- October 24: As the senior population in California moves to the largest demographic in the State, the City of Mountain View Senior Advisory Committee invites [candidates] to participate in a public forum to discuss [candidate] platforms and issues concerning our senior population. MOUNTAIN VIEW CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES’ FORUM, OCTOBER 24, 1:00 P.M.., MOUNTAIN VIEW SENIOR CENTER, ESCUELA AVENUE, MOUNTAIN VIEW
To date, following are the forums (and other events candidates might participate in) that are scheduled or are expected to be scheduled (new or changed information in bold):
Kavita Coombe's urban garden group (Soil & Water) will have a booth with information about the organization and what they are trying to do with photos of their work this summer at Viola's garden (the temporary garden space).
All races start and end at 1065 La Avenida, Mountain View.
Saturday, September 27th, 9:30AM-noon: City of Mountain View Complete Streets Walking Tour, Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Avenue, Mountain View
We have heard from Roberta Chisam at St. Francis High School, and she is interested in seeing MVCSP participate in their upcoming Environmental Faire. We have done this in the past, so it would be great to continue this year. For any interested MVCSP members, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am contacting you about participating in our bi-annual Environmental Faire at St. Francis High School. It will take place on January 22, 2014 from 10:30-1 PM in our gymnasium. There will be a 45 minute break between the lunch periods in which we will offer you lunch. I was hoping that you would be interested in participating again this January.
I am looking for information for the students to empower themselves in making long lasting decisions that will be help them become better citizens of the Earth. I want to educate them about the importance of conservation of all our resources and how we are getting to that breaking point soon. They will be voters as well as consumers and I want them to be able to make informed decisions. If you would like to participate in our faire again, please let me know. Thank you for your time.
Environmental Club Moderator
St. Francis High School
This Bay View public lecture/presentation takes place next Wednesday evening (May 29 from 7-9pm) at NASA Research Park Bldg. 3, Moffett Field (event flyer attached and here).
The talk will feature brief presentations from the Bay View project team on "Designing for User Experience, Health & Sustainability", and ways the Bay View development is focused on making a positive impact on both the built and natural environment.
Making the Connection - Livable Downtowns & Local Jobs
Tuesday, May 7 @ 5:30pm
Council Chambers, Municipal Services Building - 33 Arroyo Drive, South San Francisco, CA 94080
Register at: http://www.healthycommunitiesbayarea.org/may-7-making-the-connection---livable-downtowns--local-jobs.html
As part of San Mateo County Affordable Housing Week, we are pleased to bring you a discussion of how vibrant downtowns can benefit local jobs, housing options, how we get around, and the health of the community. We with have a dynamic panel discussion moderated by ST Mayer, San Mateo County Health System. Panelists will be Egon Terplan, SPUR; Bill Nack, San Mateo County Building Trades Council Alliance; and Ariane Hogan, Genentech. Welcome provided by. Welcome provided by South San Francisco Mayor Pedro Gonzalez. Organized by Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County, San Mateo County Health System, San Mateo County Union Community Alliance, and Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter
For more information and to register, visit Healthy Communities Bay Area online at http://www.healthycommunitiesbayarea.org/forums.html.
Intro to EcoDistricts
Wednesday, April 17
Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum
Hosted by Sunnyvale Cool. Made possible by a generous grant from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Co-sponsored by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, the Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club, the Greenbelt Alliance
What is an eco-district? How is San Francisco applying the concept?
The EcoDistrict is an emerging strategy for creating a more sustainable city, neighborhood-by-neighborhood rather than building-by-building. Portland, the Portland Sustainability Institute, and an increasing number of cities across the country are looking at the district or neighborhood as the optimal scale for accelerating the adoption of resource-efficient practices, integrating buildings, infrastructure and community action.
Kate McGee, LEED AP and Lead Planner for the San Francisco Sustainable Development Program will share what she has learned about eco-districts and discuss San Francisco's proposed Central Corridor Eco-District, now in the early stages of the planning process. Free. Pre-registration requested: http://introtoecodistricts.eventbrite.com/#
On February 26th, the Silicon Valley Bike Summit will address the ways each of us can play a significant role in making our streets safer for all. We all want to see roads that both motorists and bicyclists can enjoy in safety and in comfort, yet the combination of antiquated design, poor maintenance, and aggressive behavior by a small minority of road users can keep some people from considering riding a bike.
