In the end I walked two precincts
for her. Reading the following article the morning after the
election knocked my sox off. Go Mountain View!
This is what the election results
looked like when the above article was written.
We figured the die was cast for a
while. Then the results started to change.
Update, Friday November 23rd:
Counting the absentee ballots, Alison Hicks fell behind Pat
Showalter. The race is still too close to call, but final results
are due next week sometime. Also, I'm expecting a recount after
that. Looks like this is the most gripping post election day horse
race in Mountain View's living memory. Wow.
Tuesday, November 27th: Found this
tidbit in the newspaper.
This is so exciting I'm doing the
math to figure out if Alison has an insurmountable lead. Let's say
ten percent of those 12,000 uncounted ballots are from Mountain
View. That would be about 1200 votes. Lets say the average from
the previous count holds exactly. That would mean Hicks gets 212
more votes and so does Showalter. So for the lead to shift again
45 more of the remaining votes would have to go to Showalter than
go to Hicks. That seams unlikely but it is mathematically
Nov. 29: The counting continues.
Looks like Alison is holding onto that lead and even extend it
just a little bit.
Nov. 29, late in the PM: Found this
tidbit at the end of the "continued on page 34" for a front page
ballot access news story in the paper. So thrilled that the voters
seem likely to have picked Alison Hicks, whom I also voted for. 98
votes is an incredibly thin margin, but it is starting to look
like enough. After I saw this story I called up Virginia who
looked it up on the web and said "Now Alison leads by 100 votes."
Dec. 10th: Alison said that the
County had already certified the election with her in third place.
When the margin had been 17 votes or so there had been talk of a
recount, but that had gone away. She expects the City Council to
certify the results at the meeting tomorrow evening, and then the
race will really be over. She also said "With the margin of
victory as thin as it was, your efforts probably were what put me
over the top." Probably she can also truly say that to at least a
half a dozen other people.
Dec 11th: Did her opponent really
agree with that? I wanted some sort of closure on the matter. Went
to City Hall to see them vote on the issue. Figured that if she
voted to accept the results that would be the end of the story.
There was a huge turnout waiting for
the meeting to begin when it finally got under way. Turns out they
weren't there for the election results. It was the 2005 Rock
Street matter, but that's another story.
Among the crowd were two of the
council members that had been elected last month. Probably they
were mainly there because attending the city council meeting is
the best way to put your finger on our city's pulse.
The first order of business was a
presentation by this woman from the Santa Clara County Health
Department. She was presenting an award to Mountain View for
making it easier to be a bicyclist and/or a pedestrian in the
city. She listed off a number of specific improvements we'd made
recently. She also congratulated the citizens of Mountain View for
taking advantage of them, because we were making ourselves a
healthier city by doing so.
Mayor Siegel said something like "I
didn't even know we were doing all that stuff." when he accepted
the award on our behalf. The ceremony came and went so quickly I
didn't have time to turn on my camera and get a good shot before
it was over.
Then former Mayor Mike Kasperzak,
our representative on the water board or some such agency, gave a
report on water infrastructure updates and contract obligations.
The gist of it was that likely we have more water rights than we
really need at the moment, and bay area governments are looking
into structural changes that will add to our water storage
capabilities. They are also looking into ways the cities and
counties of the area can trade water and water rights in ways that
optimize the efficiency of the ways we use our available
There were some items pulled from
the consent calendar, but accepting the election results was not
one of them. The motion to accept the uncontested consent calendar
items passed with flying colors. All my doubts about the finality
of the election results were laid to rest.
There will be a few new faces on the
dais early next year.