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OMVNA Newsletter

September 2005
Volume 17, Number 6


OMVNA Calendar

OMVNA General Meeting Update

Local Resources: Links and Answers at and OMVNAtalk

CERT Update: CERT Call for Donations

OMVNA Nominating Committee Recommends Candidates for 2006

CERT Recommends: Emergency Provisions Checklist

Local Events: Mountain View Firefighters First Annual Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction

Get Outside: Trailblazer Race & Trail Walk

OMVNA Calendar

  • Join Us October 10: Monthly meetings are the second Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the Chamber of Commerce Board Room, 580 Castro St., and are open to neighborhood residents.
  • Celebrate the Centennial of the Mountain View Public Library! September 24, 10-4, at Pioneer Park Mountain View
  • Firefighters Hold their first annual Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction at Fire Station #4, October 8, 8-11 am

OMVNA General Meeting Update

The next OMVNA General Meeting will be held in November and will include information and demonstrations on emergency preparedness from the OMVNA CERT team.

Local Resources: Links and Answers at and OMVNAtalk
By Ronit Bryant, OMVNA Webmistress

You can find practically any piece of information you need online, but the search itself can sometimes take some time. At (our neighborhood association’s website) we have collected links to useful sites:

On the Links page, you can find phone numbers and e-mail addresses of City Council members and links to our other elected officials, transit information, links to the web sites of the elementary and high school districts and the community colleges, links to the Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Mountain View, and much more. You can even find usage statistics for the neighborhood site.

As we approach election season, you might want to use the link from OMVNA’s site to the League of Women Voters', a good source of unbiased information about races and candidates.

On the Coming Events page, you can find a link to the agenda for upcoming City Council meetings, information about OMVNA’s Steering Committee meetings and newsletter schedules, and links to pictures from past neighborhood events.

The Emergency Preparedness page of the OMVNA website provides a link to a map showing the distribution of CERT local coordinators in our neighborhood. How close is the nearest coordinator to your house? Does your block have a local coordinator? (If not, perhaps you should think about becoming one yourself.)

The Heritage Homes Resource Guide provides information on maintaining, restoring, and caring for older historical homes.

Our neighborhood e-mail list, OMVNAtalk, currently has 171 members. Joining is as simple as can be (from the OMVNAtalk page on our website).

The OMVNATalk list is moderated, and the moderators are VERY careful to limit messages to issues focused on life in Old Mountain View. On the group page, you can browse messages starting from 2000 and containing a wealth of information about neighborhood issues, restaurant recommendations, experiences with plumbers, architects, and gardeners, and much more.

Suggestions? Recommendations? Let me know (964-1966 or

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CERT Update: CERT Call for Donations
By Nikol Jackson, Aaron Grossman and the CERT Team

As many of us have watched the destruction caused by hurricane Katrina we have been both saddened by the devastation and reminded of the work we can do as individuals and as a community to help prepare for the possibility of a similarly devastating natural disaster in our neighborhood.

In this newsletter are some ways in which to help the community as well as some guidelines on getting your family better equipped to manage the impact of a local emergency.

For CERT teams, hurricane Katrina has underscored for us the importance of effective radio communications. In light of how essential communication is to disaster response, the OMVNA CERT team has started a fund to get a Weather-resistant portable Ham Radio, such as a Yaesu VX-6, for about $280. Unfortunately, CERT has not had the budget for such an item. As the value of such communications networks are becoming so apparent, CERT is asking the residents of OMVNA to contribute rather than waiting until the extra money can be found in the budget.

Contributions of all sizes will be welcome! Please make out any checks to OMVNA and give to Aaron Grossman or any CERT member Check out your local CERT representation at

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OMVNA Nominating Committee Recommends Candidates for 2006

Chair — Ken Rosenberg

Vice Chair — Margaret Abe-Koga

Secretary — Meredith Segall

Treasurer — Aaron Grossman

Community Liaison — Kim Copher

At Large — Jamil Shaikh

At Large — Nikol Jackson

CERT Co-Chairs — Aaron Grossman & Carolyn Lutticken

Newsletter Editor — position available

If you are be interested in the position of Newsletter Editor, please contact Bruce Karney at 964-3567

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CERT Recommends: Emergency Provisions Checklist
by Aaron Grossman and the CERT Team

The following list is provided by CERT as a guideline of some items that you should think about when preparing an Emergency Readiness Kit. It is provided as a guideline and a way for you to start thinking about things you might need in an emergency; it is not as a complete list for everyone and should not be treated as such. Please feel free to contact a local CERT representative if you want to discuss your family’s preparedness. Additionally, we recommend you check out the Family Disaster Planning Page on the Red Cross Web site (

Water — most important item — the goal is one gallon/person/day.

  • 1-Gallon plastic jugs are best.
  • Water filter or Purification Tablets are useful.
  • The Hot Water heater is useful water.

Food — the goal is at least 3 meals/person/day.

