mountain View Area and cosponsored by LWV chapters in Palo Alto, Cupertino-Sunnyvale and South San Mateo County. If event registration exceeds 100 attendees, organizers plan to provide a livestream via YouTube. Register via Zoom.

California Assembly District 24

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 7:30-8:30 p.m. - Forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Palo Alto and cosponsored by LWV chapters in Los Altos-Mountain View Area, Cupertino-Sunnyvale and South San Mateo County. Register via Zoom. Questions can be sent in advance by noon on Sunday, Sept. 27, through the question submission link on registration confirmation email.

U.S. Congressional District 18

Saturday, Sept. 26, 4-5 p.m. - Forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Palo Alto and cosponsored by LWV chapters in Los Altos-Mountain View Area, Southwest Santa Clara Valley and South San Mateo County. Register on Zoom. Questions can be sent in advance by noon on Thursday, Sept. 24, through the question submission link on registration confirmation email.

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Want to get to know your local candidates? Here's a list of election debates, forums

A continually updated calendar of Midpeninsula events ahead of Nov. 3

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Uploaded: Fri, Sep 11, 2020, 4:56 pm
Updated: Thu, Sep 24, 2020, 5:00 pm

Midpeninsula voters will not only cast their ballots this fall for the country's next leader, but also for numerous races and measures that will have a long-term impact on their communities.

We've compiled a list of local election debates and forums taking place virtually in the coming weeks:

City Council

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 7:30-8:30 p.m. - Forum with candidate Raven Malone. Hosted by the Southgate Women's Group. Join on Zoom. Previous forums with other candidates can be found here.

Thursday, Sept. 24, 7-9 p.m. - Debate hosted by the Palo Alto Weekly with questions from Palo Alto Weekly Editor Jocelyn Dong and City Hall reporter Gennady Sheyner. To submit a question for consideration, email [email protected] Register on Zoom.

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 7:30-8:30 p.m. - Forum with candidate Steven Lee. Hosted by the Southgate Women's Group. Join on Zoom.

Thursday, Oct. 1, 7-9 p.m. - Forum via Zoom on policing, traffic, housing and development, among other topics. Hosted by Palo Alto Neighborhoods. Moderated by former Councilwoman Hillary Freeman. Event will be broadcast on Cable TV Channel 28 and streamed live at midpenmedia.org. Those wishing to participate via Zoom can do so by visiting this link or dialing 669-900-6833 and entering meeting ID 838 7483 0135. Passcode for the event is 057302.

Sunday, Oct. 4, 4-5:30 p.m. - Green Transportation Forum hosted by Walk Bike Palo Alto and the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition. Moderator is Robert Neff, a member of the Palo Alto Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee. Register for virtual forum on patransportforum.eventbrite.com. Registered attendees will be provided with the Zoom link starting one week before the event.

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 7-9 p.m. - Forum on issues that impact the environment. Moderated by the Rev. Kaloma Smith, chair of the Palo Alto Human Relations Commission. Hosted by 350SV Palo Alto Climate team and cosponsored by 12 local environmental organizations. Register at eventbrite.com. A link to the webinar will be provided to registrants. Questions can be sent by email to [email protected]

Thursday, Oct. 8, 6-8 p.m. - Forum on affordable housing, COVID-19 recovery efforts and calls for racial equality with candidates split between two one-hour sessions on Zoom. Hosted by [email protected] Action Fund and cosponsored by California YIMBY. Register at here.

Saturday, Oct. 10, 4-6 p.m. - Forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Palo Alto. Register on Zoom. Questions can be sent in advance by noon on Thursday, Oct. 8, through the question submission link on registration confirmation email.

Palo Alto Unified School District Board of Education

Thursday, Sept. 24, 7-8:30 p.m. - Forum on Secondary Education (middle and high schools) hosted by the Palo Alto Council of PTAs. Moderated by students from the Palo Alto and Gunn high school speech and debate clubs. Questions can be sent through noon on Wednesday, Sept. 23, via this Google form. To watch, click here.

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 7-9 p.m. - Debate hosted by the Palo Alto Weekly with questions from Palo Alto Weekly Editor Jocelyn Dong and education reporter Elena Kadvany. To submit a question for consideration, email [email protected] Register on PaloAltoOnline.com/PAUSD.

Thursday, Oct. 8, 6:30-8 p.m. - Forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Palo Alto and cosponsored by the Palo Alto Council of PTAs. Register on Zoom. Questions can be sent in advance by noon on Tuesday, Oct. 6, through the submission link on registration confirmation email.

Saturday, Oct. 17, 3-5 p.m. - Forum on Educational Equity and Access: the Achievement Gap and Special Education. Event jointly sponsored by PTA Council of PTAs, Palo Alto Community Advisory Committee for Special Education, the Latino Parent Network and Parent Advocates for Student Success. Questions can be sent by email to [email protected]

Ravenswood City School District Board of Trustees

Saturday, Oct. 3, 1-4 p.m. Forum hosted by EPA Neighbors at St. Mark AME Church, 1749 Bay Road, East Palo Alto. More information on registration and access to come.