Location: Oshman Family Jewish Community Center - Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto
These are challenges that require participation from all types of roadway users to solve. To bridge the gap between motorists and cyclists, the Summit will feature a panel discussion and audience question and answer session that explores road safety from multiple perspectives. The panel features members of our Roadway Safety Solutions Team, a multi-jurisdictional and multi-agency collaborative, as well as local innovators who are working to change the roadway environment in our area. Join us to learn about recent progress and upcoming strategies in promoting bicycling through improving safety.
The panel will include:
We need you to take part in this engaging dialogue! The strategies discussed will help you become a stronger advocate for yourself and other roadway users.
Registration has been extended until February 21! Please RSVP at http://svbikesummit2013.eventbrite.com
Tuesday, February 12
Technology and Society Committee luncheon meeting
11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Hangen Szechuan Restaurant (second floor)
134 Castro St., Mountain View
Lunch (good Chinese, family-style) is optional, for about $12.
Bruce Liedstrand, a former City Manager of Mountain View, is the founder of Common Sense Community Design (visit commonsensecommunitydesign.org), a Mountain View based training resource to help improve the livability of cities. His recent op-ed piece in the Mercury News urged the Mountain View City Council to include residential development as an option when studying how to cope with transportation issues in a rapidly expanding North Bayshore area.
Bruce will lead attendees in a roundtable discussion on the premise that the community infrastructure platform that supports Silicon Valley businesses is out of date and needs a substantial upgrade. Issues to be discussed include how outdated development patterns (suburban sprawl, auto dependency) combined with increased density of office development have overloaded the suburban system, leading to high home prices, long commutes and traffic congestion. This makes the key business supply line of employees getting to work vulnerable to disruption. Also, work, the workplace and the relationship between work and the rest of life are changing. Instead of a conventional single-family suburban home, many young people want to live in a vibrant compact neighborhood where they can enjoy life with their friends, and where a car is an option, not a requirement.
In addition to discussing issues and ideas for the future (transit oriented development, networked transportation systems, integrated public/private decision-making, etc.), we will look at the role technology currently plays and might play in the future.
Back on January 8th, MVCSP and City officials and staff welcomed a small group of Santa Clara residents to downtown Mountain View to learn about how MVCSP advocates for sustainable land use planning. We took the train (so convenient!) from Santa Clara to Mountain View. We were met at Centennial Plaza by Community Development Director Randy Tsuda.
Mr. Tsuda talked about the value that a group like MVCSP brings to the City planning process. He said that while planning staff may not always agree with MVCSP's views, staff has found it very valuable to have a group that advocates for sustainable development because it brings balance to the public discourse. He cited the Mintons' project as an example of when MVCSP's perspective brought a lot to conversation and influenced the outcome!
Environmental Planning Commissioner Eric Anderson and Councilmember Margaret Abe-Koga met us at Dana Street Roasting Co. where we enjoyed the atmosphere at one of Downtown's many outdoor cafe spaces. Mr. Anderson and Councilmember Abe-Koga talked about how important it is that MVCSP is a group of local advocates, as there is nothing more valuable to the public process than the perspective of residents. Mr. Anderson also stressed how much he likes to hear about local examples of sustainable planning practices, rather than cool stuff happening far away. Interesting feedback!
Finally, we met with Riad Elbdour and Bruce England, two Mountain View residents and active MVCSP members. Bruce and Riad told Green Action members about how often our group meets, what we do, how we make decisions, and what it's like to be involved. Riad talked about how much he likes being part of a group that is respectful and wants to work within the City process.
Bruce talked about how he likes that MVCSP brings people with lots of different backgrounds together in one group. He gave a little background on how MV Cool Cities, the City's Environmental Sustainability Task Force, Green Mountain View, and MVCSP each developed and how the different groups continue to coordinate. Bruce also talked about his work with the City's Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee, to which MVCSP members have sometimes contributed.
After a whirlwind hour some of us hopped on the train and some carpooled back to Santa Clara. It was a really fun afternoon. MVCSP hopes that Santa Clara Green Action members had fun and that they might like to get something similar going in their own city. It'd be great to work together. We'll see!