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OMVNA Newsletter

January, 2000
Volume 12, Number 1

Mercy-Bush Park Meeting Jan. 22

Neighborhood Resident Becomes Mountain View's New Mayor

Hundreds Welcome Light Rail

Mardi Gras in Mountain View

The Downtown Beat: Downtown Precise Plan Nearly Ready for Adoption by City Council

OMVNAtalk Neighborhood E-mail List

History Corner: Judith Moss, Mountain View's First Woman Mayor

Disaster Preparedness: Neighborhood Emergency Response Team Seeks Volunteers

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Mercy-Bush Park Meeting Jan. 22

The City will host a meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday Jan. 22 at City Hall to review and solicit comments on the proposed plan for a new park at Mercy and Bush Streets. Construction of the park is scheduled for late summer, with completion possible by November.

Items for consideration include: play areas, walkway locations, locations for entering the park, plaza areas, landscaping and other amenities.

Your comments are important to the City, and they hope that the neighborhood will turn out in great numbers to help refine the plan.  Be sure to bring your kids! They'll not only be able to share their ideas, they'll be able to see firsthand how government bodies make decisions that incorporate community input.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, you may send written comments or suggestions to: City of Mountain View, Public Works Department, P.O. Box 7540, Mountain View, CA 94039-7540, Attention: Mercy/Bush Street Park, or E-Mail the Parks Department at

The project manager for the Park is Rey Rodriguez, and he invites OMV residents to call him at 903-6311 with their questions.

Neighborhood Resident Becomes Mountain View's New Mayor

City Councilwoman and neighborhood resident Rosemary Stasek was unanimously selected by her Council colleagues to serve as Mountain View's mayor for 2000.

Rosemary was one of eleven candidates who ran for Council in Nov. 1996. She received the second-highest number of votes cast, and was outpolled only by Mary Lou Zoglin. By custom, the highest vote-getter serves as mayor in the 3rd year of his or her term, and the second-highest serves as mayor in the 4th year.

A native of Pennsylvania, Rosemary moved to California 8 years ago and to Mountain View in 1994. Two years ago she moved to Old Mountain View. The last OMV resident to serve as Mayor was Dena Bonnell. A story on Judith Moss, Mountain View's first woman mayor, appears on Page 3.

Hundreds Welcome Light Rail

Over 500 people were on hand under cloudless skies to welcome the arrival of the first light rail train in Mountain View history. A trolley full of dignitaries pulled into the new station shortly after 11 AM on Dec. 17 and were greeted by fireworks and a festive crowd.

Several hundred people were on hand to greet the first light rail vehicle to arrive in Mountain View on Dec. 17.

Among the distinguished guests were Congressmembers Lofgren, Campbell, and Eshoo, Mayor Mary Lou Zoglin and other City Council members, and many other elected officials and VTA executives.

Congressman Tom Campbell (center) was one of the many distinguished participants in the ceremonies.

A brass band plays to entertain the crowd awaiting the arrival of the first Light Rail train.

Mardi Gras in Mountain View

Mardi Gras 2000, a fundraiser for the Friends of the Library, will be held on Saturday, March 4 at the Mountain View City Library at 585 Franklin Street. The event will feature lots of great Cajun, Southern and French food, fabulous music from three bands (blues, jazz and zydeco) and a silent auction.

Event proceeds will be used to enhance library collections, pilot new programs and purchase additional capital items. Tickets are $50. For more information or to reserve your tickets, please call 903-6866.

The Library is a great asset to our community and deserves our support.

The Downtown Beat: Downtown Precise Plan Nearly Ready for Adoption by City Council
By Julie Lovins (964-0368,

The first round of Downtown Precise Plan revisions is inching toward the City Council in February or March, following the Public Hearings on December 1 and 15. On these occasions, the October recommendations of the Downtown Committee and Environmental Planning Commission pretty much passed as recommendations to the Council, with a few important amendments. One of these was to make the construction of any bars on Castro south of California a provisional rather than permitted use, as is true for the rest of the city. There was testimony at the hearings both in favor of lowering proposed maximum building heights in several of the covered areas and in favor of increasing them. Please see the December OMVNA Newsletter for more information.

As we pause for breath before plunging into the next round of rule-making, let's take a look at what the New Year is bringing us on Castro Street between California and Evelyn, in the "historic retail district."

The vacant lot on the corner of Castro and California has turned into a three-story commercial building topped by a clock tower, with a stylish new restaurant on the ground floor. Retail space fronting on California is still available.

Valley Bar and Grill has replaced both Polly Rose and Cuppa Joe at the corner of Castro and Villa, with a patio addition in back (along Villa), and some nice paintwork on the front and side of the building. Polly Rose can be found flowering right down the block and around the corner on Evelyn, across from the new Transit Center. Even more visibly, the neon bucking bronco has ridden off into the sunset: the Rio Grande is now the Limelight.

