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.


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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Craft Beers at Ava’s Downtown Market

by Carter Coleman

When I was a lad, my dad was a Bud man. Back in those days, you had a choice of Budweiser, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Schlitz, and Old Style. No one in our working-class neighborhood drank Millers. (You heard of men who did and we suspected that they were swingers.)

So you can imagine my confusion, when picking up beer at Ava’s, the new downtown market, to be faced with a wall of beers with names like Raging Bitch, Damnation, Hoppy Ending, Dogfish Head, Old Rasputin, Palate Wrecker, Shock Top, Bitter American, Hell or High Watermelon, and Brew Free or Die IPA.

If you haven’t been to Ava’s lately, check it out. Ava’s is a full-service market, located at 340 Castro, that features local foods including Acme breads, organic produce, grass-fed meats, Straus dairy products, Marianne’s ice cream, organic produce, and healthy alternatives like gluten-free foods.

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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. We moved to this beautiful neighborhood a year and a half ago and I have loved living here every single day.

They say that you should do what makes you happy for a living. I love to cook. Period. I have a very strong culinary background in Bengali and South Indian cuisines. I am from Bangladesh and my husband is from South India.

While I was trying to figure out what I can do with my skills, knowledge, and passion for cooking, I started to write a cookbook. My family and friends call asking me to give them recipes or explain to them how to do certain things in the kitchen. Often, they tell me how much more illuminating it is to see a demonstration than to receive directions on paper, which led me in the direction of hosting my own cooking classes. I started my boutique cooking school ‘I Heart Curry’ (iheartcurry.com).

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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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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 modern day color photographs of vintage automobiles in partnership with the Santa Clara Horseless Carriage Club andSanta Clara Valley Model T Ford Club. The exhibit runs May 20 through July 25, on public tour days of Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. “Meet and Greet” with participating car owners on Sunday, July 24 from 2:30 – 4:30 PM.

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OMVNA Potluck for Ava’s on Saturday, March 10

We’re having a potluck to help generate awareness of Ava’s Downtown Market at 340 Castro Street.

Bring a dish to share made from ingredients purchased from Ava’s Downtown Market  (and/or a bottle is welcome too!)

The party will be held on Saturday, March 10 at 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Thanks to Shannon Madison for [...]

OMVNA General Meeting & Elections

The OMVNA General Meeting and elections for the new Steering Committee was held at Landels School, 7:30 to 9:00 PM on December 12, 2011.

Congratulations to the 2012 Steering Committee:

Chair:  David Lewis Vice-Chair:  Robert Cox Secretary:  Shannon Madison Treasurer:  Manny Ramirez Newsletter Editor:  Sally Porush Community Liaison:  Carter Coleman CERT Chair:  Aaron Grossman [...]

A New Grocery Store in Mountain View

by Max Hauser

Many residents recall the hopeful “downtown grocery store project” a few years ago.  Acknowledging mainstream general retail as a missing element downtown, the city sought a retail tenant, possibly a grocery, for the new parking structure at the California-Bryant corner.  The strongest and ultimately successful bid however came from Long’s Drugs, now CVS.

The prospect of a general downtown grocery had wide appeal, a unifying goal in the neighborhood.  Julie Lovins organized a committee to study options, hoping to attract a small quality grocer to the Bryant site.  Even after CVS opened instead, bringing other useful services and some groceries, discussions toward a general market continued.

In October, providentially, independently, and largely unaware of that history, veteran grocery retailers Ann and Juan Origel acquired the Mountain View Market (MVM) at 340 Castro, after selecting it as the perfect location to create an “aesthetically pleasing, full-service, high quality” independent grocery, specifically tailored to community needs.  It appears that we may get our long-sought downtown grocery, custom-made.  Achieving that will require community participation, both in offering input to the owners, and of course shopping there. CLICK HERE to read more.