News - August 17, 2011

Election 2011: Voters face election contests, bond measure

by Dave Boyce

A half-billion-dollar community college bond measure is on the ballot in November, as are several local races that are now officially contested.

These include the fire protection district in Menlo Park, the local high school district, the community college district, the elementary school district in Woodside, and possibly the Woodside Town Council.

The filing period ended Friday, Aug. 12, for elections where incumbents are running for re-election. In elections where incumbents are not running, the deadline is extended to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17.

In the San Mateo County Community College District, voters will be asked to approve a $564 million bond measure, which requires 55 percent voter approval for passage.

The funds would be used to modernize classrooms, classroom equipment and libraries; add renewable and alternative energy systems; retrofit for seismic and fire hazards; improve access for disabled students; remove hazardous materials; add security cameras; and fix leaky roofs and deteriorating infrastructure.

Following are the candidates in contested elections. Candidates are listed in the order shown on a roster at the website of the San Mateo County Registrar of Voters.

Sequoia Union High School District, with three seats open and five candidates: East Palo Alto nonprofit director Larry Moody, San Carlos School District board member Carrie B. Du Bois, Stanford University law school lecturer and Menlo Park resident Allen Weiner, and incumbents Lorraine Rumley and Olivia Martinez.

Menlo Park Fire Protection District, with two seats open and five candidates: incumbent Bart Spencer, business executive Scott Barnum, security consultant Robert Silano, community activist Virginia Chang Kiraly, and former board member and "low-voltage" electrician Steve Kennedy.

San Mateo County Community College District, with three seats open and six candidates: incumbent Dave Mandelkern, Jaime Diaz, incumbent Patricia Miljanich, incumbent Karen Schwarz, Shawn Kann (who is listed as having not yet completed the nomination process), education nonprofit director Joe Ross, and businessman Michael Stogner.

Woodside Elementary School District, with two open seats and three candidates: lawyer and parent Kevin P.B. Johnson, businessman and parent Rudy Driscoll, and incumbent and lawyer Virginia "Ginger" Bamford.

Woodside Town Council, with the District 3 seat open and two candidates: venture capitalist Tom Shanahan and Eldona Hamel. Mr. Shanahan has completed the nomination process and Ms. Hamel has not, Town Clerk Janet Koelsch told the Almanac. Meanwhile, incumbent councilmen Ron Romines, Dave Burow and Peter Mason are running for re-election.

In Portola Valley, incumbent Councilwoman Ann Wengert has completed the process in her bid for re-election to the Town Council. The other possible candidate, Jeff Aalfs of the architecture review board, has not yet completed the nomination process, Town Clerk Sharon Hanlon said, but he has until Aug. 17 to do so.

Papers are available in Portola Valley Town Hall at 765 Portola Road on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 to 5 p.m.

In Woodside, Town Hall is at 2955 Woodside Road with weekday hours from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m.

On the board of the West Bay Sanitary District, three incumbents are running unopposed: David Alexander Walker, Frances M. Dehn and Ronald W. Shepherd.

In the Woodside Fire Protection District, two board incumbents, John Gardner and Patrick Cain, are running unopposed.

Two seats are open on the Ladera Recreation District board. Incumbent Karen Fryling is running, as is Peter Caryotakis, a science teacher at Menlo-Atherton High School.

Two seats are also open on the board of the Los Trancos County Water District, and Claudia C. Mazzetti has filed for one of them.


Posted by scout, a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Aug 16, 2011 at 8:45 pm

NO WAY are we going to vote more tax increases the san mateo college. We are going without and SO ARE THEY!

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