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July / August 2004
Volume 16, Number 5

From the Chair

Steering Committee Takes Position on Moffett Cleanup

OMVNA Fall General Meeting

OMVNATalk Update

West Nile Virus is Here

Welcome to the Neighborhood!

Historic Preservation Ordinance to be Resolved Soon

Got Vote?


From the Chair:Council Approves OMVNA Neighborhood Grant Request
By Ronit Bryant

The City of Mountain View has a Neighborhood Grant Program meant to support activities that encourage community participation and neighborhood associations. The grants can be used for a variety of events and to assist with ongoing activities. The maximum grant award is $1500. OMVNA has asked for such grants before and received them several times.

This year, the OMVNA Steering Committee asked for a total of $1378 in grants: $850 for leadership training for disaster response, and $538 for supplies for general meetings. On June 17, City Council approved the request. We thank City Council and staff for their ongoing support of neighborhood organizations.

Our request for a grant to cover leadership training for disaster response is meant to support our preparations for neighborhood response to emergencies. OMVNA has a growing community emergency response team (CERT) of more than 30 local coordinators whose role is to help their neighbors prepare for local emergencies and to act as coordinators and communication points during emergencies. Team members are equipped with basic safety gear and two-way radios, and many have participated in the City’s CERT training. The team also includes a radio coordinator and a medical coordinator. Radio checks take place monthly to train members in communication with each other. The City’s grant will enable us to hire a consultant and offer the CERT team and all interested neighbors practical training in working together during an emergency. Training will include assessing the situation, assigning roles, communicating needs and updating status. The first training is likely to take place during a weekend and last two to three hours, with additional training sessions scheduled at a later date. Watch the newsletter for further details as they become available.

The City’s grant will also enable OMVNA to buy party/meeting supplies such as a self-supporting awning, a large bi-fold table, and a folding easel: all of which will enhance our general meetings and make it easier to give presentations and share information.

Remember, these grants are offered once a year. If you have a project that you think fits the criteria, let the Steering Committee know.

We are always looking for more CERT volunteers-we would like to cover the neighborhood in a network of volunteers. For more information, see the OMVNA web site at www.omvna.org (where you can view a map of the geographical distribution of CERT volunteers in the neighborhood) or call Aaron Grossman at 9649-4031.

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Steering Committee Takes Position on Moffett Cleanup
By Monica Smith

You may have heard about the South Bay Salt Ponds Restoration Project, an effort to restore the Cargill salt ponds that ring the South Bay to their original state as tidal wetlands and habitat for endangered species. You may also have heard about the Navy’s efforts to clean up toxic substances at Moffett Field and restore the land to habitability. These two projects intersect at a 260-acre parcel of land within Moffett Field called Superfund Site 25 – a historic wetland now diked off from the Bay and contaminated with a toxic stew of PCBs, jet fuel and heavy metals.

Adjacent to the northern tip of the Stevens Creek Trail, Site 25 has been slated by the Navy to be cleaned up just enough to support habitation by humans, a standard that is not suitable for restoration to wetlands. To be restored one day to wetlands and reconnected to the Bay, the cleanup must meet an even higher standard – one that scientists call the “Great Blue Heron Standard,” referring to the large bird that would be imperiled by eating contaminated fish. A full cleanup would protect the Great Blue Heron and other fish-eating fowl, allow for tidal restoration, and reconnect Mountain View with its Bay shoreline.

An organization called Save The Bay attended the July meeting of the OMVNA Steering Committee to ask that we add our voices to the many organizations and individuals who have already urged the Navy to complete a full cleanup of Site 25. The Steering Committee voted to endorse Save The Bay’s call for a full cleanup.

In endorsing this effort, we join Old Mountain View resident Lenny Siegel of Citizens for Public Environmental Oversight. Siegel has worked on the technical aspects of the cleanup for many years and is a member of the Moffett Field Restoration Advisory Board (RAB), the council of community stakeholders who provide the Navy and the Environmental Protection Agency with citizen input for the base environmental cleanup. Neighborhood resident Assemblywoman Sally Lieber also pushed for cleanup as City Councilwoman and Mayor and is now advocating for it from the state level.

The next RAB meeting is September 16, and is open to the public. We are hoping for a show of support from residents interested in a full cleanup at Site 25 so that wetlands restoration may be possible in the future. Before the board meeting, you can find out more about the Navy's clean-up efforts by attending an open house tentatively scheduled for September 15.

