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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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We are thrilled with the City’s latest effort to address the housing crisis. This decision is a 180-degree turnaround from a 2012 decision to not allow new housing in the very same area. That 2012 decision was made even though Greenbelt Alliance, Google, and the Mountain View Coalition for Sustainable Planning argued that a mixed-use neighborhood in North Bayshore would be a model for environmentally-friendly growth.

www.greenbelt.org/blog/north-b...

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New Housing to Sprout up in Mountain View | Greenbelt Alliance

Back in November, the Mountain View City Council voted to maximize new housing in the city’s North Bayshore area, allowing up to 9,100 new homes in a vibrant, mixed-use neighborhood in this key regional job center around Google’s campus. But the seeds for these new homes were planted long ago.

www.greenbelt.org/blog/north-b...

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Posted Jan 9, 2016
david
david
Jan 9, 2016

Better add some more housing for middle income and lower income people or else will have no diversity or workers in lower paying service jobs.Unless you just want all high tech and robots to do all the work

Posted by david on Jan 9, 2016
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Hoping to keep residential growth in Mountain View moving at a brisk pace, the City Council gave initial approval for proposals to build more than 1,600 new housing units, despite city staff's concerns about being overwhelmed by development projects.

www.mv-voice.com/news/2015/12/...

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Posted Dec 14, 2015
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david
david
Dec 15, 2015

All valid replies previously.Balance is the key,with housing and the support housing needs to keep mountain view a nice place to live for all

Posted by david on Dec 15, 2015
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A simple green-painted strip separated from the roadway by cement blocks, this new lane along Shoreline Boulevard is being hailed as the first protected bike path in Mountain View. For local bike advocates, this new lane represents the first of what they hope will be a wave of new bike-friendly transformations throughout the city.

www.mv-voice.com/news/2015/08/...

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Posted Oct 16, 2015
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Cherie Walkowiak

Community Choice Energy is coming to town!. Come learn what you need to know about CCE and give feedback at a community meeting at Mountain View's City Hall on Thursday, October 8th. Light refreshments will be served. Bring a friend!
RSVP: www.eventbrite.com/e/mountain-...
Learn more: www.carbonfreemountainview.org...

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Posted Oct 2, 2015
Bruce England
Bruce England
Oct 3, 2015

Yes, let's do it. This is part of a more sustainable future with reduced carbon emissions!

Posted by Bruce England on Oct 3, 2015
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Matt Vander Sluis

There was some great press coverage of the first protected bike path in Mountain View earlier this week.

www.mv-voice.com/news/2015/08/...

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Posted Aug 14, 2015
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The Silicon Valley Bike Coalition and Google have partnered to draft "a bicycle master plan to radically improve bicycle infrastructure in the area by emphasizing connections and creating low-stress cycling environments. The idea is to create a network of high-quality bike routes that would cross city lines throughout the northern part of Santa Clara County (North County, in the plan) and seamlessly allow bikes to negotiate current obstacles, such as freeway overpasses and busy arterials."

www.citylab.com/commute/2015/0...

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Posted Jul 14, 2015
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Jul 6, 2015

City Council Meeting: Bike Transportation Plan
Tuesday, July 7, 2015, 6:30pm - 11:30pm
City Hall, 500 Castro, Mountain View, CA

Sound like coming late is a better idea...

"Item 7.1 on the agenda for Mountain View's City Council Meeting on Tuesday, July 7th is the Bicycle Transportation Plan Update. Council members will review, take public input, and provide direction on the Public Draft of the Bicycle Transportation Plan update.

Contact City Council and tell them what you think of the Bike Plan! Best to get comments in by the end of the weekend. Very latest - Monday night if you want to make sure they have a chance to read it.

Or come to the meeting and provide public comments. The city council meeting starts at 6:30, but there are a lot of items on the agenda before the Bike Plan, which will give folks plenty of time to get there. I'm guessing arriving by 8pm will be plenty early."

www.safemountainview.org/event...

Who Went?

Cherie Walkowiak
Serge Bonte
Tom K.
Cherie Walkowiak
Cherie Walkowiak
Jul 10, 2015

Update: we had a HUGE win at Tuesday's city council meeting when the Bike Trans Plan Update was discussed. Council directed the Alta Planners (the consultants updating the plan) to:
- include a policy around using protected or buffered bike lanes by default on fast streets - in 35 mph zones and higher
- extend the feasibility study for the Permanente Creek Trail Extension to look at going all the way to Castro School
- add maps to the plan that show bike routes of our neighboring cities of Palo Alto, Los Altos and Sunnyvale

Ride on!!!

Posted by Cherie Walkowiak on Jul 10, 2015
Uri Pachter
Uri Pachter
Jul 14, 2015

Huge! Great work, Cherie and the Safe Mountain View team!

Posted by Uri Pachter on Jul 14, 2015
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