Mountain View on the Move

'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.


Mtn. View Election Roundup

Mountain View City Council (3 seats)

Pat Showalter


MV Whisman schools chief tenders resignation


The aftermath of the Nov. 4 election in the Mountain View Whisman School District saw a transparency-minded challenger overtake an incumbent for school board, followed by Superintendent Craig Goldman’s resignation.

Goldman, schools chief since 2010 and with the district 16 years, announced Nov. 13 his intention to leave the district by the end of the year. The announcement followed news that Greg Coladonato had garnered more votes than incumbent Philip Palmer in the race for two seats on the five-seat board. Incumbent Ellen Wheeler retained her seat as the top vote-getter.


VTA bus plans for El Camino Real presented Thursday for public feedback

The Valley Transportation Authority’s plans to update bus service in Los Altos and Mountain View has some commuters fearing that the “fast, frequent and reliable” service that VTA touts could bring gridlock to an already overloaded thoroughfare.

Supporters claim that the plans would ease auto traffic as bus trips increase.


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.


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