Although I am a Mountain View resident, I am also in the Los Altos School District and I am not comfortable with Bullis's student selection process — essentially a variation on the "separate but equal" segregation policies of the south where and when I was raised. Those policies are allowable to private schools (that segregate according to ability to pay the tuition) and church-owned schools (that segregate according to religion, and can also be expensive), but were struck down for public schools by the 1954 Supreme Court verdict in Brown v Board of Education, "separate is inherently not equal."
The proposed new campus makes this segregation policy even more explicit. Even though it is not explicitly racist (as those southern policies were), it still proposes a "separate but equal" school experience for low-income students.
This "separate but equal" policy is wrong.
Now, the Los Altos School District is negotiating with Mountain View for placement of a school in Mountain View, north of El Camino Real. If Bullis wants their new "magnet" school to be on that site, but to continue or expand their "separate but equal" admission policies, I am opposed.
Measure V serving Mountain View
We all agree housing stability is good for communities. Measure V promised to improve housing stability in Mountain View by keeping rent increases reasonable. It is working extremely well. More than 15,000 Mountain View families can sleep better now, and focus on working, shopping, their children's homework — all the normal things that make a community. I'd call that priceless!
Measure V is also an example of extremely efficient city government. The staff — who have been praised by both landlords and tenants — chose to incorporate billing for Measure V annual fees into the existing annual billing for apartment inspection costs — efficient! Website and finance needs make use of existing city infrastructure — with appropriate cost allocation. Also efficient. The final modest cost to run Measure V is only $13 a month per unit. This cost was billed to landlords in January. As these payments come in, the city of Mountain View will be fully paid for its start-up funding of Measure V. Measure V is revenue-neutral to the City of Mountain View. Summary — cost to landlords — $13 monthly per unit. Cost to city of Mountain View — zero. Benefit to our community? Happier children, friends who stay rather than moving, less workforce turnover. Measure V is serving Mountain View.
Judge Persky doesn't represent voters
We need our elected officials to represent the voters in this county and what we value. Judge Persky has proven time and again that he is not fit for that task.
In Santa Clara County, we value women. We support victims of sexual violence, and we consider domestic violence, sexual assault, and felony child porn convictions to be serious crimes. We do not consider an unremorseful sex offender's athletic prospects or elite background to be mitigating factors for why he deserves an exceptionally lenient sentence, worthy of being breaking international news. We believe in equal protection under the law and equal access to justice, and we demand that mercy extend beyond privileged perpetrators of sexual violence.
Judge Persky is my elected representative on the Superior Court bench, but he does not represent me or what I stand for, and that is why I'm voting yes to recall him this June.
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