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Thank you for using Public Square to make Mountain View an even better place to live! Since we launched Publicsquare.org in 2013 over 2,500 people have participated. You’ve shared your ideas for Mountain View, supported your neighbors' ideas, and together, made change happen. And special thanks to the Mountain View city councilmembers and staff who signed up to listen. Here are some of the great ideas that Public Square supported:

- Cherie’s campaign for protected bike lanes in front of Graham Middle School has 144 supporters. The city is now drafting plans to make walking and biking safer near the school, and Google recently funded a comprehensive bike plan for Silicon Valley. To continue advocating for safer biking in Mountain View, please join our friends at Great Streets and the Silicon Valley Bike Coalition.

 - Bruce wants more homes for people with low and moderate incomes. Over 70 neighbors agree. The Mountain View City Council recently voted to increase funding for affordable homes

 - Kavita would like a volunteer-run urban garden. She’s gathering supporters for permanent  community gardens at the city’s newest park at 771 North Rengstorff Avenue.

What’s next? 
In October 2015, we’ll be wrapping up Public Square in Mountain View. We’ll be using everything we learned here to make communities around the Bay Area even better places to live. But don’t worry! While things will look a little different, not much will change. All your ideas will remain on Neighborland, and your log-in won’t change either. So, please continue the conversation. How can we make Mountain View a better place for everyone?

About Greenbelt Alliance
Public Square is a project of Greenbelt Alliance. For nearly 60 years, we have shaped the amazing places of the Bay Area to protect the region’s open spaces and ensure everyone can live in a thriving neighborhood that they are proud to call home. Please stay in touch to learn more about our work in Silicon Valley and beyond! Sign up for monthly news at www.greenbelt.org.

Thank you,
Matt Vander Sluis
Program Director
Greenbelt Alliance

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Greenbelt Alliance

Early this morning, Mountain View's City Council adopted an exciting new plan for the North Bayshore area, home to tech giants like Google and LinkedIn. The city’s new North Bayshore Precise Plan transforms the area’s vast expanse of parking lots into a thriving community with up to 9,850 new homes to address the Bay Area’s pressing housing shortage.

Read more: www.greenbelt.org/blog/homes-s...

The plan has many exciting features, including 20% of new homes for low-income residents, 31 acres of new public parks, and new shops and commercial spaces. Not to mention ample amenities for walking, biking, and transit with 11 miles of new public trails.

This is a huge win for all Bay Area residents, our environment, and the economy. Creating thousands of new homes in the heart of Silicon Valley means people can live close to where they work—easing the region’s housing affordability crisis and cutting the brutal commutes on our clogged freeways. It supports the economy by providing new customers for local shops and services. And it means less pressure to build on threatened farmland and wildlife habitat. As one of the largest plans for infill homes in the region, it also serves as a shining example for other communities to follow.

Many thanks to all of our partners who worked tirelessly with us over many years to make this happen. And a big shout out to the hundreds of Mountain View residents who spoke up to support a smart vision for North Bayshore.

Sincerely,
Jeremy Madsen, CEO

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Posted Dec 13, 2017
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Greenbelt Alliance

Sign our petition to tell the Mountain View City Council to make their smart vision a reality. svathome.salsalabs.org/mountai...

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Posted Oct 19, 2017
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Dan

"Google officials are now backpedaling on demands for more office space as a condition for building 9,850 new housing units in North Bayshore. In a contrite letter sent Monday afternoon to the Mountain View City Council, the company's real estate team apologized for comments made last Tuesday, Sept. 26, that were widely interpreted as an ultimatum demanding an additional 800,000 square feet of office development rights.

In the letter, David Radcliffe, Google's vice president of real estate, emphasized that his team was wholeheartedly on board for seeing housing built near the company's North Bayshore headquarters.

“During the Council's study session, we voiced the idea that adding office space could be a way to offset housing costs. We apologize that this came out as a demand, when the intent was to open a conversation to address a potential issue,” he wrote."

www.mv-voice.com/news/2017/10/...

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Google relents on bid for more offices in North Bayshore

Google officials are now backpedaling on their demands to the council last week for more office space as a condition for building 9,850 new housing units in North Bayshore.

www.mv-voice.com/news/2017/10/...

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Dan

“That was a zinger. That caught everybody by surprise,” Vice-Mayor Lenny Siegel said Wednesday. “Forgetting the issue that Google has loads of cash, my view on that is that … our North Bayshore plan shouldn’t make the jobs/housing imbalance appreciably worse.”

www.mercurynews.com/2017/09/27...

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Google demands more office space, threatens to block North Bayshore housing

Mountain View is moving ahead with a plan to add 9,850 housing units for the area of a new Google campus.

www.mercurynews.com/2017/09/27...

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Dan

The construction of protected bike lanes in front of Graham Middle School is well underway. It is due to be completed by the end of 2017. We can't wait!

www.safemountainview.org/news/...

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Protected Bike Lanes Underway!

