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Three incumbents, three new faces pull papers for Mountain View City Council race

Candidate filing deadline to run for three seats in November ballot is Friday, Aug. 12

Mountain View City Council incumbents (from left) Lucas Ramirez, Ellen Kamei and Alison Hicks have all announced their reelection campaigns for the 2022 council race. Photo courtesy Ellen Kamei's campaign website.

The Mountain View City Council race is beginning to heat up with all three incumbents and three newcomers having pulled papers so far for the November election.

The challengers are Justin Cohen, Berkley Hinton and Alex Mrozack, according to the city clerk’s office. Other than pulling papers, none of the three have made public announcements about their campaigns.

It was a big weekend for incumbents Lucas Ramirez, Ellen Kamei and Alison Hicks, as all three held their campaign kickoff parties.

The deadline to file candidate papers for anyone else hoping to throw their hat in the ring is this Friday, Aug. 12.

Mayor Ramirez, who announced his intention to run for reelection in early June, has already brought in about $12,000 in campaign contributions during the most recent filing period from Jan. 1 to June 30, 2022, according to FPPC filings posted to the city’s website. The reported donations come from a few dozen community members, including county Supervisor Joe Simitian, Rental Housing Committee member Emily Ramos and other Bay Area locals who reside both in and out of Mountain View.

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“My campaign is going better than I anticipated,” Ramirez told the Voice. “I’m overwhelmed and deeply humbled by the support I've gotten so far.”

Ramirez held his campaign kickoff party on Aug. 7, during which Simitian and U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) both spoke in support.

Incumbent Mayor Lucas Ramirez's campaign kickoff party included county Supervisor Joe Simitian and U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo as speakers. Photo courtesy Lam Nguyen.

“It's been a remarkable experience working with them over the last few years,” Ramirez said. “Through the pandemic, the city of Mountain View received support from every level of government.”

If reelected, Ramirez said he’d like to have fellow incumbents Vice Mayor Hicks and Council member Kamei continue to serve by his side. Both Hicks and Kamei announced their candidacies earlier this summer.

“We’ve all been attending each others’ kick-offs,” Ramirez said. “This council has worked really well together. We’ve accomplished a lot despite the challenges created by the pandemic, the housing crisis, inflation – things that are afflicting every community. … I’m hoping we can continue to work together over the next four years.”

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Kamei gathered the second highest number of donations in the last filing period, reporting that her campaign raised nearly $2,500 from about a dozen community members, including Santa Clara County Chief of Staff Wendy Ho and California State Assembly Chief of Staff Ryan Guillen. Her total contributions between Jan. 1 and June 30 top out at about $5,600 because she transferred $3,200 over from her 2018 campaign. Kamei additionally received a $1,000 donation on Aug. 4 from Foothill-De Anza Community College Trustee Gilbert Wong.

Kamei’s kickoff party was held Aug. 7 and also attended by Congresswoman Eshoo.

Incumbent city council member Ellen Kamei kicked off her reelection campaign Aug. 7. Photo courtesy Ellen Kamei.

"She is how I started out my career in public service," Kamei said of Eshoo. "I worked for her in 2008 as a staff assistant and that was my first position working on Capitol Hill for her, so it felt like a full circle moment for me to have her there."

Vice Mayor Hicks held her kickoff party Aug. 6, featuring community activists Olga Melo and Marilu Cuesta as her speakers.

Incumbent Vice Mayor Alison Hicks held her campaign kickoff party Aug. 6. Photo courtesy Alison Hicks.

“They’ve been very active for over a decade in the Latinx community, particularly on housing issues and making sure that (the Latinx) community made it through the pandemic without being evicted and making sure that low income people can stay in our community,” Hicks told the Voice. “So that was, to me, a very exciting kickoff speech.”

Hicks reported raising $1,000 during the latest filing period from a loan she made to her own campaign.

