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Mountain View on the Move

Mtn. View Briefs

City explores gun-control law

By a majority vote, the Mountain View City Council May 27 directed City Attorney Jannie Quinn to prepare a briefing on Measure C, the gun-control ordinance passed by Sunnyvale voters last November.

The council vote followed discussion by former state Assemblywoman Sally Lieber, who referenced the recent shootings near UC Santa Barbara as a reason to act urgently rather than wait for reform at the national level.

The Sunnyvale law, which includes guns already acquired, makes it a misdemeanor to possess magazines that fire more than 10 rounds. The National Rifle Association is challenging the law in the courts.

At the suggestion of Mountain View Mayor Chris Clark, Quinn will include information on the obstacles Sunnyvale has experienced in implementing and enforcing Measure C.

MV councilwoman runs for hospital board

Mountain View City Councilwoman Margaret Abe-Koga recently declared her candidacy for a seat on the El Camino Healthcare District Board of Directors (formerly the El Camino Hospital District). Abe-Koga is termed out of her seat on the city council after this year.

“Health and wellness have been priorities of mine in my personal life, in my work in elected office as a member of the Mountain View City Council and in my professional work,” Abe-Koga writes on her campaign site. “On the council, I championed health and wellness through land-use initiatives such as in our General Plan Update. I’ve also helped institute health and wellness programs for Mountain View city employees as well as for the community at large.”

Two seats may be open on the five-member district board in the November election. Board member Dr. Patricia Einarson said she would not seek re-election. David Reeder’s seat also is open in November.

Public hearing set on downtown parking

The Mountain View City Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing June 24 to formalize the annual contributions of downtown businesses through a parking assessment district.

As has been the case for the past 17 years, the city is proposing to collect $158,606 for fiscal year 2014-2015, which would be divided among 214 property owners.

Basic maintenance and operations for the downtown area cost approximately $1 million annually. The city provides 82 percent of that cost, primarily via property taxes and permit fees, with the assessment district contributing 18 percent.

Staff members noted that the number of parcels has decreased while parking demands have increased.

With the dissolution of a major revenue source in the city’s revitalization authority, officials are looking for sources to cover additional costs.

Proposition 218, passed in 1996, requires that the city place any proposed increase in assessment district fees before the assessment district for approval.

The city is also funding an additional police position to increase downtown parking enforcement and consultant services to evaluate and identify new parking technologies.

In addition, the city has undertaken a feasibility study for a third downtown parking garage.

– Town Crier Staff Reports

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