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OMVNA Newsletter

April, 1998
Volume 10, Number 3

The OMVNA Spaghetti Dinner

Sustainable Living: Ending Junk Mail as We Know It

News on the Park at Mercy-Bush

Neighborhood Traffic Mitigation

Honoring Our Newsletter Delivery People

Neighborhood Preservation Survey

The Old Mountain View Neighborhood is bordered by El Camino Real, Shoreline Boulevard, Evelyn Avenue, and Highway 85. The Old Mountain View Neighborhood Association consists of residents interested in preserving the quality of life in our neighborhood. Together we can make a difference—join us!

The OMVNA Spaghetti Dinner

Honoring our gallant, indispensable, indefatigable newsletter delivery crew

Here's what we'll do:

Thank our newsletter deliver crew
Welcome our new neighbors
Learn about Leadership Mountain View
Eat, socialize, and have fun!


Balloooooons for the kids!
Fun for all!
True confessions: Delivering the neighborhood newsletter!

When & Where:

Saturday, May 23, 5:30 to 8:00 pm
Fellowship Hall, Trinity Methodist Church
Corner of Hope & Mercy

Sustainable Living: Ending Junk Mail as We Know It

Sally Lieber

If you're the earth-conscious type, you may be looking forward to the mixed paper recycling program, scheduled to start in September. This program offers a convenient way to get rid of unwanted junk mail. But even before the first truckload of mixed paper rumbles down your street, you can, relatively easily, cut the flow of unwanted mail that you get.

The first step is recognition that there is a problem. Our trickle of junk mail turned into a torrent when we adopted a baby wolf through the mail, and began receiving regular updates on his health and activities, and solicitations from many of his animal (and human) friends. When the mailman asked us to stop stuffing the mail back into the box, we realized we had to get organized about attacking the problem.

The first thing we did was write to the Mail Preference Service of the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) at P.O. Box 9008, Farmingdale, NY 11735-9099. We gave them the correct spellings of our names, and all the really strange, misspelled versions, and asked them to delete our names from their members' lists. Since the DMA can only stop new solicitations, we used the reply envelopes to send our regrets to the charities and businesses we weren't interested in. We also cut back on unwanted telephone calls by writing to the same address (but to P.O. Box 9014). To shut off incoming credit card offers, we could have called Experian (formerly TRW) at (800) 353-0809.

It took several months to see results, but we now have the satisfaction of a reasonably sane mailbox, and of knowing that we've cut back on the unnecessary junk mail that is a significant component of municipal solid waste. By also cutting our waste output and buying products with post-consumer content, we've narrowed the recycling gap. And yes—the wolf still writes now and then.

News on the Park at Mercy-Bush

City Council will discuss the 1997-1998 Open Space Plan on Tuesday, April 28, 7:30 pm, at Council Chambers (copies for review at the library). The Plan, which is reviewed every two years, lists open space needs and priorities for Mountain View, and ranks them in four tiers, Tier One being the most important. Development of a minipark at Mercy-Bush is on Tier Two of the Plan that the Parks & Recreation Commission has sent to Council this year. Developing this neighborhood park has long been a priority for our neighborhood association.

Neighborhood Traffic Mitigation

Ronit Bryant

The speed humps and traffic circles that have blossomed on View Street are the result of a Neighborhood Traffic Management Program (NTMP) instituted by the City. To quote the City's booklet on the subject, "The primary purpose of the NTMP is to address neighborhood concerns and to reduce the speed and volume of traffic on local residential streets in local residential neighborhoods."

The Program has 13 steps, of which the first four are detailed here:
1. Inquiry from a single resident/property owner would result in a request from City staff for a petition from the street or neighborhood.
2. Petition from a representative number (10-25%) of the residents and property owners of a street or neighborhood.
3. Identify clearly the issue or problem through technical study.
4. The neighborhood affected by the traffic problem or proposed solutions is determined for notification and polling purposes and approved by the Council Transportation Committee (CTC).

The other measures entail an education and enforcement program; identification of possible solutions; a citizens committee; a mail poll of residents and property owners; and public meetings.

Interested? The first step is to talk to your neighbors and to call Public Works at 903-6311.

Honoring Our Newsletter Delivery People

Julie Lovins, OMVNA Newsletter Delivery Coordinator

Please join me in honoring your neighbors who have been delivering your OMVNA Newsletter of late: Amy Anderson, Jean Anderson, Olivia Bartlett, Pat Bennett, Kathy & Brad Bettman, Ronit Bryant, Linda Cantwell-Lum, June Casey, Josef Cayot, Greg Davis, Kim & Jeff Farmer, Anita & Aaron Grossman, Tim Johnson, Twana & Bruce Karney, Shirley Kelley, Kim & Maarten Korringa, Andrew Lee, Ann & Steve Lewis, Sally Lieber, Gretchen & Don McPhail, Pat Mercedes & Tom Buckman, Susan & Lenny Migliore, Jerry Oliver, Jennifer & Russ Parman, Karl Pingle, Loren Pollert, Carol & Allen Price, Jan Proceviat, Carol Pursifull, Eric Schweitzer, Chris Whitaker, and Lauren Zuravleff.

Among those who have recently been "regulars" or subs, we must also thank Dorothy Ashlock, Carol Bolster, Gloria Hernandez-Alvarado & Ed Flowers, Hal Holtz, Janice & Bill Ingle, Eric Johansson, Adam Kirby, Linda Jo Logan, Maura Maloney, Cris Mortenson, the Rosses, Liz Seki, Michael Silver, Janice Soderberg, June Struble, Dana Tamura, Audrey Thomas, Diana Whitecar, Eric Windes, and Robert Zukas.

Many thanks to all! We can't do it without you!

Neighborhood Preservation Survey

We have recently carried information about the Old Mountain View Neighborhood Preservation Plan and neighborhood design guidelines. Now we'd like to hear your opinion.

Clip and return to Anita Grossman, 234 W. Dana St.

Your residence: __single family __duplex __multi-unit
Do you: __own __rent
What decade was your residence constructed?
__1990s __70s/80s __50s/60s __30s/40s __earlier
Do you Agree or Disagree with the following statements?
Our neighborhood (Old MV) is a very nice place to live. A D
Older homes are a key part of the character of the neighborhood. A D
The charming character of the neighborhood is important to me. A D
OMVNA should help preserve our neighborhood’s character. A D
I’m aware the City adopted an OMV Preservation Plan in 1991. A D
I would be upset if a really large house were built next door to me. A D
I would be upset if my neighbors added a 2nd floor to their house. A D
Certain new housing developments have detracted from Old MV. A D
Certain new single-family homes have detracted from Old MV. A D
Certain new 2nd floor additions have detracted from Old MV. A D
Current City single-family zoning policies are just about right. A D
Zoning policies are too restrictive; let people build as they please. A D
Zoning policies are too loose; put a stop to “monster houses.” A D
I’m concerned that Old MV may soon lose its unique charm. A D
I’m concerned about preserving older homes in Old MV. A D
I’m as concerned about preservation as about crime in Old MV. A D
I’m as concerned about preservation as about traffic in Old MV. A D

The Old Mountain View Neighborhood Association Newsletter
is published by a volunteer editorial committee & distributed to some 1900 homes and businesses by volunteers.

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The opinions printed in this newsletter are not necessarily those of the OMVNA Steering Committee.