Mountain View Voice

News - October 12, 2012

Council briefs

Chick-Fil-A appeal

The approval of a Chick-Fil-A restaurant with a drive-through in Mountain View could be reversed on Oct. 16 if the City Council agrees with appeals filed against the administrative decision by two different groups.

The fast food chain's financial support of anti-gay rights groups has fueled one group of opponents while a group concerned with the the consequences of car-oriented development has filed a second appeal.

Chick-Fil-A CEO Dan Cathy sparked outcry in July by saying the company is "guilty as charged" in opposing gay marriage. The controversy appeared to be dying down after the company's WinShape Foundation said it was pulling its financial support for such groups. But on Oct. 4, Cathy confirmed the company's support of "biblical families," stoking more protests.

The Tuesday evening meeting will be held in the City Council chambers at 500 Castro Street.

Pesticides in parks

After residents expressed concern about chemical exposure risks, a presentation will be given on the use of pesticides in city parks on Thursday, Oct. 18.

The presentation will be given to the City Council's Environmental Sustainability Committee, chaired by council member Ronit Bryant, who said she has been concerned about the practice for years.

"With advocacy from the community, we could work on a plan to put together items such as easier-to-access information about levels of toxicity used, best practices, and goals for reductions with periodic evaluation of goal achievement," Bryant wrote in an message on the Old Mountain View Neighborhood Association list serve.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the atrium conference room at City Hall.

—Daniel DeBolt

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