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Letter from the Chair

by Noam Livnat

I didn’t know what to expect when I joined OMVNA’s Steering Committee three years ago, I was still relatively new to the neighborhood and had never taken part in a similar volunteering activity. I discovered a group of individuals, many of whom have been involved with the organization for years, who [...]

Letter from the Chair: Support Local Businesses

By Noam Livnat

A couple of weeks ago my car croaked. I turned it off to go get something from the house and it refused to start. As always, it was just the worst timing.

I’m not really a car person, but I’ve done some tinkering in the past. My wife and I changed [...]

From the Chair: Facing 2009

by Noam Livnat

Despite initial hopes to the contrary, the euphemistically-described “economic downturn” hasn’t, after all, spared Silicon Valley and Mountain View. It didn’t even spare OMVNA: advertising revenues from our newsletter, which fund not only the substantial cost of the newsletter itself but also most of our other activities, are down significantly. Our [...]

Letter From the Chair

by Noam Livnat

And so, just like that, the election season is behind us. There is much to marvel at with the American way of choosing our leaders: how personal the process is, how vibrant the circus becomes, or the marvels of the now ubiquitous and permanent absentee status. There’s nothing quite like the [...]

From the Chair: But, Is It Fun?

by Noam Livnat

A few weeks ago I visited family in Irvine, down south in Orange County. Irvine is an interesting place – a planned community with an enviable number of manicured parks, impressive diversity, better-than-average strip malls, and a somewhat overbearing preference for conformity, including limiting one’s choice of house [...]

From the Chair: Burning Man

by Noam Livnat

Last week I attended Burning Man, a unique festival in which, for seven days, “Black Rock City” materializes out of the scorched earth of the Black Rock desert, 110 miles north of Reno.

Fifty thousand people from around the country and the world participated this year (double from the last time [...]

From the Chair

by Noam Livnat

This is my second year with the Old Mountain View Neighborhood Association (yeah, it’s a mouthful). I had never been involved in community work and when I joined I figured this would be a good way to start since, despite my and my wife’s wunderlust, we seem to be putting down [...]

From the Chair

by Noam Livnat

When we bought our house here in Old Mountain View, we acquired a new family member. My wife’s family’s dog, Opie, came to live with us from her home in Orange County. Opie’s a loving, gentle dog – great with our kids and well behaved. But despite her twelve years, the [...]

From the Chair

by Noam Livnat

Over the last couple of weeks a lively and sometimes heated debate has been taking place on the OMVNA newsgroup. It all started with a post from a new neighborhood association, Wagon Wheel, that was founded in Whisman to oppose the proposed Hetch Hetchy development. The City Council rejected the developer’s [...]