Wed09172014

Mountain View on the Move

MV Whisman teachers cite low pay


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
An estimated 75 supporters of higher teacher pay turned out for the Sept. 4 Mountain View Whisman School District board meeting.

Teachers, trustees and administrators are recovering from a dramatic Mountain View Whisman School District Board of Trustees meeting Sept. 4 marked by fiery speeches over low teacher pay.

Teachers, accompanied by sympathetic parents, took their case public when recent negotiations reached a standstill.

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Bryant Park Plaza building earns kudos


Courtesy of Roger Burnell
Bryant Park Plaza, located at 900 Villa St., is the first LEED Gold ground-up project completed in downtown Mountain View.

Roger Burnell beams with pride when discussing his recently opened office building, Bryant Park Plaza, in downtown Mountain View.

The three-story building at 900 Villa St. has numerous features worth bragging about. For one, the building is the first LEED Gold ground-up project constructed downtown. For another, a high-tech community billboard of sorts will entertain and inform passersby with audio-visual episodes spanning historical topics, current events and activities.

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Historical homes on MV tour


Photo Courtesy of Peter Darrah
A 1928 Mission bungalow on Dana Street is among the highlights of the Mountain View Educational Foundation’s 2014 Home Tour.

The Mountain View Educational Foundation has scheduled its 2014 Home Tour 1-5 p.m. Sept. 28.

The tour showcases seven homes in downtown Mountain View located within easy walking distance of each other in the Franklin Street neighborhood between the library and the police station.

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Sitar star performs at CSMA


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Sitar guru Pandit Habib Khan is scheduled to present his sitar student Charles Lloyd in a debut Ganda Bandhan Concert 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Community School of Music and Arts’ Finn Center in Mountain View.

Ganda Bandhan is the traditional Indian ceremony of acceptance between teacher (guru) and student (shishya). Lloyd has trained for the performance over the past nine years.

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Weather drives successful festival


The warm summer weather drew a large crowd to the annual Mountain View Art & Wine Festival, held Sept. 6 and 7 along Castro Street. Visitors from all over the Bay Area examined the handicrafts available at the festival. Sales were 20 percent above last year’s event, said Oscar Garcia, president of the festival-sponsoring Mountain View Chamber of Commerce. “The weather played a hug factor in this,” he said. The increased attendance also was “very impressive,” Garcia said, considering at least four other major events going on that same weekend. Garcia said the chamber has added new features to the festival every year, this year’s event seeing the introduction of a “wine haven.”

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Mtn. View Briefs

MV library sponsors LEGO time for adults

The Mountain View Public Library has scheduled “Lunchtime LEGOs for Grown-Ups” sessions 12:30-1:30 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at the library, 585 Franklin St.

The library will provide the LEGOs – participants should bring their own lunches, keeping in mind that messy hands and sticky fingers are not conducive to LEGO play.

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TC interrogates MV's new top cop: Q&A interview with Max Bosel


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Max Bosel took over as police chief in Mountain View this month, replacing Scott Vermeer. Bosel has been with the department for nearly 20 years.

August marks Max Bosel’s first month as chief of the Mountain View Police Department. He replaces Scott Vermeer, who resigned in the spring to take a job in the private sector.

Bosel has been with the department for nearly 20 years – first as an officer, then as a captain – and has lived in Mountain View for nine years.

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Nine candidates enter Mountain View City Council race

Nine candidates have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election.

Longtime councilmembers Jac Siegel, Margaret Abe-Koga and Ronit Bryant are termed out at the end of the year. The second terms of Councilmen John Inks and Mike Kasperzak expire in January 2017.

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Forum for MV council candidates slated Aug. 27

Candidates in the crowded field for seats on the Mountain View City Council will have an opportunity next week to separate themselves from the pack.

The nine candidates vying for the three open seats are scheduled to participate in the 2014 Mountain View City Council Candidate Forum 6 p.m. Aug. 27 at Microsoft Silicon Valley, 1065 Lane Ave., Mountain View.

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Moffett Field museum prepares historic U-2 spy plane for display


Herb Parsons/Special to the Town Crier
This U-2 “Dragon Lady” will soon join the displays at the Moffett Field Historical Society Museum’s Air Park in Mountain View.

It wasn’t an emergency that drew the men and women of the Disaster Assistance Rescue Team of the NASA Ames Fire Department to the shadow of historic Hangar One at Moffett Field recently.

The emergency workers were there to help volunteers from the Moffett Field Historical Society Museum reattach the wings of a vintage U-2 “Dragon Lady” spy plane. Once secured, the legendary U-2 will join the displays at the museum’s Air Park.

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'A gem in Silicon Valley': Computer History Museum traces tech innovation


Lindsay Ognoskie/Town Crier
The Computer History Museum in Mountain View documents the evolution of technology and its impact on daily living.

In the future, perhaps sooner than expected, you might not be driving your car to work – your car could be driving you.

The Computer History Museum in Mountain View has partnered with Google Inc. to showcase the advances of the self-driving car. Google’s revolutionary car, a detailed history of its development and a list of other autonomous vehicles are on display at the museum through November.

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