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    Madera Modifications Hearing

    Gilli Rules to Accept Roof Access Change on Evelyn Ave Complex By  Robert Cox On April 25, 2012, Zoning Admiistrator Peter Gilli held a hearing on modifications to Prometheus’s Madera (Minton’s) project, now under construction at 455 West Evelyn Avenue. Despite unanimous opposition from 40 residents who came to discuss the project, Mr. Gilli rued to accept the modifications ...

  • Chairman’s Corner

    Chairman’s Corner

    by David Lewis III Readers be forewarned! The newsletter may be expanding or shrinking in size and content this year. We need enough ads for the newsletter to roughly pay for itself, e.g., a four-page newsletter needs about a page of ads. If there are more ads than this, we have to go to an eight-page ...

  • Interview with Oscar Garcia, President of the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce

    Interview with Oscar Garcia, President of the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce

    by Robert Cox and Manny Ramirez On Friday, March 29, OMVNA treasurer Manny Ramirez and I met with Mountain View’s Chamber of Commerce President Oscar Garcia, at his office at 580 Castro Street. Mr. Garcia grew up in Mountain View, graduated from U.C. Berkeley, and worked at a number of high-tech startups before joining the Chamber ...

  • Restaurant Profile: Morocco's

    Restaurant Profile: Morocco's

    by Max Hauser When the Essadki brothers sought a second location for their popular San Jose restaurant Morocco’s, they chose Old Mountain View. Morocco’s MV (873 Castro Street) opened in July for dinner and weekday lunch, prompting testimonials on OMVNAtalk. Morocco’s features 150-year-old family Moroccan recipes in a white tablecloth setting. An unusual practice that you should ...

  • Rengstorff House Exhibits

    Rengstorff House Exhibits

    by Kristina Perino The historic Rengstorff House is pleased to announce its next exhibition entitled “From Horse & Buggy to the Model T: Turn of the Century Transportation, Then and Now.” It features photographs of scow schooners, livery stables, wagons, stagecoaches, electric cars (from nearby towns/cities), early railroad scenes and more. The exhibit will also feature ...

  • You Oughta Be in Pictures

    You Oughta Be in Pictures

    by Deb Keller Old Mountain Viewers, join us in making videos, taking advantage of our local cable access facilities at KMVT. It’s fun, and it’s easy. You’ll be part of a crew of 10 behind the scenes. Because the crew is broken down to 10 discrete tasks, each job is simple. There’s no commitment: you can participate ...

  • Hands-on Indian Cooking Classes

    Hands-on Indian Cooking Classes

    by Fharzana Elankumaran I came to Mountain View for the first time back in 2009 when my husband and I were house hunting. We weren’t able to find a suitable place for us back then, but we fell in love with Old Mountain View so much that we were determined to live here sooner or later. ...

John Inks

In this episode of IMPACT, Robert Cox joins John at Old Mill, where they discuss his background and delve into issues like the budget and property rights. John gives us a demonstration of one of his hobbies–ballroom dancing–with a sampling of tango, swing, rhumba and two-step.

Chris Clark, Jim Neal, Magaret Capriles

In this episode of IMPACT, meet three challengers for City Council–Margaret Capriles, Jim Neal, and Chris Clark. For each candidate, Robert Cox goes into their background to help voters get to know them better, and they discuss issues including the high-speed rail and the budget.

Mike Kasperzak

In this episode of IMPACT, we visit Mountain View Mayor Mike Kasperzak at his home and Robert Cox speaks to Mike about the General Plan, transportation in Mountain View, and his favorite recipe among other topics. Meet Buster the Dog.

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John McAlister

Meet John McAlister and learn his views on issues affecting Mountain View. John is running for Mountain View City Council in November 2012. This episode of IMPACT also contains questions submitted by residents, footage of the OMVNA Ice Cream Social, and a sequence where Max the Dog gives input on his most important issue.

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List of restaurants around downtown Mountain View

M. Hauser, updated 4-Apr-2013
(Send corrections, updates, suggestions to maxnot [at] thistdl.com — first remove “not” and “this.”)

