I'd like to provide a slight correction to the March 21 article covering the recent walkability event at the Community Center ("Walkability workshop perambulates Rengstorff").
Mayor Tom Means did not cross Rengstorff Avenue at Central Expressway, where train crossings are indeed a hazard. Rather, he crossed Rengstorff at Crisanto Avenue, which is just short of Central.
As noted during the event, this is a rather dicey intersection, and pedestrians are put very much at risk as they cross back and forth with traffic negotiating confusing left turn signs, rail crossings and unclear rights of way. As many in the neighborhood shop at the Mi Pueblo store across from the Community Center at that crosswalk (the store has fewer than 10 parking spaces, and a number of patrons get there by foot in any case), your readers should be aware of safety issues at that spot above and beyond those that exist at Central.
The event organizers also note that, to give credit where it's due, five students in the Leadership Mountain View class this year put together the workshop as part of their community leadership project.
Finally, the Google Group, as cited in the article, is actually LMV Walkability Group Project (http://groups.google.com/group/lmv-walkability-group-project).
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Scientology critics looking for scapegoats
I read your March 21 article "Scientology center draws downtown protest," and as a Scientologist for more than 20 years, I wanted to comment.
The idea that Scientology "splits up families" is ridiculous. The truth is, there are people who don't want to take responsibility for their part in breaking up their family and therefore like to have an excuse or a scapegoat.
It might make them feel better but it doesn't make it the truth. Really it is a continuation of the very same behavior that caused their spouse to divorce them or their family to turn their backs until they learn to control their offensive behavior.
Scientology's practices provide tools to better communication and improve understanding in our families, strengthening the family unit. I have experienced this personally and have witnessed this in many other families.
I recommend that your readers visit the Church of Scientology Life Improvement Center on Castro Street to find out for themselves what Scientology is really about. Or go to the Mountain View library and read a book by L. Ron Hubbard.
Why give credibility to masked protesters?
I live in Mountain View, am African-American, a happily married mother of three and have been a Scientologist for 19 years.
I was disappointed to see the Voice giving credibility to individuals hiding behind masks. The pictures of these masked individuals holding signs scream "Klu Klux Klan."
As a participant in many civil rights protests I have learned to be very wary of masked protesters. My experience is that they are not who they say and they must hide their identities because their agenda supports crimes. They hope to receive media attention, but history shows they should not be given a forum unless they publicly reveal their identities.
Regarding my religion, Scientology, I am a member because I found help with my relationships, raising my children and understanding myself. I discovered I am truly a spiritual being, and in so doing developed a personal relationship with God.
Finally, for anyone facing tremendous stress in life I suggest they look into the Church of Scientology or for help through God from the faith of their choice.
Depot could serve as a visitor's center
I realize everything comes down to the bottom line, nowadays, but surely the natural and logical purpose for the unused train depot is a visitor's center.
European hamlets have friendly visitor centers near their trains, and Carlsbad, Calif. has its visitor center in an old train depot. Greeters in Carlsbad (my 83-year-old mother is one of them) hand out literature and extol the virtues of their town.
Mountain View is no hamlet. We have fabulous sites to see. The computer museum, the Hanger One museum and wonderful Shoreline Park come to mind. In addition, there is no dearth of local eateries for the weary traveler. In the evening, there is the Center for Performing Arts with a variety of entertainment options.
While we have an excellent Chamber of Commerce for business, a dedicated visitor center in this area of world travelers and visitors would put Mountain View in the forefront, once again, of innovative thinking. Since the depot is a central access point to two airports, it is a perfect launching point for other attractions up and down the Peninsula.
To keep with our city's green commitment, why not rent bikes for visitors to get around.
Just stop for a minute and imagine yourself traveling through this beautiful area of ours. You are alone or your family or friends are at work, and you would like to get out and enjoy the weather. You need maps and someone to point out local attractions. What better place to go than to the local train depot for resources and its friendly and knowledgeable greeters.