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Mountain View Voice

News - February 22, 2013

Community briefs

Group bike ride

On Saturday, March 2, group called Great Streets Rengstorff Park is hosting a group bicycle ride around the Rengstorff Park area to highlight ways the streets could be improved for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Billed as a "leisurely morning ride" that is family friendly, it will take attendees on a 4-mile tour with stops so stories may be told, issues raised and opportunities highlighted "to create safer and more attractive places to walk, bike and congregate in the city's highest density neighborhood."

Great Streets Rengstorff Park has posted a vision for the area's streets on its website, greatstreetsrp.wordpress.com, which includes placing bike lanes where they currently don't exist on Escuela Avenue and the Caltrain right of way, designs for "slow streets" on Ortega and Latham avenues and "road diets" and protected bike lanes on California Street and Shoreline Boulevard.

To attend, RSVP to GreatStreetsRP@gmail.com before Feb. 26. Several loaner bikes are available.

The event starts at 9 a.m. at the Mountain View Senior Center, 266 Escuela Avenue, and goes until 11 a.m.

—Daniel DeBolt

E-waste fundraiser

After clinching its first national title earlier this month, the Los Altos High School Cheerleading Team is gearing up for a trip to Disneyland and the chance to compete once again on a national stage.

To help cover the costs of transportation and entry fees, the Eagles cheer team is partnering with GreenMouse Recycling for an e-waste collection fundraiser on Saturday, March 2nd from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Los Altos High School, 201 Almond Ave.

GreenMouse, which provides computer recylcing services across the state, will help the cheer team collect a variety of unwanted electronics. Once the e-waste is weighed and counted, the company can process and repurpose plastic and metal scrap for resale. The team and GreenMouse will split all of the proceeds from the fundraiser 50-50.

Los Altos Cheer raised $2,000 after holding a similar fundraiser last year, but Coach Nikia Alayoubi said that this year the team is looking to surpass that mark.

"Our goal is to try to raise more money than we did last year to help accommodate families that can't afford the expenses," she said.

Each team member must contribute $500 which helps to pay for lodging, competition participation fees and Disneyland passes.

"This year we were recognized as a sport, and the team wants to prove to everyone that they are hard-working athletes and want nothing more but to see our sweat, tears and energy pay off at the USA Nationals in Anaheim," Alayoubi said.

The team won its first national title at the American Masterpiece Compeition in San Jose.

Acording to GreenMouse's website, obsolete, unwanted, or unused electronic items eligible for donation include: monitors, TVs, computers, cell phones, PC boards, DVD players, stereo equipment, keyboards and printers. A complete list is available at the company's website, www.greenmouse.com.

—Dominic Fracassa

Paint recycling in Mountain View

Three Mountain View paint retailers are among 22 businesses across Santa Clara County now participating in a statewide initiative to recycle unwanted or excess paint from residential and commercial sources.

The Dunn-Edwards store at 1949 El Camino Real, and two Kelly Moore stores, at 180 El Camino Real and 411 Fairchild Dr., will accept leftover paint as part of the California Paint Stewardship Program.

The program, established in 2010, requires paint manufactures to develop and operate a take-back system to prevent people from disposing of paint improperly. By setting hundreds of drop-off sites statewide, lawmakers are also looking to take some of the financial burden off of local, government-run household hazardous waste programs, which often operate with strained budgets and limited days of operation.

Small charges applied to the purchase price of paint in California will fund the stewardship program. The fees, assessed by container size, range from $0.35 for up to a gallon of paint, $.0.75 for one gallon, and $1.60 for one to five gallons of paint.

According to industry estimates, more than 700 million gallons of architectural paint is sold each year in the U.S., and about 10 percent is available for recycling. Paint disposed of inappropriately can become an acute environmental hazard if it finds its way into storm drains, where untreated pollutants can be carried into streams and rivers and harm aquatic ecosystems.

—Dominic Fracassa

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