The biggest change, of course, is having Light Rail trains in sight at the end of the street. If you haven't ridden this route yet, you're missing some great sightseeing, as well as convenient transportation to points east. By the way, the Downtown Committee, at the urgent behest of the City Council, has started discussing signage. Will this be as interesting as sidewalk cafe furniture? Time will tell!

OMVNAtalk Neighborhood E-mail List
by Bruce Karney, OMVNA Webmaster

OMVNAtalk is a neighborhood e-mail list you can subscribe to if you would like to send or receive e-mail about issues of interest to Old Mountain View residents. It is an unmoderated list, which means that messages are not censored or filtered by anyone. There is no charge for subscribing to or using the list.

You may send announcements of any kind, including commercial announcements, as long as there is a clear link to Old Mountain View. For example, an announcement of a garage sale or an artist's open studio in our neighborhood would be appropriate. So would a message containing your opinion about current local events.

To read the usage guidelines and to learn how to subscribe, go to:

History Corner: Judith Moss, Mountain View's First Woman Mayor
By Lisa Windes

There's a plaque outside the City Council Chambers that lists the names and dates of service of everyone who's been on the Council since Mountain View was incorporated in 1902. For the first 70 years, every name is a man's. Finally, in 1973, the name of Judith Moss appears. She was the first woman ever to serve on the Council, and was also our first female mayor.

Ms. Moss was born in New York, and attended Vassar College, where she majored in Economics. She went on to receive a Masters degree from Columbia. During a lengthy career she worked in the East for the Bureau of Economic Research, the Port Authority of New York, the City of Philadelphia, and GE. She came to Mountain View to join Lockheed, where she worked as an information systems consultant and developed computer technology for government information systems.

She began her political career as an outsider, entering the 1968 Council race after living here only two years. She lost by 248 votes.

Immediately after the election she filed an application for a seat on the Planning Commission. In 1970 the City Council decided to appoint a woman the open Commission seat. Although Ms. Moss was the only woman whose application was on file, the Council asked Stanford nurse Judy Rennells to apply and then appointed her. Asked to comment on the situation, Ms. Moss said at the time "If you ask me, I won't say I'm being blackballed.You might say overlooked."

She ran for Council again in 1970, campaigning for fiscal responsibility, organized and business-like development of North of Bayshore, and a plan for the revitalization of Downtown Mountain View. She narrowly lost to four incumbents.

In 1972 she ran again, and won convincingly. More than 50%of the ballots cast were for her. In 1975, she was elected mayor by her fellow Council members. She was re-elected to Council in 1976 and served on the Council for a total of eight years.

Ms. Moss continues to reside in Mountain View and remains active to this day, presently serving on the Board of Trustees of the Foothill - De Anza Community College District. She is also a member of the League of Women Voters and many other community and regional associations. When recently asked if she was happy she moved here and got involved with the community, she replied, "Moving to Mountain View was the luckiest thing that ever happened to me."

In the 28 years since Ms. Moss won her first election, much has changed in Mountain View. The current Council has a 4-3 female majority, and most City boards and commissions have approximately equal numbers of men and women. Judith Moss was a modern pioneer.

Disaster Preparedness: Neighborhood Emergency Response Team Seeks Volunteers
By Tim Johnson

The State of California's Office of Emergency Services (OES) is responsible for helping to ensure that local governments, businesses and the communities are prepared to respond to and recover from a variety of emergencies. However, OES's resources are limited, and a serious earthquake could quickly exhaust them. Additionally, with substantial damage to transportation, communications, electric power, water, sewer, and fuel transmission systems, the City of Mountain View's capability for responding to individual neighborhood and family needs will be further limited.

For this reason, OES recommends that communities undertake a specific preparedness program and acquire special training to be of assistance in the event of such an emergency. The Old Mountain Neighborhood Association will take the lead in developing such a neighborhood-based program.

The OMVNA Community Emergency Response Team (OMVNA-CERT) will be comprised of neighborhood residents. Specific training and resources will be made available to the OMVNA-CERT members, giving them the capability of providing assistance to the Old Mountain View residents in the event of a major, widespread emergency, such as a serious earthquake.

We anticipate that OMVNA-CERT will provide a wide range of neighborhood support, including medical assistance, emergency shelter, communications within the neighborhood and with Mountain View's Office of Emergency Center, damage assessment, search and rescue, and neighborhood security and safety.

However, OVMNA-CERT can't realize its full potential without the involvement of people like you. Now is the time to become involved in this important work. By so doing, you will help ensure that you, your family, and your neighborhood are properly prepared for the major earthquake which will hit the Bay Area within your lifetime. The welfare of your family and your neighborhood is at stake. As January 1, 2000 taught us, with proper preparation disasters can be avoided. Let's make sure that Old Mountain View is ready for "The Big One."

For more information or to join OMVNA-CERT, please call Tim Johnson at 962-8609.

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