In particular, tenant advocates took issue with assertions made in the proposed ballot language that rent control is draining money from the city's general fund. This seems to be a reference to a $1 million loan the city was obligated to make to help launch the program after its passage. Rent control advocates point out that loan has been repaid in full, and they say it is false to claim the program will take any more money from the city.
The rent control program is funded through an annual fee on apartments.
The group Measure V Too Costly submitted the proposed voter initiative to the city on March 30. Members describe it as a sensible set of reforms that would fix major flaws in the city's rent control regime. But opponents say the measure's language would actually result in repealing most of the tenant protections approved by voters in November 2016.
Mountain View's city attorney has until next week to review the submitted ballot language and issue a summary of its provisions. After that step, organizers can begin the process of gathering signatures to put the measure on the November ballot.
Three-part series on Islam
The Mountain View Human Relations Commission will be hosting a three-part speaker series on "Understanding Islam," hosted by Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian. Each event will feature a panel of experts and activists from the Muslim community.
Last year, Simitian led a similar Islamic series in Palo Alto, which was well-received and sold out. He said he hoped more citizens could attend now that the event will be repeated at a larger venue in Mountain View.
The first event in the series, "What does it mean to be Muslim?" will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on April 16. The next panel will discuss "Women and Islam" from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on April 23. The final event will focus on domestic fears of Islamic extremism, and will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on April 30. All the speaker events will be held at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts at 500 Castro St. Admission is free, but space is limited.
To RSVP for the event or get more information, visit supervisorsimitian.com.
St. Francis High School names new principal
A former St. Francis High School student and East Bay school administrator has been tapped to be the new principal at St. Francis, marking the latest in a leadership shuffle at the school.
Katie Teekell, who currently serves as vice principal at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward, was selected by a search committee convened by the St. Francis High School Board of Directors following the retirement of current principal Patricia Tennant. Teekell takes the new job effective July 1.
Teekell graduated from St. Francis in 2000, and launched her career in education with a degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 2005. After working as a teacher and a coach at Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland — and later the director of student services — she took an administrative role at Moreau Catholic High. Her current vice principal role includes far-reaching oversight of student activities, instruction, counseling, academic support and discipline.
"Katie is a proud Saint Francis graduate who embraces and embodies the Holy Cross charism and will inspire our students, faculty and staff," St. Francis Interim President Tony Mancuso said in a statement released last month.
The selection comes less than two months after former St. Francis High School President Simon Chiu announced his resignation, ending a three-year term in the leadership role at the school. The announcement and resignation letter were scant on reasons for the decision, only that Chiu sought to "pursue other opportunities." Board members picked Mancuso to serve as interim president.
Bilingual election officers sought
The Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters is calling for 5,000 to 6,000 election officers to serve in over 800 polling places around the county for the June 5 election.
The registrar is seeking bilingual support in 19 different languages for the 824 polling places that will serve the diverse population of the county.
Bilingual individuals who speak Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin and Taiwanese), Tagalog, Korean, Russian, Farsi, Punjabi, Japanese, Hindi, Telugu, Portuguese, Khmer, Syriac, Tamil, Gujarati and Nepali are requested.
Officer responsibilities include answering procedural questions and otherwise helping voters exercise their voting rights while being stationed at polling places throughout the county on June 5.
Additional temporary, full-time positions of Early Vote Center workers will be hired and operate out of the Early Vote Centers that open 10 days before the election, county officials said.
The short-term election officers will receive three weeks of training to operate the seven full-service facilities around the county. Previous clerical experience is required for Early Vote Center workers.
Those who are U.S. citizens registered to vote as a permanent resident and are 18 or older can be an election officer. The registrar will also hire high school students who are at least 16 years old, staff said.
Officers will be paid a stipend of $200 for their services with a bonus if they are bilingual. County employees said that Early Vote Center applicants have additional vetting as potential future workers and are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.
For more information on election officer or Early Vote Center positions, people can contact the Registrar at (408) 299-POLL. Those interested can sign up by clicking the "Volunteer" tab on www.sccvote.org.
—Bay City News Service
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