The construction of protected bike lanes in front of Graham Middle School
is well underway.  It is due to be completed by the end of 2017.  We can't
wait!

This will be a parking protected bike lane.

www.safemountainview.org/news/...

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YIMBY Party
YIMBY Party
Sep 23, 2017

Support Housing near Google at Mountain View City Council
Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 6:30pm
City of Mountain View City Hall - 500 Castro St, Mountain View, California 94041

The big day is coming – on Tuesday September 26 Mountain View City Council plans to give direction on how much housing to allow in North Bayshore where Google is headquartered!

More information here: www.greencaltrain.com/2017/09/...

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Teija Ahlfors
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Greenbelt Alliance
Greenbelt Alliance
Jun 5, 2016
Greenbelt Alliance proposed this event for Public Square.

Mountain View parking, downtown access, and housing affordability
Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
City Hall - 500 Castro St, Mountain View, California 94041

Mountain View has a vibrant, pedestrian downtown and has been experiencing a strong local economy, but it’s difficult to find downtown parking in busy periods. Drivers to downtown and to transit have been turning to neighborhood streets for plentiful, free parking. Job growth has put severe price pressure on housing. The city has been working on adding housing, including affordable housing, to deal with the affordability crisis. Parking is part of the challenge and potentially part of the solution.

What solutions can better parking management provide? Join parking expert Richard Willson to learn about potential solutions to questions and issues including:

* How can we make it more convenient to get to downtown Mountain View?
* How do different parking choices affect the prosperity of downtown business districts?
* What can be done to prevent parking spillover?
* How does parking choices help housing affordability?
* How does parking affect traffic, and how to reduce traffic?

Come, bring your neighbors and your questions and learn about potential solutions

More information here: www.facebook.com/events/102657...

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Matt Vander Sluis
Matt Vander Sluis
Feb 19, 2016

City Council Mtg: Approve new affordable homes (Evelyn Family Apartments)
Tuesday, March 1, 2016, 6:30pm
Mountain View City Hall, 500 Castro Street, Second Floor

On Tuesday, March 1st, the Mountain View City Council will consider approving new affordable homes!

It's a fantastic proposal, that's been endorsed by Greenbelt Alliance as a strong example of how Mountain View show grow. It's called the Evelyn Family Apartments, and would provide homes for 116 families. In addition to helping tackle the housing affordability crisis, it's got lots of other smart elements, including free transit passes, a shuttle to local schools, and bike share.

Will you come out and give a word of support? Please join us on Tuesday the 1st or send an email to the City Council at citycouncil@mountainview.gov.

For more information, contact mvandersluis@greenbelt.org.

Who Went?

Matt Vander Sluis
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Cherie Walkowiak

The moment we’ve been waiting for has arrived - the Castro Street redesign has been released!! Please find the agenda here:
Agenda (Item 3.1): legistar1.granicus.com/mountai...

You will find also an overview of the design in "Attachment 2 - Overall Castro Street Improvement," in the Agenda above.
Details about the design are in the Study Session Memo, also in the Agenda above.

City staff will present the design and take public comments at a study session at 5pm Tuesday, February 9th in Council Chambers at City Hall (500 Castro Street). Bring a middle school student, and wear green in solidarity!!

Safe Mountain View will hold a meet-up outside City Hall at 4:30 for supporters to band together before the study session. RSVP: www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-up-s...

If you can’t make it to the study session, please write a letter of support to City Council:
citycouncil@mountainview.gov

Some things we LOVE about this design are:
- protected bike lanes
- green paint
- safety islands at some of the intersections
- the elimination of the slip lane at Miramonte
- bulb outs to shorten the crossing distance for people walking across the street

Cheers!
Cherie Walkowiak
www.SafeMountainView.org

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Anand Hattiangadi
Anand Hattiangadi
Feb 5, 2016

Lots to love about the design. Protected bike lanes, bulb-outs, etc. However I don't see a solution for the scariest part of biking to Graham from OMV/Castro - turning left into the school parking lot. Currently this involves merging across 2 lanes and taking an unprotected left across traffic. Currently most kids avoid this by biking the wrong way down the sidewalk to Graham, or turning onto Sonia Way and then biking into the back of Graham (diametrically opposite to most of the bike parking at Graham). I worry that with the current design it will actually be harder to cut across traffic to the unprotected left, and biking the wrong way down the Graham side will actually be harder as well.
I would like to see a plan for the left turn, ideally something along the lines of www.peopleforbikes.org/blog/en...
How does one provide feedback/help improve the design?

Posted by Anand Hattiangadi on Feb 5, 2016
Cherie Walkowiak
Cherie Walkowiak
Feb 5, 2016

You can write a message to: citycouncil@mountainview.gov

Or it you are free, you could come to the study session and tell council what you think: 5pm City Hall - 500 Castro Street

Safe Mountain View will hold a Meet-Up before the study session. We'll band together outside City Hall at 4:30.

Posted by Cherie Walkowiak on Feb 5, 2016
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