This means it will now fall to the Mountain View City Council to figure out how to develop the area near the Century Cinema theaters. In an idea proposed by Councilwoman Margaret Abe-Koga, the council stipulated that if negotiations failed, the city would draft its own master plan outlining what should be developed in the area.
Google and SyWest each own about half of the 30 acres that comprise the gateway property along Shoreline Boulevard. SyWest officials want to go it alone, developing their 16-acre portion into about 740 residential units, 880,000 square feet of offices and a new hotel, theater and shops. In contrast, Google officials want the entire property to be blended into larger plans for North Bayshore, building 1,200 homes and developing 275,000 square feet of office space at the gateway site.
City Council members declined to endorse either of the companies' plans during a review last month. Any new master plan compiled by city staff would eventually be brought before the City Council for approval.
Tenants Coalition pledges to fight RV ban
The group formerly known as the Mountain View Tenants Coalition announced Friday that it will work to overturn a forthcoming ban on RVs and trailers parked on city streets. The pledge to fight comes as the Tenants Coalition announced it is broadening its mission by changing its name to the Mountain View Housing Justice Coalition.
The RV ban, which has been approved by the City Council only in concept, is intended to remove nearly 200 inhabited motor homes and trailers parked on the streets of Mountain View. At their March 19 meeting, a majority of City Council members gave staff direction to begin drafting a ban as a new city ordinance, a process which could take several months.
If that ordinance were to be approved, members of the new Housing Justice Coalition say they would seek a voter referendum to prevent it from taking effect. Going that route would require supporters to circulate a petition and gather signatures of 10 percent of the registered voters in Mountain View, or about 3,700 people. This petition would need to be submitted no later than 30 days after the ordinance is approved.
If a successful petition is submitted, the City Council would be required to either repeal the ordinance, or bring it forward as a ballot measure for city voters to decide.
"We believe that a majority of Mountain View residents think this ban is an overreach," said former councilman Lenny Siegel, a member of the Housing Justice Coalition. "People are concerned about the (problems) associated with the vehicle residents, but in my experience, there's few who want an outright expulsion."
Community surveys conducted by the city found that the local residents' top choices for how to address people living out of their vehicles was to provide safe parking locations (71.8 percent) or provide services for housing stability (60.6 percent). Just over half of respondents (50.5 percent) wanted the city to impose parking restrictions.
A referendum is just one option available to potentially overturn a future vehicle ban, Siegel said. The best course of action for the Housing Justice Coalition would depend on how the future vehicle-ban ordinance is written, he said.
An international traveler recently found to have measles visited at least six public spaces in the Midpeninsula area earlier this month, leading the Santa Clara County Public Health Department to warn the community that they may be at risk of getting sick if they're not vaccinated against the disease.
The traveler with measles is an adult who was exposed to the infection overseas and visited 20 restaurants, stores and tourist sites within the county from March 16 through last Saturday, March 23, the Public Health Department announced in a statement Tuesday. The locations include places in Palo Alto, Stanford University and Mountain View.
The person, whose vaccination status is unverified, was hospitalized. For medical privacy reasons, no additional information about the traveler was released.
Individuals who are not immune and visited the locations may be at risk of developing the viral infection, the agency said. The traveler confirmed to be carrying measles also visited establishments in Sunnyvale, San Jose, Cupertino, Santa Clara and Milpitas.
"The good news is that most people living in Santa Clara County have been vaccinated and are protected from measles," said Dr. Sara Cody, county health officer and director of the Public Health Department. "However, if you or a family member are not immune to measles and you think you were exposed to measles, watch closely for fever, cough, red eyes, runny nose and a rash that starts on the face. Call your doctor right away if you develop any of these symptoms," she added. The symptoms can appear seven to 21 days after first exposure, according to the agency.
This case is not related to the three cases found in the Bay Area earlier this month, the agency said.
The infection is a threat to unvaccinated children and adults, people with weakened immune systems and infants who are too young to receive the MMR vaccine that protects against measles.
For more information about measles and a full list of dates and locations of possible exposure, go to sccgov.org.
The traveler visited locations in Mountain View and Palo Alto on Saturday and Sunday, March 16-17, and Friday, March 22.
• Saturday, March 16: Hoover Tower Observation Deck, 550 Serra Mall, Stanford, from 12:30-3:30 p.m.; Poki Bowl, 2305 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, from 1:30-4 p.m.; and Walmart, 600 Showers Drive, Mountain View, from 3-5 p.m.
• Sunday, March 17: Bill's Cafe, 3163 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Cascal, 400 Castro St., Mountain View, from 6-9 p.m.
• Friday, March 22: Safeway, 645 San Antonio Road, Mountain View, from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
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