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Publication Date: Friday, November 22, 2002

Council briefs Council briefs (November 22, 2002)

Senior center plans get approved

Nearly a year after the city's senior center was found to be structurally unsound, the city council unanimously approved plans for a new senior center and an interim senior center at its current site on Escuela Avenue.

The interim center will be located on the current senior center garden site while the new building is constructed. Securing funding for the new building and constructing it may take five years.

The city will look into placement of a new garden for seniors at adjacent Rengstorff Park.

Although an intergenerational center that would combine childcare with resources for seniors was proposed for the new center, it was scrapped in July due to seniors' lack of interest.

Meanwhile, plans for the interim center went through several of their own iterations. The revelation of potentially hazardous contamination at a proposed Middlefield Road site led to the current interim plans.

Council appoints planning commissioners

Laura Macias and Martha Jensen were appointed by the council to the Environmental Planning Commission, the city's most influential non-legislative body.

Macias, a 13-year resident of Mountain View, is currently a Parks and Recreation Commissioner, served on the Centennial Committee and graduated from Leadership Mountain View. She is employed as a marketing consultant.

Jensen is a new resident of the city, although she attended high school in Mountain View. Also a newcomer to Mountain View politics, Jensen works as an organizational consultant.

Mike Kasperzak, chair of the council Appointments Review Committee, said Macias was noted for being "knowledgeable, conscientious, and effective" and Jensen for her "new ideas, good skills and professional background."

No Cesar Chavez Park

Before she adjourned the last meeting of her council career, Mayor Sally Lieber asked her fellow council members to do one more thing: name a park after labor leader Cesar E. Chavez.

Lieber said this recommendation and the previously approved recommendation to hang 75 American flags on Castro Street would "give the community opportunities to express itself in a way it hasn't before."

"It's a little bit soulless that we haven't had that in the past," she added.

The park that would have been named after Chavez is located on the northeast corner of Castro Street and El Camino Real. Informally known as Gateway Park, it had been officially dubbed Mountain View Plaza in 1969.

Council member Rosemary Stasek said renaming it for Chavez does not fit with the city's park-naming traditions because he had only a tenuous relationship at best with the city of Mountain View. Chavez marched down El Camino Real in 1979, but it has not been confirmed whether or not he paused at or even passed by Mountain View Plaza.

While Lieber's recommendation was not accepted, the matter of clarifying park-naming policy was referred to the council's procedures committee.
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