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OMVNA Newsletter

October 2004
Volume 16, Number 7

Special Elections Edition

Welcome to our 2004 election special! This issue is devoted entirely to the 2004 Mountain View City Council and Mountain View-Whisman School Board elections. We’ve invited all of the candidates to submit a short statement for this edition of the newsletter, and many of them have chosen to do so. Please take the time to educate yourself and vote in the election on November 2nd.

Mountain View City Council Elections

Candidate statements are presented in the order that was determined by the randomized alphabet drawing conducted August 12, 2004.

Tom Means
Laura Macias
Matt Pear
Nick Galiotto
Stephanie Schaaf
Margaret Abe-Koga

Mountain View-Whisman School Board Election

Candidate statements are presented in the order that was determined by the randomized alphabet drawing conducted August 12, 2004.

RoseMary Sias Roquero
Gloria Higgins
Michael "Mike" Kelly
Fiona Walter
Juan Aranda

General Meeting


Tom Means University Economics Professor

  • Parks and Recreation Commissioner (1998-2004, Chair 2 yrs.)
  • Urban Forestry Board (1998-2004)
  • Director, Center for Economic Education, SJSU
  • Ph.D. Economics UCLA, 1983
  • BA UC-Davis, 1975

Mountain View resident and community volunteer for over 20 years.

A professional economist that knows how to evaluate and balance the tradeoffs that exist in decision-making, and create value in the public sector. A faculty member with over 20 years of committee experience producing results.

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Laura Macias Business Consultant

I'm running for Council to manage the fine balance of growth, housing, economic development, downtown revitalization, open space and parks in Mountain View. A dedicated community leader, business manager for 20+ years, and a MV Commissioner on Environmental Planning, and Parks and Recreation for the past 9 years, with a deep understanding of all our community, I’ve produced positive results for MV. I will promote healthy balance, while safeguarding and improving our quality of life. I'd appreciate your vote!

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Matt Pear Incumbent

My priorities are to continue enhancing public safety, senior and youth programs, open space, and city infrastructure; addressing housing affordability and traffic; and working closely with neighborhoods and schools. I advocated to increase CalTrain service and for the Smart Growth principles that make Mountain View a safe, pleasant, and exciting city in which to live, work and raise children. I will continue to make our government fiscally responsive, economically vibrant and community oriented. Please visit for more information.

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Nick Galiotto Incumbent

Your vote will continue my efforts on Council to give you a voice on the major issues we face:

  • Preservation of existing neighborhoods.
  • Attraction and retention of large and small businesses to restore the vibrant economic environment and general well-being of the community.
  • Balanced affordable housing opportunities.
  • Strong oversight of Senior Center, parking garage, water reservoirs, recycled methane and water, plus developments like HP and Emporium sites.

I ask that you again trust me with your vote November 2nd.

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Stephanie Schaaf Software Engineer

I am running for Council because I want to make sure that our children and grandchildren will enjoy a clean environment and be able to afford to live here in their hometown. My community leadership experience combined with years of constant participation in City Council meetings and study sessions gives me the depth of expertise needed to lead the city to make that happen. Please visit my web site at for more information. I respectfully ask for your vote.

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Margaret Abe-Koga Trustee, Santa Clara County Board of Education

Dear Neighbors,

My family and I love living in Old Mountain View. We are settled here, so now I would like to serve the community that we call home. As your City Councilmember I will work hard for economic revitalization, neighborhood preservation, and smart community development initiatives. My broad range of experience and leadership as a County Board of Education Trustee, aide to Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, business owner, City Commissioner Leadership Mountain View graduate and community activist will make the difference. I respectfully ask for your vote.

Margaret Abe-Koga

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RoseMary Sias Roquero


Native Mountain View Resident
Educated and taught within MV schools.
Teaching Credentials: Regular & Special Ed
Certificates: CLAD & Multicultural/Special Ed/ ESL
Teacher: Reading Revolution
Daughters: Lisa ‘92 Graduate UC Berkeley Marisa Freshwoman Mills College
School Leadership spans 30 years.
Landels Kindergarten Room Parent to 2002 Co-President of LAHS PTSA, Site Council, MVLA Budget Committee, LAHS Mentor, 2004 MVWSD School Closure Task Force.


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Gloria Higgins

It is my privilege to serve on the school board in our wonderful community. Thanks to your support, our district has made significant progress with our strategic plan and newly passed parcel tax. Now we face new challenges and opportunities. I have the experience and commitment necessary to fulfill our mission of success for all. I am eager to work with you to meet that goal. I would be honored to have your vote. Thank you.

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Michael "Mike" Kelly

The Mountain View-Whisman School District is at a crossroads facing many serious issues; state budget constraints, the Measure J litigation, potential school closure and poor test scores. As a former trustee of the Whisman School District I will bring board experience to the table.

My priorities are a quality education for all children, accountability for success and failure of educational programs, and open communication with you, the community, that has elected me.

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Fiona Walter

The Mountain View-Whisman School District currently faces many challenges, including choosing a superintendent and school closure. I am active in our district at many levels (classroom volunteer, Co-President of the Huff PTA, executive board member for both parcel taxes, and a dedicated school board meeting attendee) as well as being a parent and Stanford engineering graduate. I will objectively evaluate issues affecting our children while focusing on making our district one of excellence. Thank you for your consideration.

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Juan Aranda

Mr. Aranda elected not to contribute a statement for publication.

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General Meeting Update

OMVNA Elections will be held at our next General Meeting on Wednesday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of Trinity United Methodist Church. We will hold a brief election followed by our City Council candidates’ forum.

The Nominating Committee unanimously selected the following slate for 2005:
Chair: Velva Rowell
Vice Chair: Ken Rosenberg
Secretary: Kim Copher
Treasurer: Aaron Grossman
Newsletter Editor: Nikol Jackson
Community Liaison: Tom Matula
At Large: Jamil Shaikh
At Large: Erin Sanders
CERT Subcommitee Chair: Aaron Grossman

Thanks go out to the Nominating Committee, Bruce Karney (Chair), Ronit Bryant, Jamil Shaikh, Erin Sanders and Monica Smith for all of their hard work putting this slate together.

Please note that we amended our bylaws to have the Steering Committee term run from January through December. The newly elected Steering Committee members will shadow the current group until they take office in January 2005.

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