Mountain View on the Move

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.


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.


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.


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.


'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.


Levi's Stadium opening prompts MV to initiate parking pass play

The opening of the 49ers stadium in Santa Clara has a rippling impact on downtown Mountain View.

The weekly Mountain View Farmers’ Market, held Sundays in the Caltrain parking lot off Evelyn Avenue, is being relocated to another lot on game days so that Caltrain can accommodate the expected increase in train traffic.


Lively Foundation hosts dance festival


The Lively Foundation’s International Dance Festival@Silicon Valley has scheduled its third season of dance workshops, open master classes and performances Aug. 11-17 at the Mountain View Masonic Center, 890 Church St.

The foundation launched the festival to offer the public opportunities to see professional dancers perform a variety of dance styles, participate in classes taught by professionals and gain better understanding of and appreciation for dance. Intermediate- to advanced-level dancers can study technique and learn repertory with teaching artists and perform the works with the professionals in the Festival Concert.


Mtn. View Brief

SV Bike Coalition hosts bike safety classes

The Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition has scheduled an Intro to Urban Bicycling Workshop 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Village at San Antonio Center, Suite 21, in Mountain View.

The class is part of training offered in Bay Area communities that have added Bay Area BikeShare stations.


Canines to run free at city parks, thanks to pilot program

Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View residents and their dogs gather at Cuesta Park last week, top. As part of a pilot program approved April 22, dogs are able to run off-leash in several Mountain View parks.

A one-year pilot program invites off-leash dogs to roam in Mountain View parks. The program limits the privilege to early-morning hours in most parks, though it allows all-day access at the Dog Training Area in Cuesta Park.

“The plan is to start the pilot program for off-leash dogs approximately mid-June,” said JP de la Montaigne, community services director. “(We’re) still finalizing plans and making signs and gearing up the promotion.”


Rec'ing Crew summer camp returns to MV

The Mountain View Recreation Division’s Rec’ing Crew camp for 12- to 16-year-olds returns this summer.

The camp includes field trips, swimming, games, sports, crafts and tournaments.


MV startup makes it easy to hire cleaners

Adora Cheung and her brother Aaron developed the idea for Homejoy while working on other projects in Mountain View – and living with a mess. Their housecleaning company aims to make hiring a cleaner addictively easy online.

Homejoy was born in the local area based on a founder’s domestic life. But as local companies mature, they often move out of the area.


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