Under the new rules, any committee member who violates the city's code-of-conduct policies could be subject to three different levels of punishment. The first two — admonishment and sanction — are a symbolic form of censure, but don't carry any meaningful penalty. The third and highest punishment would involve the member's removal from the appointed position.
Council members discussed the technical details of the new rules, but they avoided talking about whether the new rules should used against any committee in particular.
Public speakers were more direct. Trey Bornmann of the city Mobile Home Alliance urged the city to censure members of the Rental Housing Committee.
"The Rental Housing Committe is like Trump's EPA — people are using their position of power to destroy what they're sworn to uphold," he said. "It's a no-brainer to pass this."
Exactly what prompted the new censure rules is unclear. One member of the city's Council Procedures Committee had insisted the rules were prompted by allegations of a conflict of interest by Rental Housing Committee member Tom Means. Other members say the rules were already being considered beforehand.
County pitches in for safe parking
Mountain View's push to create a safe parking program for people living out of their vehicles is getting some major help from Santa Clara County. Last week, the county Board of Supervisors agreed to contribute $288,000 to fund the program through 2020.
The safe parking program is being spearheaded by local churches and faith groups under a new nonprofit called Lots of Love. After many delays, the program is now scheduled to launch in early July, but it will be a slow start. At first, the safe parking program will be tested at only St. Timothy's Episcopal Church on Grant Road. By 2020, organizers hope to expand to 10 parking lots, accommodating 40 vehicles.
Like many other cities, Mountain View has struggled to find the right response to the South Bay's growing homelessness crisis. Last year, the city tallied 291 inhabited vehicles across Mountain View, more that half of which were large RVs and campers.
While more affordable housing is seen as the true remedy, city leaders see the safe parking program as a good short-term solution. Mountain View is also contributing $55,000 to help Lots of Love start the program.
CSA named local nonprofit of the year
Community Services Agency (CSA), which provides senior, homeless, and low-income citizens with services ranging from a healthy food pantry to financial guidance, was named the 2018 Nonprofit of the Year for California State Assembly District 24.
The organization was joined in Sacramento by 99 other local nonprofit groups in celebration of California Nonprofits Day, which has been held annually for the past three years.
"Nonprofit organizations generate $2.6 billion in economic activity every year," employing "more than a million people in our state, the fourth largest private employer in California," said Assembly member Monique Lim
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