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Council OKs Google recreation facility on burrowing owl habitat

The City Council unanimously approved a 6.5-acre recreation facility on Tuesday that's got nearly every activity a Google employee could want. The rub is that it sits on foraging grounds for the rare burrowing owl.

The Google Athletic and Recreation field, or G.A.R.field for short, is a private outdoor buffet of recreation activities, including a soccer field, a basketball court, bocce ball courts, a horseshoe throwing area, a disc golf area and a putting green. 

The owls, about a dozen of whom live in gopher holes nearby, use the site and others nearby to hunt for mice, voles and insects at night.

Council members expressed concern about impacts on the owls and ended up requiring Google to pay $20,000 to the city's burrowing owl preservation efforts, among other things, including signs explaining why dogs aren't allowed in the area and timers on the facility's lights so they do not disturb the owls night-time foraging after 11 p.m.

City staff had originally proposed that Google pay $10,000 towards burrowing owl preservation, saying it was hard to link the project to a specific cost for the impact on the owls.

"$10,000 is not a lot of money," said Shani Kleinhaus of the Audubon Society, who seemed to be the owl's best defender, helping to shape the m\owl mitigations in the project for months. She added that Google should have its famous weed-eating goats out "every spring to make sure the grass is short to the burrowing owls can live in their burrows happily." The owls don't like vegetation blocking their view of predators.

The site is on the northeast corner of Amphitheatre Parkway and Garcia Avenue and is currently used as a soccer field by Google employees. Google purchased the property from pharmaceutical company Alza, which had council approval (now expired) for a 117,000 square foot office building there in 1995. Impacts to burrowing owls were mitigated a the time by setting aside owl habitat to the north east in Shoreline Park.

Jay Bechtel, Google's real estate and construction project manager, said Google's headquarters across the street from the site was a "world class facility" and that the recreation amenities "are part of that" as well as being exciting for employees, who also asked for a swimming pool. Bechtel was amenable to all of the requests from the council, even the $20,000, which Google could have easily made a case against, city staff noted.

An environmental report for the city by ESA and Albion Environmental describes the project as having a "potentially significant impact" on the burrowing owls, which numbered just over a dozen last year. But it also says says mitigation could make the impact less than significant.  

"The loss of foraging habitat and potential nesting habitat at this site would be a significant impact but this impact has already been mitigated through the creation and management of 19.5 acres of burrowing owl habitat north and east of the project site as discussed above. However, the proposed project could have additional indirect impacts on burrowing owls nearby as a result of increased lighting and predation that could result from increased raptor perches on light poles and trees," the report states.

The report adds that the owls could disappear from the area entirely if their numbers continue to decline as they have in recent years.

"A recent population viability analysis of the three largest burrowing owl colonies in the south San Francisco Bay Area" at "San Jose International Airport Moffett Airfield and Shoreline Park showed that all three colonies have a high risk of extinction if population trends observed in the last 11 plus years continue," the report says. 

Partly in response to pressures from the Audubon Society, the city proposed Google to pay $10,000 (council members upped it to $20,000) towards the city's burrowing owl preservation efforts, a sign that says why dogs won't be allowed in the area, "anti-perch measures" to keep other birds from preying on the owls, an "owl occupancy survey" during construction and limits on construction during owl nesting season. 

Kleinhaus also requested that the barbecue be removed from the plans because the fire and smell of food could draw burrowing owl predators to the area. City staff and Google's consultant disagreed, saying that barbecues at Shoreline Park have not caused problems for the owls there. But the council decided to study the issue further before allowing the barbecue, which would not be used regularly, Bechtel said.

City staff said the facility will be temporary until an office building is built on the site by Google at an unknown date.

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Posted by Member
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Sep 24, 2010 at 8:27 pm

Whatever happened to "...without doing evil"?


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Posted by Steve
a resident of Shoreline West
on Sep 25, 2010 at 3:28 pm

YES - Whatever happened to "...without doing evil"?

And... as usual its the antics of the well-to-do [the haves & have mores] that seem to continually disregard the "pattern-which-connect" in an effort to serve their private interests. Why doesn't Google build something that serves the larger community including the natural denizens who make their home in the area of the proposed site?

