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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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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Development Update

by Robert Cox, Vice Chair, OMVNA

Classics residential development is back on track The Mountain View City Council, in a 7-0 vote, reaffirmed their support for the residential zoning of the Evelyn Ave. Corridor. Classic Communities, which had won approval for their residential redevelopment plan for the area east of the former Minton [...]

Prometheus Apartment Construction Starts With a Bang

by Robert Cox, OMVNA Vice Chair

“If March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb,”–an apt proverb for beginning of construction of the Prometheus Real Estate Group apartment complex on the old 455 West Evelyn Avenue Minton Lumber site. “The buildings came down with the thunder of an [...]

Downtown Summer Movie Nights–Will Help Reinvent Our City!

by Julie Lovins

A group of neighbors invites you to a free series of films in downtown Mountain View, Friday evenings starting July 8.  The films and group discussion will explore designing our city for people and families, creating livable, attractive spaces with long-term sustainability, while respecting our unique local culture.  We’ll see creative [...]

Old Mountain View and the General Plan Update

One of the most important topics that our city council has discussed over the last few years is GP2030, Mountain View’s update to its General Plan, covering the time up to the year 2030. Randy Tsuda was kind enough to follow up with an interview where we chatted about how these changes would affect Old Mountain View. [...]

News from Downtown

by David Lewis, Community Liaison

The City is still working on a feasibility study on a grocery store in Mountain View, but don’t get your hopes up.  This is still a difficult thing to sell with all the grocery stores in the immediate area.

A new house is going up on Franklin Street between [...]