News:

3/13 Steins Beer Garden and Restaurant opened (895 Villa) to big crowds

3/13 Vaso Azzurro chef opened own restaurant: La Fontaine, 186 Castro

3/13 Temptations (288 Castro) remodeling; ownership transfer notice to “Park Balluchi”

2/13 Olympus Caffe & Bakery replaced Neto, 135 Castro

2/13 March Sunset Magazine has downtown-MV restaurant feature pages 32-34

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Chairman’s Corner

by David Lewis III

Readers be forewarned! The newsletter may be expanding or shrinking in size and content this year. We need enough ads for the newsletter to roughly pay for itself, e.g., a four-page newsletter needs about a page of ads. If there are more ads than this, we have to go to an eight-page or twelve-page newsletter due to the way the newsletter is printed (a multiple of 4 pages), so be prepared for some longer newsletters. We also have upcoming elections for City Council, and hope to include information on the candidates’ platforms, and records, some charming photos of the candidates, and other articles of interest about the elections. That is why the OMVNA newsletter may be like an accordion this year. We owe a huge debt of thanks to our new editor, Sally Porush, for managing all this.

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Interview with Oscar Garcia, President of the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce

by Robert Cox and Manny Ramirez

On Friday, March 29, OMVNA treasurer Manny Ramirez and I met with Mountain View’s Chamber of Commerce President Oscar Garcia, at his office at 580 Castro Street. Mr. Garcia grew up in Mountain View, graduated from U.C. Berkeley, and worked at a number of high-tech startups before joining the Chamber as its President and CEO in January 2009. We spoke to Mr. Garcia about some of the leading issues facing business owners and residents living in our downtown Mountain View neighborhood.

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Restaurant Profile: Morocco’s

by Max Hauser

When the Essadki brothers sought a second location for their popular San Jose restaurant Morocco’s, they chose Old Mountain View. Morocco’s MV (873 Castro Street) opened in July for dinner and weekday lunch, prompting testimonials on OMVNAtalk. Morocco’s features 150-year-old family Moroccan recipes in a white tablecloth setting.

An unusual practice that you should know about is the European-style 15% “service charge” on bills. Signs on tables alert diners to it, but the practice is unusual here and has surprised a few people. Another Morocco’s novelty is live entertainment most nights. This includes jazz, blues, Flamenco guitar, pop, international, and belly dancing. The Mountain View Voice’s calendar announces the entertainment, as does the Web site http://www.moroccosrestaurant.com/mountain-view/

Beet & potato salad.

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Restaurant Update

by Max Hauser

Agave: A Fiesta del Mar Grill is planned at 194 Castro, former Babbo’s and King of Krung Siam. It’s a new venture of the Casa Feliz group, which owns both Fiesta del Mar restaurants locally and is also part of a larger restaurateur family whose branches operate several distinctive upscale Bay Area Mexican restaurants including La Fiesta (240 Villa), Vive Sol, and Palo Alto Sol.

B’Zu Café is the new name for the former Ristorante Zucca at 186 Castro. Brief remodeling followed an employee buyout and Zucca owner Praveen Singha’s retirement. Such menu changes as occur will be slow, the new managing owner told me; she plans to continue Zucca’s Mediterranean- Greek focus. I stopped by a couple of times after the re-opening and enjoyed a good-value, upscale grilled lunch special.

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You Oughta Be in Pictures

by Deb Keller

Old Mountain Viewers, join us in making videos, taking advantage of our local cable access facilities at KMVT. It’s fun, and it’s easy.

You’ll be part of a crew of 10 behind the scenes. Because the crew is broken down to 10 discrete tasks, each job is simple. There’s no commitment: you can participate whenever it’s convenient for you. To be on a crew, you will need to take a three-night course at KMVT at a cost of $85.

In addition, you can take a course on some new hi-def cameras KMVT just purchased. Once you’ve completed the course, you can use the hi-def camera, tripod, Lowell light kit and mic for just $40/day (as long as you’re using it for the public access shows).

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