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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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 to the roof access structures, moving the last impediment to the use of a new rooftop recreation area. This area was the subject of some controversy, because it was added after the project was approved by council, without any notification to council or the neighborhood.

During the public comment section, residents voiced concerns about the potential noise from the rooftop area, which includes speakers for music and a large-screen television. OMVNA Vice Chair Robert Cox presented a petition from 115 residents asking that the complex be built as originally designed and appealed to Prometheus Vice President Jon Moss to remove the TV and speakers from the deck as a sign of good faith toward the neighborhood.

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Old Mountain View Development Update

Classics Chooses Names of New Streets for Station 361 Development, Fortes Redevelopment Plan to be Unvieled at March 6 OMVNA Meeting

by Robert Cox

Classic Communities Vice President Scott Ward has announced the names of the new private streets for the Classics at Station 361 development at the corner of West Evelyn [...]

No Bones About It … Development will Continue in our Neighborhood

by Robert Cox, Vice Chair, OMVNA

“They found a skull on the property,” Vice Mayor Mike Kasperzak whispered to me, as he broke the latest news about the re-development of the Abate’s Industrial Square on the southwest corner of West Evelyn and Calderon Avenues. “What will Scott have to deal with next? Re-development on the site has been halted pending an investigation!”

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