Sponsored by Neighborhood Watch and MLNA

Block parties provide an opportunity to meet your neighbors, build camaraderie, and have a good time. Neighborhood Watch is an important aspect of a safe and secure neighborhood. Combined, they help make Monta Loma a better place to live.

Neighborhood Watch Captain Tom Purcell created a map of the block parties held in 2016. A link to it is on the Maps page.

Photo by Charles Ho
Anna Avenue’s 2010 Block Party

Here’s how it works:

You and your neighbors on at least one block-long street organize and execute a block party. One designated person submits receipts of up to $150, and is reimbursed by the MLNA treasurer for consumables.
There are a variety of formats the block party can take: inside a home, in someone’s back yard, in one or more front yards and driveways, or you can block off a portion of the street and have it out in the open so it’s most inviting.

If you want to block off all or part of a street, you must obtain a permit from the MV Police Department. You can pick up a block party application at the MV police station or download itPhoto by Charles Ho - Thompson Court Block Party(If you would like an officer to stop by your party, request it on the application.) Return the completed form to 1000 Villa St. Mountain View 94041. There may be a follow-up call to the applicant. Allow 30 days for approval because the application must be approved by the Police Department, Fire Department, and Traffic Engineer. The application notifies city services that you will be blocking off the street, so in case of emergency, police cars and fire trucks will not come barreling through, endangering you and your neighbors. Any street barricades must be movable for emergency access. There is no fee for the city permit and the applicant will be contacted to pick up the permit once it is approved.

 

%22Road closed%22 sign in sun

The City does not provide barricades, but you can borrow orange safety cones and “Road Closed” signs from CERT. Contact John Thomas via CERT@montaloma.org to arrange for pickup and return.

The MLNA will reimburse expenses up to $5 per person or $150 per block party, whichever amount is lower. Use sign-in sheets to verify participants’ names and addresses as residents of Monta Loma. The $150 limit applies to parties in which two or more streets participate. Eligible expenses include food, beverages, plates, utensils, and napkins but exclude alcoholic drinks.

Receipts and the sign-in sheets must be originals, not copies. All receipts and the sign-in sheets must be submitted together, even for parties of two or more streets, to the MLNA treasurer. Only one reimbursement check will be issued. Including a self-addressed envelope will speed your reimbursement.

It’s wise to distribute a flyer in advance of your party, asking neighbors to bring needed items. You can display or download a Microsoft Word document containing sample invitations plus a sample list of needed items (PDF), and a sample attendance sheet (PDF). For the benefit of new residents, you can print a sign-up sheet for a Welcome Packet to place next to the attendance sheet.

Learn more about Neighborhood Watch

If you have any questions, contact the MLNA Board.

Display or download a printable version of this information in Microsoft Word.