Thursday, Oct. 8, 7-8 p.m. - Forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of South San Mateo County over Zoom. More information on registration and access to come.

City Council District 3

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m. - Virtual Zoom forum featuring Menlo Park City Council District 3 candidates and led by the League of Women Voters of South San Mateo County. To register and submit questions, visit the League of Women Voters website. Questions can also be sent to [email protected] until noon Sept. 28. Questions will be taken during the event if time allows.

Saturday, Oct. 3, 5 p.m. - Virtual forum for Menlo Park's District 3 candidates hosted by Menlo Together. Event organizers are planning to offer interpretive services. Go to menlotogether.org for more information.

City Council

Monday, Sept. 21, 7-8:30 p.m. - Forum hosted by the League of Women Voters Los Altos-Mountain View Area. If event registration exceeds 100 attendees, organizers plan to provide a livestream via YouTube. Register on Zoom, where attendees can submit a question in advance.

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 7-8:30 p.m. - Forum on Zoom hosted by the Old Mountain View Neighborhood Association. More information on registration and access to come.

Thursday, Oct. 1, 6-7 p.m. - Forum on Housing Affordability in Silicon Valley, COVID-19 recovery equity and calls for racial equality with incumbent Lisa Matichak, environmental oversight researcher Lenny Siegel, environmental advocate Sally Lieber and software engineer Paul Roales. Event to be held on Zoom. Hosted by [email protected] Action Fund and cosponsored by California YIMBY. Register here.

Thursday, Oct. 15, 7-8 p.m. - Forum on Housing Affordability in Silicon Valley, COVID-19 recovery equity and calls for racial equality with incumbent Margaret Abe-Koga, civil engineer Pat Showalter, cybersecurity adviser Alex Nunez and data scientist John Lashlee. Event to be held on Zoom. Hosted by [email protected] Action Fund and cosponsored by California YIMBY. Register here.

Mountain View Whisman School District Board of Trustees

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 7 p.m. - Forum hosted by the League of Women voters of Los Altos-Mountain View Area. If event registration exceeds 100 attendees, organizers plan to provide a livestream via YouTube. Register on Zoom.

Town Council

Sunday, Oct. 4, 2 p.m. - Forum hosted by the League of Women voters of South San Mateo County. Questions for the candidates can be submitted in the registration form or by emailing [email protected] until noon on Oct. 2. Time permitting, the moderator will also take questions during the event.

Sequoia Union High School District

Saturday, Sept. 26, 10-11:30 a.m. - Forum with candidates Carrie Du Bois, Shamar Edwards, Rich Ginn, Georgia Jack, and Shawneece Stevenson. Hosted by Belle Haven Action. Discussion will focus on the issues facing current and future students, faculty and staff, and the changes candidates would like to bring to the district. Join on Zoom.

Board of Education, Area 1

Sunday, Oct. 11, 4-5 p.m. - Forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Los Altos-Mountain View Area. If event registration exceeds 100 attendees, organizers plan to provide a livestream via YouTube. Register on Zoom, where attendees can submit a question in advance.

Mountain View Los Altos High School District

Tuesday, Oct. 6. 7-8 p.m. - Forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Los Altos-Mountain View Area. If event registration exceeds 100 attendees, organizers plan to provide a livestream via YouTube. Register on Zoom, where attendees can submit a question in advance.

California Senate District 13

Thursday, Sept. 24, 7-8 p.m. - Forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Los Altos-Mountain View Area and cosponsored by LWV chapters in Palo Alto, Cupertino-Sunnyvale and South San Mateo County. If event registration exceeds 100 attendees, organizers plan to provide a livestream via YouTube. Register via Zoom.

California Assembly District 24

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 7:30-8:30 p.m. - Forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Palo Alto and cosponsored by LWV chapters in Los Altos-Mountain View Area, Cupertino-Sunnyvale and South San Mateo County. Register via Zoom. Questions can be sent in advance by noon on Sunday, Sept. 27, through the question submission link on registration confirmation email.

U.S. Congressional District 18

Saturday, Sept. 26, 4-5 p.m. - Forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Palo Alto and cosponsored by LWV chapters in Los Altos-Mountain View Area, Southwest Santa Clara Valley and South San Mateo County. Register on Zoom. Questions can be sent in advance by noon on Thursday, Sept. 24, through the question submission link on registration confirmation email.

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Gary
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Sylvan Park
on Sep 11, 2020 at 9:11 pm
Gary, Sylvan Park
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on Sep 11, 2020 at 9:11 pm
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Ok. I submitted my questions - except for State Assembly. No questions could be submitted for that one. So, I will ask one here of the candidates for State Assembly: What are you doing to ensure that President Trump is NOT returned to office?