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Three incumbents, three new faces pull papers for Mountain View City Council race

Candidate filing deadline to run for three seats in November ballot is Friday, Aug. 12

by / Mountain View Voice

Uploaded: Mon, Aug 8, 2022, 1:26 pm

The Mountain View City Council race is beginning to heat up with all three incumbents and three newcomers having pulled papers so far for the November election.

The challengers are Justin Cohen, Berkley Hinton and Alex Mrozack, according to the city clerk’s office. Other than pulling papers, none of the three have made public announcements about their campaigns.

It was a big weekend for incumbents Lucas Ramirez, Ellen Kamei and Alison Hicks, as all three held their campaign kickoff parties.

The deadline to file candidate papers for anyone else hoping to throw their hat in the ring is this Friday, Aug. 12.

Mayor Ramirez, who announced his intention to run for reelection in early June, has already brought in about $12,000 in campaign contributions during the most recent filing period from Jan. 1 to June 30, 2022, according to FPPC filings posted to the city’s website. The reported donations come from a few dozen community members, including county Supervisor Joe Simitian, Rental Housing Committee member Emily Ramos and other Bay Area locals who reside both in and out of Mountain View.

“My campaign is going better than I anticipated,” Ramirez told the Voice. “I’m overwhelmed and deeply humbled by the support I've gotten so far.”

Ramirez held his campaign kickoff party on Aug. 7, during which Simitian and U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) both spoke in support.

“It's been a remarkable experience working with them over the last few years,” Ramirez said. “Through the pandemic, the city of Mountain View received support from every level of government.”

If reelected, Ramirez said he’d like to have fellow incumbents Vice Mayor Hicks and Council member Kamei continue to serve by his side. Both Hicks and Kamei announced their candidacies earlier this summer.

“We’ve all been attending each others’ kick-offs,” Ramirez said. “This council has worked really well together. We’ve accomplished a lot despite the challenges created by the pandemic, the housing crisis, inflation – things that are afflicting every community. … I’m hoping we can continue to work together over the next four years.”

Kamei gathered the second highest number of donations in the last filing period, reporting that her campaign raised nearly $2,500 from about a dozen community members, including Santa Clara County Chief of Staff Wendy Ho and California State Assembly Chief of Staff Ryan Guillen. Her total contributions between Jan. 1 and June 30 top out at about $5,600 because she transferred $3,200 over from her 2018 campaign. Kamei additionally received a $1,000 donation on Aug. 4 from Foothill-De Anza Community College Trustee Gilbert Wong.

Kamei’s kickoff party was held Aug. 7 and also attended by Congresswoman Eshoo.

"She is how I started out my career in public service," Kamei said of Eshoo. "I worked for her in 2008 as a staff assistant and that was my first position working on Capitol Hill for her, so it felt like a full circle moment for me to have her there."

Vice Mayor Hicks held her kickoff party Aug. 6, featuring community activists Olga Melo and Marilu Cuesta as her speakers.

“They’ve been very active for over a decade in the Latinx community, particularly on housing issues and making sure that (the Latinx) community made it through the pandemic without being evicted and making sure that low income people can stay in our community,” Hicks told the Voice. “So that was, to me, a very exciting kickoff speech.”

Hicks reported raising $1,000 during the latest filing period from a loan she made to her own campaign.

Comments

BT
Registered user
Shoreline West
on Aug 8, 2022 at 2:26 pm
BT, Shoreline West
Registered user
on Aug 8, 2022 at 2:26 pm

I want to better understand the positions of all who are vying for election to the City Council. The issues most dear me are the crazy, seemingly uncontrolled expansion of housing being built and the insane RV situation throughout our city. I think we need changes in the council depending on the candidates positions on those issues and they will likely determine who I will vote for in the upcoming election and in future elections.


Free Speech
Registered user
Martens-Carmelita
on Aug 8, 2022 at 3:11 pm
Free Speech, Martens-Carmelita
Registered user
on Aug 8, 2022 at 3:11 pm

I'd vote for virtually anyone who is not already on the council. What a useless lot the current councilors are.


