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September 2006
Volume 18, Number 6

Mark Your Calendars
From the Chair
Rebuilding Together Peninsula Accepting Applications
Exciting Trail Progress
Election Season Is Upon Us
Sono Sushi: A Mountain View Staple

Mark Your Calendars

Ready, Set, Race!
Trailblazer Walk & Race:
September 24, 2006, 8:30 a.m.
Register now!!!

Come Listen!
Candidate Forum:
Wed., October 25, 2006, 7 p.m.
Trinity United Methodist Church
748 Mercy St., Mountain View

Monthly Meetings:
When: 7:30 p.m. every Second Monday of the month
Where: 580 Castro St., Chamber of Commerce Board Room
Who: All OMV residents

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From the Chair
By Ken Rosenberg

My son and I were walking on Castro Street a few weeks ago and at the corner of Villa and Castro, he asked me what they sell in ďthat storeĒ and pointed to the Odd Fellows Lodge. I told him itís a place where people come to meet and talk and that they donít sell anything. He seemed satisfied with my response and we moved on.

But Iíve been thinking about it ever since. Have you noticed that we have three clubs on or around Castro (of which Iím aware) like this? We have the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and the Free Masons. Not knowing anything about these organizations, I did some research. Here is what I could find from various websites:

  • Odd Fellows: In 17th century England, it was odd to find people organized for the purpose of giving aid to those in need and of pursuing projects for the benefit of all mankind. Those who belonged to such an organization were called "Odd Fellows.Ē Odd Fellows are also known as "The Three Link Fraternity," which stands for Friendship, Love and Truth. The Independent Order of Odd Fellows was founded on the North American Continent in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 26, 1819. Their charter is ďTo improve and elevate the Character of Man.Ē
  • Eagles: I couldnít get too much on the Eagles other than their Mission Statement. As stated: The Fraternal Order of Eagles, an international non-profit organization, unites fraternally in the spirit of liberty, truth, justice, and equality, to make human life more desirable by lessening its ills, and by promoting peace, prosperity, gladness and hope. They were founded in 1898 by theater owners in Seattle brought together to discuss a musician strike. I guess they all got along swimmingly and the rest is history.
  • Freemasonry (I had trouble with this one, so I relied on Wikipedia): A fraternal organization whose membership is held together by shared moral and metaphysical ideals and, in most of its branches, by a constitutional declaration of belief in a Supreme Being. Freemasons have stated that Freemasonry has, in the 21st century, become less of a secret society and more of a "society with secrets." Most modern Freemasons regard the traditional concern over secrecy as a demonstration of their ability to keep a promise and a concern over the privacy of their own affairs.

Presumably each of these organizations continues to exist to work for the betterment of our community and society in some way. I am personally unaware of ever meeting anybody who belongs to any of these organizations. So I ask the following questions: Why the secrecy? What do you do to help Mountain View? Why do I rarely see anybody using your facilities? Perhaps someone reading this article might want to add to our understanding. A great forum for that discussion is OMVNATalk. If you havenít signed up, please go to Yahoo Groups and search for OMVNATalk and sign up there. Then, add your $.02 to the discussion. I know I want to know!

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Rebuilding Together Peninsula Accepting Applications
Submitted By Bruce Karney

Rebuilding Together Peninsula (RTP) announced today that they are accepting applications for free home repairs and renovations on low-income homes and community centers. The application deadline is October 1, 2006.

RTP renovates homes and community facilities from Sunnyvale to Daly City for free, including minor repairs, clean up, painting and help with major appliances. The renovation work is performed, mostly in one day, by volunteers on National Rebuilding Day, the last Saturday in April. This year, National Rebuilding Day is April 28, 2007.

To qualify you must own and live in your home; you must be low-income; and you and any of your able-bodied friends and family must work alongside the RTP volunteers.

To apply, please contact the RTP office at 650-366-6597, email at or download an application on our website

Rebuilding Together Peninsula (RTP) builds volunteer partnerships to rehabilitate homes and community facilities of low-income, elderly and/or disabled neighbors so they can live in warmth, safety and independence. RTP is part of a national, non-profit organization with over 250 affiliates in 50 states. Since the first project in 1990, RTP has organized over 63,800 volunteers who have rehabilitated 750 homes and 186 community buildings in twenty local cities for free.

