Mountain View on the Move

And they're off!: Free MV community shuttles provide car-free transportation for residents

Ellie Van Houtte/ Town CrIer
The free Mountain View Community Shuttle travels its inaugural route Friday along the one-hour, 30-stop loop through the city.

Local residents will soon see more shuttles on the streets of Mountain View with the launch of two new transportation services this month – the Mountain View Community Shuttle and MVgo.

Both bus services – coordinated by the Mountain View Transportation Management Association – are accessible to the public at no cost. The Community Shuttle transports local residents to popular destinations, while MVgo focuses on serving commuters moving between the Mountain View Transit Center and local business offices.


New mayor, council take the reins in Mountain View

From the City of Mountain View Webcast
Three new Mountain View City Councilmembers, from left, Lenny Siegel, Pat Showalter and Ken Rosenberg, take the oath of office at the Jan. 6 council meeting.

The city of Mountain View rang in the New Year with a new city council and mayor during the first council meeting of the year Jan. 6.

Pat Showalter, Ken Rosenberg and Lenny Siegel, elected to the three open council seats in November, were sworn in amid farewell speeches from outgoing councilmembers Jac Siegel, Margaret Abe-Koga and Ronit Bryant, who each served eight years on the council.


Getting a 'Boost': MV company produces electric skateboards

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Jamshed Vesuna, demonstrates his Boosted board. The electric skateboard is powered by a wireless, handheld remote. The Mountain View-based Boosted is marketing the boards as a “last mile” commuting option.

Al Rooney was enjoying a cup of coffee at Peet’s Coffee & Tea Thanksgiving Day in downtown Los Altos when he struck up a conversation with Sam Vesuna, a young man who carried what looked like an unusual skateboard.

Vesuna’s transportation was a high-tech, electric commuting machine – a device capable of reaching speeds of more than 20 mph with two different speed options and a deceleration component that slows the board safely while charging the battery.


CSMA presents Filipino music and dance

Courtesy of CSMA
The members of Kalilang! are scheduled to perform Sunday at the Community School of Music and Arts.

The Community School of Music and Arts has scheduled “Kalilang! Filipino Gong Music & Dance” 2 p.m. Sunday in Tateuchi Hall, 230 San Antonio Circle in Mountain View.

Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo and Nancy Wang of Eth-Noh-Tec will present the afternoon of Southern Filipino music and dance, taking the audience on a cultural adventure to discover the music, dance and stories of the Kulintang tradition through an interactive performance featuring colorful costumes and props.


Mtn. View Briefs

Mountain View keeps paper-bag price at 10 cents

Mountain View residents will not have to pay more for reusable or recycled-content paper bags in 2015.

The price of bags will remain at 10 cents this year after the Mountain View City Council amended an ordinance last fall to eliminate an increase to 25 cents, slated to take effect Jan. 1.


Looking Ahead

s in line to be mayor of Mountain View in 2015.

Mountain View anticipates the following changes in 2015:

• Beginning Jan. 1, Mountain View City Councilmembers will receive a raise to $1,000 per month as a result of the passage of Measure A in the Nov. 4 election. The measure, which passed with 61.15 percent of the vote, also provides for an automatic annual adjustment. The amendment to the city charter to raise the salaries required voter approval.


New apartments OK'd for Castro-El Camino

Courtesy of City of Mountain View
Greystar developers received the go-ahead on a mixed-use project for the high-profile corner of Castro Street and El Camino Real. The above rendering shows the view of the proposed project from that corner.

The Mountain View City Council Dec. 9 approved a 164-unit apartment and commercial complex for the corner of El Camino Real and Castro Street.

The approval, by a tight 4-3 vote, allows developer Greystar to construct three buildings, including a four-story structure, on 2.38 acres of land at 801 W. El Camino Real. The proposal includes a public plaza, an underground parking garage and 10,800 square feet of ground-floor commercial space.


MV hikes fees to fund affordable housing

The Mountain View City Council last week approved major hikes in developer impact fees on new construction to fund affordable housing projects and counter high housing costs in the city.

Councilmembers Dec. 9 voted 6-1 – with Councilman John Inks dissenting – to increase the fees beyond staff recommendations, from $10.26 per habitable square foot of new construction to $17 for new apartment/rental housing and $25 per net square foot for new industrial, office or commercial development larger than 10,000 square feet. The council opted not to increase fees on ownership housing.


More development on the way for The Village at San Antonio

Courtesy of Merlone Geier Partners
Phase 2 plans for The Village at San Antonio Center feature a 167-room, six-story hotel, as shown in this early rendering from developer Merlone Geier Partners. Also included in the plan is an eight-screen movie theater, a parking structure and retail and office space.

Phase 2 for development at The Village at San Antonio Center is a go. The long-debated, oft-delayed plans received Mountain View City Council approval Dec. 2.

Plans will proceed as originally intended – more than 360,000 square feet of office space; a six-story, 167-room hotel; a 1,410-seat, eight-screen movie theater; a nearly 1,400-space parking structure; and more than 107,000 square feet of commercial, restaurant and retail space – but no housing.


Design for Rengstorff park to include Immigrant House

It’s official: The design of a new 1.22-acre park at 771 N. Rengstorff Ave. will incorporate the 1880s-era Immigrant House.

The Mountain View City Council Dec. 9 approved a staff recommendation for Callander Associates Inc. to provide design services for the park in an amount not to exceed $168,100.


NASA, Google agreement preserves Hangar One

Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Hangar One, pictured here last January, will be restored under an agreement between Google and NASA.

NASA and Google Inc. forged an agreement last week that allows Google to lease a portion of NASA’s historic Moffett Federal Airfield for 60 years.

The agreement continues federal ownership of Moffett Field, restores and preserves the landmark Hangar One, provides taxpayer benefits, produces $1.16 billion in rent for NASA and eliminates NASA Ames’ maintenance costs of $6 million per year.


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