Mountain View's 'head tax' measure passes; Incumbents Siegel, Showalter ousted ...

Months of debate over Mountain View’s proposal to charge Google and other businesses a tax based on the number of their employees culminated with a resounding victory Tuesday night, with unofficial election results showing ballot Measure P captured 69.22 percent yes votes.

And in the Mountain View City Council race, Mayor Lenny Siegel and Councilwoman Pat Showalter were swept out of office in a contest where six candidates vied for three seats.

Mountain View forged ahead with its controversial proposal around the same time that Seattle walked back a similar plan amid fierce opposition from local business titans such as Amazon and Starbucks.

Cupertino briefly considered a similar tax earlier this year but opted to wait and spend more time crafting a viable plan while engaging with the business community.

In the race for council, building more housing in a city that’s filled with an abundance of workers and tech giants was a top concern that divided the six candidates.

It’s a critical issue for a city that outpaces others in the county in home construction and could see more than 15,000 new rental and ownership units built in the near future.

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