Gary
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Sylvan Park
on Sep 13, 2020 at 12:47 pm
Gary, Sylvan Park
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on Sep 13, 2020 at 12:47 pm
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Gee. The State Assembly candidates have not yet posted any responses to my question (above). Our incumbent Assemblyman is Marc Berman - formerly on the Palo Alto City Council. His opponent on the November ballot is a Republican former member of the Menlo Park City Council. There is no real contest. But I will raise another issue: The Secretary of State (top state elections official) in Colorado filed a federal lawsuit on Friday to halt distribution (I guess just in Colorado) of a mailer from the UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE warning voters they should request a mail-in ballot at least 2 weeks before the November 3 election. What's the problem with that? In Colorado, every registered voter receives a mail-in ballot automatically (if delivered by the Postal Service). Telling voters they must request a mail-in ballot is misleading in Colorado AND IN CALIFORNIA. What is Assemblyman Berman, chair of the Assembly elections committee, doing in California about that evidently nationwide political piece from the United States Postal Service?


Steven Goldstein
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Old Mountain View
on Sep 13, 2020 at 2:13 pm
Steven Goldstein, Old Mountain View
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on Sep 13, 2020 at 2:13 pm
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Gary,

Why isn’t anybody discussing the new research that shows even eating outdoors doubles your chances of getting COVID? Found here (Web Link) titled “CDC Study: Adults With COVID-19 Twice As Likely To Say They Recently Ate At A Restaurant”

The research used California as a data resource. All restaurants in CA are serving outdoors, correct?

This means there is now scientific proof that this practice is a public danger, and all politicians are doing is trying to cover themselves regarding trying to make it more dangerous, not more safe.

The report stated:

“The study did not differentiate between indoor and outdoor dining. Researchers relied on interviews in multiple languages with roughly 800 people across 10 states, which did not include New York. Participating states included California, Colorado, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Utah, and Washington.”

And:

“Asked about the CDC report, Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, a professor of epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, said, “It is not surprising that dining at a restaurant was found to be associated with a positive test. This is likely due to the fact that eating and drinking, two activities intrinsic to visiting a restaurant, require removal of face covering."

So are we going to take the proper actions to prevent spread? Or are we going to let more peopled get sick? This data puts the state into another crisis where it is going to likely have to reverse the outdoor dining options now.

What do the candidates think about this?


Christopher Chiang
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North Bayshore
on Sep 13, 2020 at 7:41 pm
Christopher Chiang, North Bayshore
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on Sep 13, 2020 at 7:41 pm
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Dear the MV Voice, reminder that the League of Women Voters Mountain View Whisman School Board Candidate Forum is: Wednesday, September 23rd at 7pm
Registration Link:
Web Link

There are only 3 upcoming virtual forums scheduled at this moment, with only 1 being the general public (Crittenden PTA 9/15, LWV 9/23, Shoreline West 10/03). 3 out of the 5 seats are up, and there are distinct differences between the panel of all very capable candidates. PAUSD has 9 candidate forums, MVWSD's election is equally important, I hope more MV community organizations sponsor candidate forums.


Steven Goldstein
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Old Mountain View
on Sep 14, 2020 at 12:10 am
Steven Goldstein, Old Mountain View
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on Sep 14, 2020 at 12:10 am
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To clarify my comment.

From what I understand, the following states in the study prohibited indoor dining:

California has had no indoor dining. Colorado appears to have no indoor dining. Massachusetts appears has no indoor dining. Minnesota appears to have no indoor dining. These states had no indoor dining

Maryland has indoor dining with restrictions. North Carolina has indoor dining with restrictions. Tennessee has restricted indoor dining.

Ohio only recently opened indoor dining with restrictions. Utah only recently opened indoor dining. Washington only recently allowed indoor dining with restrictions. During the study they were closed

So out of the 10 states at least 7 had no indoor dining at all during the study, and 3 did with restrictions.

To me that seems pretty clear, the findings are mostly counting infections from outdoor dining as a source. I know I didn’t point this out a clearly as I should. But it really appears that outdoor dining is just not safe given that it increases your infection probability by 100%.

Maybe this makes it more clear to the readers too.

By the way, even though we have seen a reduction in infections in Santa Clara County, it is due to the fact that the air quality is so bad that people are not going to eat outdoors for the last 3 or more weeks. So do not assume that the improved numbers we have now are a good sample or predictors. The reality is that once we allowed outdoor dining as an option our infections increased significantly if you look at the history.



Gary
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Sylvan Park
on Sep 14, 2020 at 10:27 am
Gary, Sylvan Park
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on Sep 14, 2020 at 10:27 am
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@Christopher Chiang: What are the "distinct differences" among the candidates for the MV Whisman school board?


Steven Nelson
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Cuesta Park
on Sep 14, 2020 at 10:31 am
Steven Nelson, Cuesta Park
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on Sep 14, 2020 at 10:31 am
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The BEST (IMO) listing of all Mountain View candidate website is [again this year!] from the Monta Loma neighborhood association. Thanks mutchly!

montaloma(dot)org candidates-information

Web Link


Thida Cornes -President of Shoreline West Neighborhood Association
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Shoreline West
on Sep 14, 2020 at 3:00 pm
Thida Cornes -President of Shoreline West Neighborhood Association , Shoreline West
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on Sep 14, 2020 at 3:00 pm
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Shoreline West Neighborhood Association will also be hosting a MVWSD School Board candidate forum on Saturday October 3 7pm-9pm. Registration will be provided here Web Link


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