DrJKL
Registered user
North Bayshore
on Aug 8, 2022 at 3:28 pm
DrJKL, North Bayshore
Registered user
on Aug 8, 2022 at 3:28 pm

Hey Free Speech,

What would you like them to have done that they haven't?


Concerned
Registered user
Sylvan Park
on Aug 8, 2022 at 4:43 pm
Concerned, Sylvan Park
Registered user
on Aug 8, 2022 at 4:43 pm

I agree with BT. RV’s and housing are the issues.

While a lot has been accomplished the RV situation is getting worse. Oversized vehicle ordinance aside, many of these vehicles are not roadworthy, lack tax, insurance and sanitation. Allowing people to live without running water, sewer and electricity is a disgrace. If these were homes they would be condemned!

I am supportive of expanding the housing stock but building rentals and little owner occupied housing is not the way to go. We need more balance to have a healthy community with roots.


Local
Registered user
Martens-Carmelita
on Aug 8, 2022 at 10:35 pm
Local, Martens-Carmelita
Registered user
on Aug 8, 2022 at 10:35 pm

I agree that the residents of MV have run out of patience with these three - and their lack of action for a solution to the RVs on our streets. Many RVs are continuing to leave trash and sewage, commit petty crime, and contribute nothing to our local taxes. Voters passed Measure C that would help those - who wanted help - to have "safe lots" with trash and sewage removal, provide security, and would link them with Community Services Agency to work toward housing. The enforcement date has been continuously delayed and these three candidates voted to delay it! We need Council that will be representative of the residents vote, and these three are not.
I hope the three who have taken out papers will run for Council, as we need people who will take action and represent the voters who voted to close down street living and all the health and crime problems. Encourage your friends to run and file by August 12th!


cc-r
Registered user
North Bayshore
on Aug 9, 2022 at 8:19 am
cc-r, North Bayshore
Registered user
on Aug 9, 2022 at 8:19 am

For those who are complaining about the RV parking "problem" on the streets of Mountain View, please remember as the ban is being held up in court, it is not a situation that the present council members are able to resolve. Seems a bit of a "not thought out whining" to blame them...saying they have done nothing, this is a problem also outside of Mountain View, take a trip down to Los Angeles and visit Skid Row.......see MV Online story "With Mountain View's parking ban tied up in court, a construction project is pushing inhabited RVs off of Crisanto Avenue
Original post made on May 23, 2022"


MV neighbor
Registered user
Old Mountain View
on Aug 9, 2022 at 2:51 pm
MV neighbor, Old Mountain View
Registered user
on Aug 9, 2022 at 2:51 pm

It is true that enforcement of the oversized vehicle ban is hung up in court, but two of the three incumbents consistently voted against any kind of ban. It is important that the positions of all candidates be clearly examined.


MV Resident
Registered user
Cuesta Park
on Aug 9, 2022 at 9:20 pm
MV Resident, Cuesta Park
Registered user
on Aug 9, 2022 at 9:20 pm

Lucas Ramirez unnecessary spent $50,000 having the logo for Mountain View redesigned. Mountain View has also become the dumping ground for hardcore homeless in RVs.
If you feel the RV homeless have a right to park on the streets then surely you can't be against the less fortunate homeless who don't own RVs but do have tents. Will you allow the tents to be put up on sidewalks?


Jeremy Hoffman
Registered user
Monta Loma
on Aug 9, 2022 at 9:54 pm
Jeremy Hoffman, Monta Loma
Registered user
on Aug 9, 2022 at 9:54 pm

To summarize the above comments:

1. People living in RVs is absolutely unacceptable.
2. House building is out of control. Infill development (which the IPCC says is one of the best ways for cities to reduce carbon emissions per capita!) of affordable homes, including rentals, is unacceptable. Only luxury, low density, low-efficiency ownership housing should be permitted.

I gotta laugh to keep from crying.

I wholeheartedly support Lucas Rameriz for his even-handed, forward-looking approach that balances the needs of all members of our community.