Prediction: 1) Google has money. 2) Mountain View City council PAYS attention to those who have money. 3) Google's proposed recreation site will be approved.


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Posted by Killing owls = DOING EVIL
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Sep 27, 2010 at 1:46 pm

NO! NO! NO!!!! Damnit Google, now you've gone too far and got me all interested in this sort of thing, which I normally never bother with.
This one is a biggie though. No way Google. HORRIBLE citizenship if you try and cram this one down our throats.
I'll not support a single incumbent who favors this. Not one.


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Posted by USA
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Sep 27, 2010 at 1:50 pm

USA is a registered user.

Random idea -- put sod on top of a nearby Google building. It would keep the building cooler and provide a place for the owls to burrow without interference from dog and other predators. Put some webcams on the roof and turn it into a public relations plus instead of a minus.


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Posted by LeDude
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Sep 27, 2010 at 2:33 pm

USA, I like the out of the box thought, but burrowing owls have a very very very strong drive to be at or beneath ground level at most all times, not just on something flat. You simply can't reprogram millions of year of evolutionary behavior like that.


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Posted by Thom
a resident of Jackson Park
on Sep 27, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Perhaps Google would like to add a 5-Star Hotel, and maybe a private air field. This is outrageous. I'd like this reviewed by higher authorities for any possible "shenanigans".


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Posted by Hardin
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Sep 27, 2010 at 6:13 pm

The spotted owl is native to the area and continually being affected by the growth of the Valley. A previous employer that I worked for also had the same issues with developing a research and development center in Sunnyvale, where the owls were present.

I'm hoping Google continues its policy of being a good neighbor and finds a solution for accommodating these animals, while still getting their building constructed.

It appears that the owls are capable of inhabiting new areas, provided that the proper accoutrements are in place to encourage them to move.

Web Link

We need to figure out ways to live with Nature, to complement it, as opposed to conquer it.


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Posted by Victor
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Sep 28, 2010 at 6:50 am

The owl can survive and adapt if given the chance by the people of Google and the people of Mtn. View. Shoreline Park owls are hanging on with a minimal effort by the city. Google could do better. My "vote" is for the owl. vlm


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Posted by Jack
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Sep 28, 2010 at 8:50 am

I don't think Google should put sod on top of their buildings, because they already have their roofs covered in solar panels.


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Posted by Whosit
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Sep 28, 2010 at 9:09 am

Google employees have enough. This owl species has been around a lot longer than they have and will outlast even Google. If this company had a conscience they would find another field, but I wouldn't count on it.


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Posted by USA
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Sep 28, 2010 at 10:39 am

USA is a registered user.

Alright, since we are talking about how we can spend Google's money, how about this plan -- Put the solar panels on poles in the parking lot like giant umbrellas to generate power for electric cars and provide shade for all cars. Put sod on the building to insulate the buildings and provide putting greens and fields for other sporting activities. Put a fence around the owl area with poles spaced wide enough to let animals in and out but stop humans and dogs. Build an observation deck on the edge of a nearby building so employees can watch the animals. Add some webcams on the deck so everyone can see. Does that cover everything?


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Posted by Hardin
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Sep 28, 2010 at 10:50 am

I think there's room for compromise and for win/win. In a way, its fortunate that Google is the company involved. They have the financial means and culture to provide a progressive solution that would work for their business interests and for the environment.

Achieving that in this location would be an example and precedent for other companies to follow, when they are faced with balancing environmental issues with corporate interests, and reinforce what is deemed acceptable and unacceptable in Mountain View.


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Posted by ignorance kills
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Sep 28, 2010 at 12:05 pm

How many of you have actually read the reports associated with this development? The ONLY people that spoke out against a few small details of the plan were the Audobon Society. It's not going to adversely affect the owls and even if it did, have you ever heard of property rights? The site was already approved for a 117K square foot building. You should be happy all they want to do is build recreation facilities.


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Posted by giveMeABreak
a resident of another community
on Sep 28, 2010 at 9:47 pm

The inside term at MV city hall is "getting run over by the Google bus" . Don't expect anything other than a rubber stamp on this one.

I mentioned the following after the Hiveplex article. It's a bit off-topic but might be of interest to you all...

