Mountain View on the Move

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.


'A Change Is Gonna Come': Election puts council majority in favor of N. Bayshore housing

The three candidates elected to the Mountain View City Council Nov. 4 are considered strong advocates for more housing, including in the controversial North Bayshore area.

The election of Pat Showalter, Ken Rosenberg and Lenny Siegel points to a change in direction from the previous council, which had rejected a bid to include housing as part of a North Bayshore plan. Some councilmembers feared wildlife and open space would be at risk if housing were allowed.


MV teens have a place with a 'View': Newly opened center offers wide range of activities

Mountain View teens, their adult supporters and city leaders turned out for Friday’s grand opening of The View Teen Center on Escuela Avenue. Teens broke in the new games at the center.Photos by ellie van houtte/ town crier

Mountain View teens have a new place to go for fun, fitness and study with Saturday’s opening of The View Teen Center at 263 Escuela Ave., the site of an old church.

Officials and supporters gathered Friday for a building dedication ceremony that featured the unveiling of a mosaic art piece created by local students.


Mtn. View Brief

Shoreline Lake hosts wine-tasting seminar

Shoreline Lake’s Wine Seminar Series is scheduled to launch 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday with “The Grape Juice Is Finally Here” – a tasting of newly released Beaujolais Nouveau from different negociants.

The series, held on the Lakeside Café patio at 3160 N. Shoreline Blvd. in Mountain View, offers wine enthusiasts an informal and instructional overview of Thanksgiving dinner pairings.


Pet adoption center opens in MV

Courtesy of Humane Society Silicon Valley
Kittens await adoption at the new Humane Society Silicon Valley Neighborhood Adoption Center at PetSmart in Mountain View.

Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV) recently opened a Neighborhood Adoption Center at PetSmart in Mountain View, bolstering the organization’s capacity to place more animals into more homes more quickly.

A $1 million challenge grant from the Coyote Foundation made the opening possible. HSSV officials said funds also will be used to make HSSV’s two other Neighborhood Adoption Centers more operationally sustainable.


Celebrity-filled MV gala honors scientists for breakthroughs

Breakthrough Prize founders Anne Wojcicki and Sergey Brin flank recovered Parkinson’s patient Nicolas Berben onstage at the Breakthrough Prize Awards Ceremony at NASA Ames Research Center Nov. 9.

Celebrities and tech titans joined forces Nov. 9 to award $36 million in prizes to the world’s top scientists at the Breakthrough Prize Awards Ceremony at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View.

Award founders Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, Jack Ma and Cathy Zhang, Yuri and Julia Milner, and Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan were among the local movers and shakers who attended the gala, hosted by actor and comedian Seth MacFarlane. Celebrities in attendance included Cameron Diaz, Christina Aguilera, Jon Hamm and Benedict Cumberbatch.


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