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Mountain View Voice

News - November 9, 2012

Community briefs

Hacker Dojo OKs building deal

Hacker Dojo — the shared work and event space for entrepreneurs, engineers and programmers -— finalized a deal on Monday to lease new offices at 599 Fairchild Drive in Mountain View.

The decision to move was made after months of fund-raising to make its current home at 140 South Whisman Road code-compliant to ward off a city shutdown. But that plan came to a halt when contractors recently found over $100,000 in additional expenses needed to meet building codes on top of the $250,000 raised.

"140 Whisman has been a great facility for us and we'll surely miss it," said Katy Levinson, the Dojo's director of development. "But ultimately we're in the business of building a community, not of upgrading warehouses."

The Dojo will move in December to the new location, which is 16,600 square feet or 30 percent larger than old space, and already has such items as accessible bathrooms and fire sprinklers to meet building codes. The Dojo seeks to lease 140 South Whisman for a "traditional warehouse" use for the rest of a two-year lease.

"We're excited to move into a new building right next to light rail, a coffee shop, and a cafe," said Brian Klug, founder and director of Hacker Dojo. "I can't wait to see what other great things come out of Hacker Dojo," which he said helped launch Pinterest, Word Lens, and Your Mechanic. "What's next?"

—Daniel DeBolt

Turkey Trot

Mountain View High School will be hosting the third annual Spartan Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 22.

The 5K run starts at 8:30 a.m., the 5K walks begins at 8:35 a.m. and the kids' run starts at 9:30 a.m. The event also hosts "fun runs" which include a 60-yard dash, a 400-yard dash and a 1-mile run. The mile run is set to begin at 10 a.m.

Race-day registration is at 7:30 a.m. Online pre-registration is available at www.mvhsturkeytrot.shutterfly.com.

The top three men and women 5K winners will be awarded home baked pumpkin pie and money to On Your Mark Performance running store in Los Altos.

There is no age minimum for the Turkey Trot and the money raised for the Turkey Trot will go to the Mountain View High School athletics department. Organizers say their goal is to promote family and fitness in the community.

Last year's Trot raised over $2,000 for the Mountain View High athletics program and had 250 racers and 50 volunteers.

—Ashley Finden

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