Mountain View Voice

News - April 30, 2010

City Briefs

City-wide garage sale this weekend

The annual city-wide garage sale is set for this Saturday, which means driveways all over town will be blanketed with blankets — and lamps, furniture, kitchen utensils and other stuff for sale.

The event officially begins at 8 a.m. and goes until 2 p.m. For those without driveways, a "community yard sale" at Rengstorff Park is scheduled for the following Saturday, May 8. Registration is closed for both events.

A map of participating garage sales can be found in this issue of the Voice and at www.mvrecycle.org.

City holds meeting on high speed rail

In the city's most ambitious effort to date to educate the public about high speed rail, an informational meeting will be held on the evening of Monday, May 3 at the Senior Center.

The meeting's purpose is to help residents "understand what might be proposed and what its effect on Mountain View will be," said Mayor Ronit Bryant at Tuesday's council meeting.

The California High Speed Rail Authority is planning to run two additional tracks along the Caltrain corridor for the high speed rail line to Los Angeles, which will require grade-separated street crossings at Castro Street and Rengstorff Avenue and may cut into Central Expressway. Several options for doing this, such as running the tracks underground or on a platform, are laid out in a recent Rail Authority report.

A high speed rail station is also being studied for downtown Mountain View, which would significantly impact the surrounding area.

The Senior Center is located at 266 Escuela Ave. An hourlong open house begins at 5:30 p.m., and a presentation and question-and-answer session is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

— Daniel DeBolt

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