MyOpinion
Registered user
Sylvan Park
on Aug 9, 2022 at 10:36 pm
MyOpinion, Sylvan Park
Registered user
on Aug 9, 2022 at 10:36 pm

The city council’s solution to the squalid conditions we see with many of these RVs is to keep moving them around. Now business owners on streets like Pioneer Way just need to deal with it. The city ignores the health & safety issues. The July 22 knife fight at 3am involving RV ‘resident’ did not make headlines did the Voice report it at all???? Residents have had enough!!!!! .


MyOpinion
Registered user
Sylvan Park
on Aug 9, 2022 at 10:40 pm
MyOpinion, Sylvan Park
Registered user
on Aug 9, 2022 at 10:40 pm

I am NOT voting for any of the incumbents. They do not represent me. Jury is out on the newcomers. Unless they are established MV residents in support of cleaning up this city, they are out too.


MyOpinion
Registered user
Cuernavaca
on Aug 10, 2022 at 9:38 am
MyOpinion, Cuernavaca
Registered user
on Aug 10, 2022 at 9:38 am

How many members of the City Council have actually WALKED down Continental Circle? And how many have been INSIDE some of these squalid RV's? An abandoned shopping car with a bag of fast food trash, a stack of 3 five gallon buckets and a waste basket with a plastic bag liner was on the sidewalk in back of PAMF. Is this their solution for dealing with human waste? I wonder where that is getting dumped? It looks like an attempt was made to clean up some of the encampment that was starting near the sound wall closest to PAMF, so that resulted in those same RV's moving further down Continental Circle only to start a trash pile at that end. The council ignores public health & safety, Not voting for any incumbent. Needless to say Simitian is all-in for the incumbents, so he can continue to use Mtn View as the county's safety net destination, not Palo Alto, where he lives.


Nora S.
Registered user
Rex Manor
on Aug 10, 2022 at 10:26 am
Nora S., Rex Manor
Registered user
on Aug 10, 2022 at 10:26 am

I would like to see the positions of the candidates on traffic safety issues, especially in light of the recent death of the middle school student as he was biking to school. Why have there been no bike-safety improvements made in the months since then? The summer would have been a perfect time to implement changes.


ivg
Registered user
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Aug 10, 2022 at 10:42 am
ivg, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
Registered user
on Aug 10, 2022 at 10:42 am

Right, NIMBYs, keep raging. See you at the polls.


Alex Nunez
Registered user
Shoreline West
on Aug 10, 2022 at 1:41 pm
Alex Nunez, Shoreline West
Registered user
on Aug 10, 2022 at 1:41 pm

Glad we have three great incumbents to vote for. Thanks to them for making this year's choices so easy!


Johnny Yuma
Registered user
Blossom Valley
on Aug 11, 2022 at 4:09 pm
Johnny Yuma, Blossom Valley
Registered user
on Aug 11, 2022 at 4:09 pm

I want fresh faces. I'm tired of the pro-growth council representatives who resist and refuse to consider quality of life in Mountain View. As it is now, this city is headed for high-rise buildings and greater gridlock traffic. Enough is enough.


Steven Goldstein
Registered user
Old Mountain View
on Aug 14, 2022 at 3:13 pm
Steven Goldstein, Old Mountain View
Registered user
on Aug 14, 2022 at 3:13 pm

What I understand is this.

The new rules in effect require any candidate to disclose where donations are coming from, and that means if any group like the California Association of Realtors of the California Apartment Association has to be disclosed, those candidates KNOW they are not welcome in the city of Mountain View.

It makes you think what it will be like when Lisa Matichak and Margarete Abe Koga have to step down, who will get their places?

The new rules are CLEANING UP the politics of Mountain View, GOOD WORK MOUNTAIN VIEW


Robin
Registered user
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Aug 16, 2022 at 1:31 pm
Robin, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
Registered user
on Aug 16, 2022 at 1:31 pm

Web Link

legal challenge to RV ordinance


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