Check out the flight operation at NASA Ames, besides being the most grotesque carbon footprint joke ever, is also seriously sticking it to the tax payer.

When Google struck a deal with NASA to use the airfield, they agreed to host research flights on their aircraft and pay $1M rent per year in exchange for the use of a VERY large hangar, refurbished of course, and takeoff/landing rights. At this point they now have a 767 (with two master suites including plasma screens and spa tubs), a 757, three Gulfstream 5s, an Alpha Jet, and a Jet Ranger helicopter. Here's the kicker--- they are allowed to buy fuel at military rates -- that's ~$3/gallon less than commercial rates. So every time fuel up that 767, they save $60,000! That's one aircraft, one flight. How long do you suppose it takes them to make back that $1M in rent? Not too bloody long -- guess NASA's arithmetic skills have lagged a bit since the Apollo days. Oh, and unlike every other airfield, NASA does not charge them any tax when they bring on new flight hardware to install (like when that 767 needs a new engine). Makes it a pretty economical place to do maintenance.

Oh and those research flights? Turns out that because of the FAA type certification on the Googles large aircraft, they cannot be modified for research. So, still waiting on those research flights.


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Posted by someone
a resident of another community
on Sep 29, 2010 at 12:36 am

I'm impressed with the residents of MV for standing up for the owls. Not many communities care this much about the environment. Ironically, Google is not so ubercool in its own town. Wonder if the owls agreed on the mitigation measures. Too bad the owls could not have property rights...Even if at this particular site does not mean the end of the species...have you heard about habitat fragmentation and its adverse effects?
How about the city's golf course animal "issues"? Some just want to see the sterile grass with no other form of life other than humans on it.


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Posted by Peter
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Sep 29, 2010 at 1:07 pm

It is very popular to just dismiss Google and very popular to side with the owls, but get real people. We pity some cute owl while we eat the flesh of animals each day. The hypocrisy is staggering!!

You also throw Google's "do no evil" at them every time they do something not to you liking. I think you all have been watching Fox news too much and have all caught the "sensationalize the hell out of the story" bug.


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Posted by espe
a resident of Whisman Station
on Sep 29, 2010 at 2:32 pm

It is quite interesting the fact that Google is considered sustainable (bee hives, goats roaming, solar panels, green programs, etc..), and when it comes to biodiversity of species that are already there(like those owls), they just do not care.

If you relocate the owls, they won't survive, connect with more owls, reproduce.... the whole chain will be broken.. moving the owl is not a solution, is just an evilish patch.

Is Mountain View THAT green? Is Google THAT sustainable?

No, thanks!


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Posted by jupiterk
a resident of Jackson Park
on Sep 29, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Why don't Google use the city council or the whole performance arts center to enjoy barbecue and leave the owls to live their lives without these google nerds stomping on those grounds? Given a chance and some extra money and clout, city council will do anything to be in the good books of corporations so that they can pursue oppts with Greedy and unethical corporations like Google?

I would rather see Google get out of Mountain view or disappear from the face of the planet.


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Posted by Liz
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Sep 29, 2010 at 3:00 pm

What the heck does the performing arts center have to do with any of this???


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Posted by Jes' Sayin'
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Sep 29, 2010 at 3:16 pm

The "don't be evil" motto never defined exactly what evil is. Of course nobody, not even Hitler, ever thought of themselves of being or doing evil. Thus by definition Google will never be evil from their own perspective.


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Posted by Hardin
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Sep 29, 2010 at 5:05 pm

This isn't about Google.

If any other company wanted to develop this same piece of land, the same issues would exist. The fact that Google is involved just makes this issue "news worthy", and as evident in many of these posts, attracts a contingent of people more interested in bashing Google, than addressing the real issue at hand:

Balancing the interests of humans and animals, and learning to share. As much as Google or any of us need to learn to adapt to our environment, so will Nature adapt to our presence, if we move carefully and thoughtfully.

The other issue here is property rights. Within certain limitations dictated by local governance, we all have rights to the property we own. Google is no exception. Instead of disregarding their right of use of the property, it is more productive to negotiate reasonable use that can benefit all parties involved, including the owls.