Dates to remember:

Navy/Moffett Field Open House: 5-9 p.m. on September 15 at Mountain View City Hall (tentative)

Moffett Field RAB meeting: 7 p.m. on September 16 at Mountain View City Hall

For more information call Monica Smith, (650) 903-0770, or Jen Jackson of Save The Bay, (510) 452-9261.

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Mark Your Calendars!
OMVNA Fall General Meeting

When: Wednesday evening, October 20
Where: Fellowship Hall, Trinity United Methodist Church (at the corner of Hope and Mercy)
What: City Council Candidates Forum, OMVNA Board Election

Watch this space for further details.

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OMVNATalk Update

When was the last time you checked out OMVNATalk? We currently have 118 members. Recent discussion topics have included sharing a nanny, finding a Geiger counter, what to do about a dangerous intersection, recommending a good fence building company and finding a good hair stylist in the neighborhood.

To join OMVNA’s moderated email list, go to www.omvna.org/omvnatalk.html.

and follow the directions you will find there.

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West Nile Virus is Here
By Julie Lovins

Several weeks ago, I listened to a representative of the Santa Clara County Vector Control District describe how birds start falling out of the sky when they are hit by the West Nile Virus, which can spread to humans via mosquitoes that have bitten infected birds. At the same time, a dead bird found in East San Jose was being tested for the virus, and now we know that the disease has arrived in our county. Since the disease is sometimes (though not usually) very serious or fatal in humans, it is best to avoid being bitten by a mosquito. We are advised to wear long clothing and mosquito repellant as appropriate, and above all not have standing still water around in our yards. One place to find more information is www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/.

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Welcome to the Neighborhood!

We want to help you feel right at home in Old Mountain View. OMVNA is launching a pilot program to distribute welcome packets to our new neighbors. These packets include information on the downtown, contact sheets, neighborhood details, etc. An OMVNA Board member will deliver the packets to new homeowners who have moved into our neighborhood since July. If you are a new neighbor and renting your home, please contact Erin Sanders at erinwsanders@hotmail.com, and she will make sure you receive a welcome packet.

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Historic Preservation Ordinance to be Resolved Soon
By Velva Rowell

For those who have been following the ongoing saga of Mountain View’s Historic Preservation Ordinance, this has been a strange and possibly frustrating 2 ½ years.

Over ten years ago, OMVNA helped the City to create voluntary residential design guidelines which are currently available as a pink-covered booklet in the Community Development Department. This document describes existing, pervasive residential neighborhood design elements that participants in the process wanted to apply to major remodels and new construction. This booklet is available on request, but it is not advertised, and so new members of this community do not necessarily know to ask for it.

At the June 25 Council Study Session, City staff announced their intention to create a final draft of a permanent historic preservation ordinance and related neighborhood design overlays for presentation to the City Council at the August 17th public hearing. The meeting agenda will be available on the Friday evening prior to the meeting on the City website. Go to www.ci.mtnview.ca.us/ and click on Council Agenda (Current). Attachments such as the ordinance being voted on and related reports are available on CitySeek (which is accessible from the City website) or at the Mountain View Library, 585 Franklin Street, beginning the Friday evening before each meeting and at the City Clerk's Office, 500 Castro Street, Third Floor, beginning Monday morning.

We encourage any residents of Old Mountain View who have a strong opinion on the topics being addressed to attend the City Council meeting on August 17th and voice their opinions.

The next OMVNA Steering Committee meeting is being held on Monday, August 9th at the Chamber of Commerce Board Room. At that meeting, we will discuss this issue and formulate an OMVNA position. As always, all residents of Old Mountain View are invited to attend this meeting.

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Got Vote?

The next presidential election will be held on Tuesday November 2nd along with elections for the Mountain View City Council.

To register by mail:

  1. Obtain a mail-in voter registration form. Call the Registrar of Voters (1-408-299-8639) and ask to have one mailed. Forms are also usually available at city halls, post offices, libraries, or fire stations. Your Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) also has them.
  2. Complete the form according to the easy-to-follow instructions.
  3. Mail the form to the address provided in the instructions.

You may also fill out a registration form online at www.ss.ca.gov/elections/votereg1 and it will be mailed to you for your signature.

Don’t forget to learn all you can about your City Council candidates by attending the OMVNA Candidates Forum on October 20th!

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