  • Use canned, dry, powdered, or dehydrated foods that don't need refrigeration.
  • High Energy Foods are Peanut Butter, Jelly, Nuts, and Energy Bars.
  • Camping stoves and equipment are very useful.
  • Disposable items save water.
  • Have extra pet food.

Toilet — how will you flush it with no running water?

  • Use trash bags or a camping Portajohn.
  • Toilet paper/towels, hand disinfectant, & Personal Hygiene Items are important.

Warm Clothing & Bedding

  • Be prepared for any season.
  • Bedding or sleeping bags keep you warm at night with no gas or electricity.

Medication — First Aid

  • Any medications needed
  • First Aid kit, bandages, book
  • Infant care, pet care, etc.


  • Flashlight, radio
  • Duck tape, rope, plastic sheeting
  • Broom, gloves, hammer, etc.

Car or Office Kit

  • Water, energy bars
  • First aid kit, space blanket, whistle, money
  • Walking shoes, rain poncho/jacket, gloves
  • Flashlight, duck tape, tools, etc.

Documents — keep copies in a place safe from fire and water damage

  • Family
  • Financial
  • Legal
  • Household

OMVNA CERT will operate an emergency radio network on FRS channel 7. Priorities are: #1 Life Threatening; #2 Urgent Property Danger; #3 Updates.

One last reminder: No flames inside - cook outside! Use flashlights, not candles!

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Local Events: Mountain View Firefighters First Annual Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction

On October 8th, 2005, the Mountain View Firefighters will host its First Annual Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction from 8 am to 11 am at Fire Station #4, located at 229 North Whisman Road in Mountain View.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under.

In addition to a great breakfast, this special day will also include the opportunity to get an up -close look at our firefighting and medical equipment, meet the men and women of the Mountain View Fire Department, take photos of your child squirting a fire hose, as well as fire and injury-prevention education activities. The Silent Auction will round out the day's events.

All proceeds from this event will benefit the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation. The Burn Foundation derived its name and inspiration from an eight-year-old child, Alisa Ann, who died from injuries sustained in a backyard barbecue accident. The AARBF works closely with firefighters, educators, and burn-care professionals to provide many programs and opportunities for children and adult survivors of severe burns. These activities include summer camps, young adult summits, ski trips, re-entry education for schools, and family support services.

The Mountain View Firefighters have worked hand-in-hand with the AARBF for fourteen years participating as camp counselors, educators, and fundraisers. Now your help is needed.

If you are interested in making a financial donation to the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation, a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization (Federal tax I.D.# 23- 7162017), you may do so by sending a check made out to the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation to:

Mountain View Firefighters
PO Box 391177
Mountain View CA 94039-1177
or by visiting their website at:

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Get Outside: Trailblazer Race & Trail Walk
by Aaron Grossman

Everyone in Old Mountain View is invited to the 11th Trailblazer Race and Trail Walk on Sunday September 25th. This is the major annual fundraiser for the Friends of Stevens Creek Trail and Wildlife Corridor. They are the only organization dedicated to the creation of a recreational trail along the scenic Stevens Creek wildlife corridor, from San Francisco Bay to the Santa Cruz Mountains. Stevens Creek Trail effectively forms the eastern border of Old Mountain View.

Registration opens 7 a.m. and events start at 8:30. It will be a morning of fun, healthful activities for the whole family. The 5K Trail Walk is scenic and mostly level for walking. The 10K and 5K races are scenic, fast and flat for running, and certified by the USA Track and Field Association. Free children’s races will follow on grass and sidewalk. Flyin’ Brian Robinson of Los Altos, the ultramarathoner who is the only person to ever complete the Pacific Crest, Continental Divide, and Appalachian Trails all in one year, will be the special guest runner.

All events start and finish at 1065 La Avenida, alongside Stevens Creek Trail at the Mountain View campus of Microsoft Corporation, the host and presenting sponsor. Free food, water, and entertainment will be provided after the main events. A postrace drawing for valuable prizes will be held for all registered participants who stay after the runs.

Online registration is available at until 9/23. Race Day registration opens 7 am: $15 - Youth 19 & under Race/Walk, $22 - Adult Trail Walk, $28 - Adult Race. Registered participants receive a natural color T-shirt with the new Sandpiper Trailblazer logo. The city of Mountain View plans to begin extending our current four miles of trail under El Camino Real next summer, heading towards the High School. Cupertino has begun trail planning, and people in Sunnyvale are asking for feasibility studies. The Friends is a 501(C)3 nonprofit that organizes public and private trail support, trail and creek clean-ups, and education programs. Individual cities along Stevens Creek actually build the trail, but it takes many years of preparation and work behind the scenes to achieve that. Increasing public awareness, support, and consensus must come first, which is what the Friends does.

Please spread the word and invite your friends and neighbors to participate. I hope to see you at the Race!

Aaron Grossman, Executive Director, Friends of Stevens Creek Trail

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