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Posted by Steve
a resident of Shoreline West
on Sep 29, 2010 at 6:01 pm

Yep, this is about Google and the sclerosed mind-set that plagues our society. And yes it is about Google one of the most influential corporations on planet earth. And yes, it about calling attention to partial-arch thinking that continues to defend such corporate antics by refering to "property rights." Think about it... somehow the concept of "property rights" makes it OK to disregard the larger pattern-which-connects us to the burrowing owl to Google to the rest of the world and back to us again... etc. Enough already!


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Posted by Hardin
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Sep 29, 2010 at 6:08 pm

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Shoreline West
on Sep 29, 2010 at 6:09 pm

Council OKs Google recreation facility on burrowing owl habitat

How is that for a prediction come true!!! Tells us something about our city council, no?

See second comment above.
Prediction: 1) Google has money. 2) Mountain View City council PAYS attention to those who have money. 3) Google's proposed recreation site will be approved.


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Posted by ignorancekills
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Sep 29, 2010 at 6:29 pm

I would love to see some documented facts about the Google aircraft fleet and their relationship with NASA.


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Posted by eric
a resident of another community
on Sep 29, 2010 at 11:35 pm

The Council did exactly what Google wanted. In other news, the sun came up this morning. Water is still wet. Film at 11.


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Posted by What
a resident of Whisman Station
on Sep 30, 2010 at 7:07 am

I find it strange how this article receives more comments then news regarding gang members stabbing someone near a park. The council should be happy to approve this Google development and get back to dealing with true issues of hiring more officers that can protect the citizens and keep the dogs on leash around the owls.


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Posted by Espe
a resident of Whisman Station
on Sep 30, 2010 at 10:24 am

?!?!?!

What, you say"The council should be happy to approve this Google development and get back to dealing with true issues of hiring more officers that can protect the citizens and keep the dogs on leash around the owls."

See? You have missed the whole point... if there are no owls, they won't need to hire more officers to protect them and so on...so, no jobs either.

And, yes...it is something that concerns Google and all the other companies that keep developing the Valley and disrupting the original ecosystems.... connectivity has been a huge issue lately.... Mountain View is one of the few spots where Californians can see this nice and beautiful owl.. Do you want to loose it as well?

Are you aware of the endangered species that we have in Mountain View... Check it out!


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Posted by Garrett
a resident of another community
on Sep 30, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Google owns the land and building this parkfor there workers is good. On the owl if we want save close up Shoreline Park to the public and everything else.


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Posted by Tom
a resident of Monta Loma
on Oct 1, 2010 at 6:41 am

Yup. Money talks, doesn't it?


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Posted by Steve
a resident of Shoreline West
on Oct 1, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Agreed - money does talk! So what is it saying? When you hear money talking, what do you hear? Do you hear the person/corporation appealing one's narcissistic desires e.g. (a) I want, I want, I want, or mine, mine, mine? Or (b) do you hear a deep consideration of values, what is good not only for oneself, but for other people and the rest of the planet?

Additional considerations:
Does (a) tend toward exclusivity, narcissism, and possibly sociopathy?
Does (b) tend toward inclusivity, mature, and moral/ethical?


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Posted by southbaygal
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Oct 1, 2010 at 5:19 pm

Googleville .... Here come the Googlers!


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Posted by Rosa
a resident of Whisman Station
on Oct 4, 2010 at 10:13 am

Google says "Jump" Council says "How High?" Get used to it, politicians are as predictable as the sun rising in the morning.


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Posted by SUZY
a resident of Shoreline West
on Oct 4, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Thanks for City Council and appreciate the commitment and leadership of the council to owl protection, and specifically Mayor Ronit Bryant,GREAT JOB!!!!!! Latham St. resident..


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Posted by Bob Power
a resident of another community
on Oct 4, 2010 at 1:03 pm

This council is thoughtful and forward-thinking. Residents of Mt. View are fortunate to have an intelligent council who consider environmental issues thoroughly. As this Burrowing Owl population rebounds, your children will thank them.


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Posted by Christine
a resident of Whisman Station
on Oct 4, 2010 at 3:07 pm

We need to let our Council know we appreciate their leadership on this issue. It was a unanimous vote for the owls - and the Council stood up to Google - way to go! Mayor Bryant, Vice Mayor Siegle and Council members Macia and Abe-Kobe were especially good at the meeting.