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Exciting Trail Progress
By Aaron Grossman

Old Mountain View has the good fortune of being bordered by a great urban walking and bike path: Stevens Creek Trail. Local trail access is at Evelyn, Dana, and Mercy Streets. There are already four completed miles stretching from Shoreline Park nearly to El Camino Real, with plans to expand beyond.

Beginning this winter, construction will take the trail under El Camino Real. Future phases will continue it on to Mountain View High School, including links over Highway 85. Soon construction on a trail segment from McClellan Road to Stevens Creek Blvd in Cupertino is expected to begin. Additionally, Los Altos is looking into funding a study of possible trail routes, with Sunnyvale considering trail possibilities as well.

However, all of this did not happen by chance. It is in large part due to the hard work of the Friends of Stevens Creek Trail, a small non-profit organization dedicated to seeing Stevens Creek Trail become a continuous and complete reality. Besides me, there are two other members who actually live here in Old Mountain View: Secretary Kathy Bettman, and board member John Brazil. We are proud of how well the trail already serves our neighborhood, and will keep working to extend it even further.

And you can help us by attending the Trailblazer Race and Trail Walk, the major annual fundraiser, Sunday, September 24, 2006 at 8:30 a.m. This year we'll have free and secure bike parking, so think about bicycling over! Go to for forms and online registration. Thanks for your support, and I hope to see you there!

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Election Season Is Upon Us
By Ken Rosenberg

This November, we are facing an interesting country-wide election. Every US House of Representative seat is up for re-election, locally the race for California Governor is already in full-swing with interesting ballot propositions to decide on, and here in Mountain View we will choose among a slate of candidates for our own City Council.

The field this year couldn't be more diverse so please come and learn what each candidate stands for. You can do so at the candidate forum that the Old Mountain View Neighborhood Association is proud to continue to host. This year, as in years past, it will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church on Mercy Street. The date is Wednesday, October 25, 2006 and the time is 7:00 p.m. If you cannot attend this important event, please check out the Mountain View Voice for other events you can. Participate in our democracy and meet the candidates. What better way to make an informed decision at the ballot box.

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Sono Sushi: A Mountain View Staple
By Liz Scott

Sono Sushi shows off everything thatís good about a simple suburban sushi place. It isnít big on overdone frills, instead relying on its classic sushi-boat format. A U-shaped bar fronts onto a river on which float little wooden boats laden with tasty fare. You can grab the plates you want as the boats slowly drift past. The two or three constantly busy sushi chefs working at the cutting boards behind the river keep the boats stocked with a good variety of nigiri (raw sliced fish over rice), rolls (filled with a variety of tasty treats), and extras such as edamame (soy beans in their pods) and lollipops. If you want something specific (or something cooked), you can ask a passing server, who will take your order and bring it to you promptly.

If you donít feel like sitting at the bar, Sono offers a number of tables where you can sit and have a more relaxed meal. Here you can order any type of sushi, though youíll miss out on the fun of hunting for and grabbing it off a boat.

If raw fish isnít your taste, thereís a substantial menu of Japanese standards that most Americans are familiar with. The teriyakis are reliably tasty and the tempura is crisp and fresh. The menu itself is Japanese in character. Dishes are both described and pictured in vividly-colored photographs beside each entry.

The atmosphere at Sono is casual. Theyíve skipped the no-shoes tatami platforms that proliferated for a while in Japanese restaurants. Simple light wood furniture, greenery, and kitschy Japanese dťcor give the restaurant a relaxed feel where youíll be perfectly comfortable in jeans and a t-shirt. The dining room is a bit cluttered, so beware of other diners bumping your chair if youíve chosen a seat at the sushi bar.

Is Sonoís sushi the best in all the Bay Area? Perhaps not. You can probably find better-wrought nigiri, more delicate teriyakis, more innovative rolls, and the sublime heat of real wasabi. But donít let that deter you. Sono is reliably good, and not all suburban sushi restaurants are. The fish is always fresh enough, the chefs prepare a wide variety of rolls, and the cooked dishes are tasty and filling. Best of all, Sono is reasonably inexpensive, which is something you wonít find in the hoity-toity fusion-crazed dining rooms up in the City.

If you come to Sono for lunch, be prepared to wait a few minutes for a seat as Sono is popular with the downtown business lunch crowd. While it also does a good business at dinnertime, itís often a little bit easier to get in right away in the evening, especially on a weeknight.

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Mountain View, CA 94041
(650) 961-9086

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