Mountain View on the Move

City's minimum-wage hike earns mixed reviews: Raise to $10.30 an hour meets with approval – and concern

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Tandava Waldon, left, manager of East West Bookstore on Castro Street in Mountain View, works with a customer. Waldon said the recently approved minimum-wage hike will have little impact on his business. “It’s not such a huge issue,” he said. “We can live with it – we pay $10 an hour anyway.”

Minimum-wage workers at Mountain View restaurants, retailers and other businesses will receive raises next year after the Mountain View City Council approved a wage hike last week.

The council voted at an Oct. 9 study session to establish a minimum-wage ordinance that would raise wages from the current $9 an hour mandated by state law to $10.30, effective July 1.


Voters to determine Mtn. View council salary in Measure A

Voters in November will determine whether Mountain View city councilmembers receive a significant pay raise.

If Measure A on the Nov. 4 ballot passes, salaries would increase from $600 per month to $1,000. The council in June voted to place the pay hike on the ballot, citing increased responsibilities as the city has grown. Measure A proponents said councilmembers routinely devote 20-30 hours per week to city business. The current $600 salary has been in place since 1984.


Local chefs cook for a cause in Mtn. View

Margaret Abe/Special to the Town Crier
First-place winner Isamu Kanai, left, executive chef at Bushido Izakaya in Mountain View, receives his award from event judge Mike Inouye, traffic anchor for NBC Bay Area.

The fourth annual “Chefs of Compassion: Cooking for a Cause” fundraiser drew a large crowd to the Computer History Museum in Mountain View Sept. 19.

The event, a benefit for the nonprofit West Valley Community Services, included a silent auction and local chefs preparing dinner.


Mountain View dog policy unleashes positive feedback

The new off-leash dog program under way in Mountain View parks has drawn mostly positive reviews, based on feedback given to city officials.

Parks Manager Bruce Hulburt said 65-70 percent of comments received nearly three months into the one-year pilot program have been favorable.


Mtn. View Briefs

Courtesy of CSMA
“Coloured Conversations,” an exhibition by Kosi Nnebe, a 21-year-old Nigerian-Canadian visual artist, runs in conjunction with the fifth annual Silicon Valley African Film Festival. The exhibition is on display in CSMA’s Mohr Gallery through Sunday. Pictured above is a Nnebe’s “Unmirrored.”

League of Women Voters hosts MV council forum

The Los Altos-Mountain View Branch of the League of Women Voters has scheduled a Candidates Forum for Mountain View City Council 4-6 p.m. today at Google Headquarters, 1600 Amphitheater Parkway, Bldg. 40, Mountain View.

Nine candidates, none of them incumbents, have filed to run for three open seats on the Mountain View City Council in the Nov. 4 election.


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.


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.


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.


Sitar star performs at CSMA


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.


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.”


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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