We are getting terribly out of step with nature as the years pass, so I was grateful to see a balance here. Thank you to Ms. Kleinhaus from the Audubon Society for her help as well.


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Posted by Espe
a resident of Whisman Station
on Oct 4, 2010 at 3:46 pm

When article says:

"City staff and Google's consultant disagreed, saying that barbecues at Shoreline Park have not caused problems for the owls there."

I would like to know which BBQs are they talking about. Shoreline at Mountain View for short or Shoreline "Wildlife Refuge and Recreational Area" is not a park for a few reasons.

First, domestic animals are not allowed because they could prey on endangered species and species of special concern as the owl.

Second, since Shoreline at Mountain View is a former landfill, BBQs are NOT allowed, because all the methane that is going out. Some facilities at Mountain View are using that as an energy source....

which BBQs?


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Posted by Espe
a resident of Whisman Station
on Oct 4, 2010 at 4:14 pm

And thank to the councilmembers for being thoughful about the environmnet and the burrowing owl that has already become extincted in other places. Thanks for not letting it happen here in MV!!!


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Posted by Don
a resident of North Whisman
on Oct 4, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Mountain View City Council emphasized the importance of Burrowing Owls to the City's environment and quality of life. Mayor Ronit Bryant and the current council members are true leaders in their commitment to the preservation and enhancement of the remaining population of burrowing owls of Shoreline. Google owns the land and has the right to develop it, but City council told them to do it with sensitivity to the Burrowing Owls.


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Posted by Michael
a resident of another community
on Oct 4, 2010 at 5:27 pm

It's a reassuring experience to read a story about a City Council that tries to safeguard the little critters that we've pushed into a few corners of where they used to thrive. I don't have that sort of Council in the city where I live and, believe me, it's a depressing experience to have to read about their environmental numbness.
Mountain View residents should be rightly proud of their Council.


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Posted by Marti
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Oct 4, 2010 at 5:42 pm

I appreciate the leadership of our City Council on the burrowing owl issue. It was a unanimous vote for the owls - and the Council stood up to Google. Mayor Bryant, Vice Mayor Siegle and Council members Macia and Abe-Kobe were especially supportive at the meeting. I attended these meetings and saw the council in action. Thanks council, for standing up for our owls. Yes, Google owns the land and has permission to build there. The ball, so to speak, is in their court.


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Posted by Dale Pike
a resident of another community
on Oct 4, 2010 at 6:44 pm

What I do not understand is why Google and now Shoreline Park who are also going to build an Athletic Fields Site adjacent to the Google site could not have shared the cost and just made one site instead of two sites so close together. How much development of the last remaining open space in Mountain View do we need.

You can have an athletic field site at any location however, burrowing owls are very specific to only certain locations. Where is all this money coming from with the present recession?


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Posted by Solarman
a resident of another community
on Oct 4, 2010 at 7:05 pm

Years ago, my neighborhood too had burrowing owls. Then the city of Santa Clara came along and developed all the space or paved it into a giant parking lot. They said they installed plastic tubes for the owls, but I never saw the owls again. Soon, this former owl habitat will be the site (if they can raise the money) of the new SF 49ers stadium.

I think the Mayor and council members of Mt View deserve praise for their efforts to protect the owls.


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Posted by Gail Cheeseman
a resident of another community
on Oct 5, 2010 at 12:36 am

Doug and I would like to express our appreciation for the commitment of the Mtn View City council to Burrowing Owl protection. We hope that other city councils will follow their leadership.


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Posted by Julie Weiss
a resident of another community
on Oct 5, 2010 at 2:14 pm

As a former Mountain View resident and someone who is still connected to the Mtn View community, I greatly appreciate and respect City Council's wisdom, support and leadership in protecting the owls.


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Posted by Dorothy
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 5, 2010 at 8:17 pm

Our city council members, particularly Mayor Bryant, Vice Mayor Siegel, and council members Macias and Abe-Kobe have a shown a commitment to helping burrowing owls and improving their habitat in requiring Google to mitigate the loss of habitat their development will cause. I hope to see them continue to improve and expand habitat so that the Shoreline population will increase. What a shame it would be if our local population, one of the very few remaining in the area, were extinguished.


