Mountain View Voice

News - July 4, 2014

Community briefs

Council race gets crowded

Nine residents have indicated that they will run for the Mountain View City Council this fall, and the official filing period hasn't even opened yet.

After serving eight years on the council, Jac Siegel, Ronit Bryant and Margaret-Abe-Koga will step down due to term limits in December. The election may bring a significant shift on housing policies as the trio was elected during a time when many residents were protesting new housing developments in their neighborhoods, and the three members have often opposed housing development during their terms, including a plan for 1,100 units for Google employees in North Bayshore. As council members noted last week, public opinion has shifted toward a growing concern about gentrification and a lack of housing for the city's rapidly expanding workforce.

In recent weeks three residents have said they'll join the race: longtime county official Ellen Kamei, attorney Mercedes Salem, and bike and pedestrian committee member Greg Unangst, who has spoken in favor of more housing growth in the city.

The filing period for council candidates to officially join the race begins July 14 and ends Aug. 13, which includes the five-day extension for open seats with no incumbent running.

Those who previously declared an intent to run include planning commissioners Helen Wolter and Lisa Matichak, human relations commissioner Ken Rosenberg, and former planning commissioner Patricia Showalter. IT administrator James Neal and environmental planning commissioner Margaret Capriles said they will run again after coming up short in the 2012 council election.

—Daniel DeBolt

DUI crackdown

Santa Clara County's Avoid the 13 DUI Task Force and the California Highway Patrol announced plans to crack down on drunken driving over the Fourth of July weekend.

The task force will assign so-called "DUI roving saturation patrols" to Mountain View on Saturday, July 5. In addition, the CHP plans to deploy all available officers to every freeway, county road and unincorporated road in the county from 6 p.m. Thursday, July 3, to 12 a.m. Monday, July 7.

"This Fourth of July holiday, you can show your patriotism by helping to make the roads of Santa Clara County safer for everyone," said Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith. "For everyone's sake, don't drink and drive or you will be targeted for arrest."

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 10,000 people died nationwide in drunken-driving crashes in 2012, accounting for roughly a third of all driving-related deaths. Over the course of the Fourth of July weekend in 2012, 78 people died in alcohol-related crashes — around 44 percent of crash fatalities during that period.

According to statistics from the FBI, over 1.28 million drivers were arrested in 2012 for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It is against the law to drive with a blood alcohol concentration above 0.08 in California.

—Cooper Aspegren

NASA Ames 'Living Museum'

The NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field will celebrate its 75th anniversary this year with a 17-piece "living museum." In partnership with the cities of Mountain View and Sunnyvale, NASA Ames will put 17 exhibits on display throughout both cities to show off engineering and scientific endeavors from the past and present at the research center.

The original aeronautics laboratory was built at Moffett Field in 1939. Named after Joseph Ames, an architect of aeronautical science, the research lab will turn 75 on Dec. 20 this year.

The living museum will include CheMin, a chemistry and mineralogy instrument that was used on the Mars rover "Curiosity" to analyze soil samples and look for signs of life, according to a NASA Ames website. The instrument won an award for Invention of the Year in 2013, and will be on display at the Odd Fellows Hall in Mountain View.

There will also be a robotic aircraft exhibit at the Tied House and test models of components for a new Space Launch System and crew capsule at the Dana Street Roasting Co. Other locations include Mountain View City Hall, Red Rock Cafe and Yoga Belly.

The living museum runs the entire month of July and will be accessible during business hours. A map of all the locations can be found at www.nasa.gov/ames/75th-anniversary-living-museum/

—Kevin Forestieri

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