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Publication Date: Friday, July 22, 2005

City Briefs City Briefs (July 22, 2005)

City breaks ground on new senior center

A smiling crowd of city employees and local seniors cheered last Thursday as city council members made the first turns of the dirt at a groundbreaking ceremony for the new senior center. Mayor Matt Neely, Vice Mayor Nick Galiotto, council members Laura Macias, Tom Means and Matt Pear were on hand for the event.

The $15 million center on Escuela Avenue, scheduled to be completed by the end of next year, is replacing a 40-year-old building that was forced to close because it was not earthquake-safe. The center's activities moved to an interim site -- a group of portables a stone's throw away -- and the new Avenidas Senior Day Health Center will be located next door.

City workers rescue residents

Two city employees came to the aid of two residents facing life-threatening situations in separate instances last month.

John Marchant, a recreation manager at the senior center, performed the Heimlich Maneuver on a man who was choking on a corn chip during lunchtime at the center. The Heimlich is part of the first-aid and safety training given to all city employees.

Mark Salado, a street maintenance worker, was in his service vehicle when he noticed an elderly woman slip and fall into the bushes as she approached her friend's house. Salado got out and went to the woman, who had suffered a compound fracture of her lower leg. He held a rag to her wound and spoke to her until the paramedics arrived, calming her down and even getting her to laugh at points.

Both Salado and Marchant are expected to be honored at an Aug. 16 meeting of the city council.

City earns housing reward funds

Mountain View will net nearly $205,000 from a California program to reward local governments for making progress toward low-income housing goals, state officials announced. Participation in the 118-unit efficiency studios project on San Antonio Circle made the city eligible for the award under Proposition 46.

"The most astonishing thing was the state actually giving us money," joked city manager Kevin Duggan, referring to $7 million in property tax transfers over the past two years.

In anticipation of the funds, the city council had previously authorized that they be spent on the Stevens Creek Trail extension and upgrades to Landels and Gemelo parks.
-- Jon Wiener

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