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Posted by Laurie Bechtler
a resident of Stierlin Estates
on Oct 6, 2010 at 4:57 pm

I'm a Mountain View resident and birder and I love to watch Burrowing Owls. Unfortunately there aren't many places in the SF bay area where they are doing well. I appreciate the efforts of Mayor Ronit Bryant, Vice Mayor Jac Siegel, and Council members Laura Macias and Margaret Abe-Kobe to consider the owls' welfare when voting on development issues.


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Posted by Thom
a resident of Jackson Park
on Oct 6, 2010 at 6:51 pm

"Google owns the land and building this parkfor there workers is good. On the owl if we want save close up Shoreline Park to the public and everything else."

I think this may have been wrotten by a Google employee. I've lived here since 1971 and seen corporations move in and build outrageous buildings that cove a neighborhood block, then moce leaving the buildings open. I've seen this great little city lose orchards to make room for a YMCA, and I've also seen Castro Street go from family friendly 7 days a week to a place I hate walking at night.

So, you're saying let them take away one more thing this City has the hoards of people visit yearly?

I again say that this council needs to say 'no' to Google.


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Posted by Garrett
a resident of another community
on Oct 6, 2010 at 10:05 pm

To Thom. I was born in Mtn View in 1964, still have family and friends. Lots of place lost businesses or stores. The Y you talk about I do remember that orchard, use to pick the fruit of trees, more people use the Y then that orchard. Businesses come and go, things change. beside if we want to keep companies let's build bigger buildings and taller and keep Shoreline as a dump and the Duck Club


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Posted by greycat
a resident of another community
on Oct 7, 2010 at 9:32 am

"...It's not going to adversely affect the owls and even if it did, have you ever heard of property rights?"

Have you ever heard of animal rights? Try thinking beyond your rawhide leather wallet for once.


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Posted by Rudy
a resident of Shoreline West
on Oct 7, 2010 at 4:01 pm

A few years back NASA eradicated the entire Fox and coyote populations at Moffett Field, to protect the burrowing owls. This allowed the other Bird populations to boom, unchecked and a couple years after that happened a military plane hit more than 70... that's not a typo SEVENTY pigeons during a landing. It almost cost the crew of 8 their lives. Did NASA shutdown habitat areas to preserve human life? No.

Then we find out that Google Execs get to fly their corporate jets out of Moffett... one of these jets is a toy... a jet fighter trainer. This was in exchange for "research' that the Google planes would provide. These may seem unrelated but in a way they are not. These two examples contrast how In the first case the birds take priority, with NASA, over human life. In the second case NASA allows Google and their executives enjoy access and services denied the rest of the 'little people'.

Now Google gets another pass on the burrowing owl habitat that the military guys didn't get. Sure one is Federal and the other is Municipal but in these examples I see only dollar signs.

How about the Mountain View Voice do some real Journalism and report the "Science" that Google research has enriched? No one could actually define it a few years back. Has NASA and Google bothered to take the time to 'make up' a new science that shows how Google planes gather data that regular planes can't? Did they think we would all forget? I smell a BIG rat named "Fraud". Additionally, I'd be curious about Googles campaign contributions... especially here in our local area.


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Posted by "Just Think About It"
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 9, 2010 at 1:18 pm

There are many posts by residents regarding this issue. The majority of them are against Google putting in this recreation facility. The City Council will approve it. Who do you think they represent? Your chance for making a change is near. Vote for the individuals running for the City Council who represent you........"Just Think About It"...


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Posted by Mr Advice
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Oct 9, 2010 at 3:47 pm

I'm sick and tired of geese, owls, and other protected species that prohibit dogs from running loose or forbidden. Look what the #%&*@ geese have done to Shoreline Park every square inch is covered with geese poop. It's disgusting and unsanitary.


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Posted by Peter
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 11, 2010 at 9:24 am

Re: Just Think About It-
Just because the majority of these comments are against it doesn't mean tat the majority of Mountain View is against it. Ever hear of the "Silent Majority?" Also, surely you must realize that a small percentage of MV residents actually post on here. Just Think About It, needs to Get With The Program!

Re: Me Advice: I couldn't agree with you more!


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