Voting information

The deadline to register to vote by mail was Monday, October 19.

If you missed the deadline, you can vote in person at a Voting Center.  Voting Centers will be open at City Hall, the Mountain View Library, and the Mountain View Community Center at 201 S. Rengstorff Ave. on October 31 through November 2 from 9 am to 5 pm, and on November 3 from 7 am to 8 pm.

An Easy Voter Guide is here.  It’s available in five languages

The League of Women Voters’ Voters’ Edge enables you to see what’s on your ballot and click on candidate and ballot measure links to learn more about each.

Voters can drop their ballot in any postal collection box or secure ballot drop box, or at any polling place in Santa Clara County on Election Day.  All valid ballots will be counted if postmarked on or before Election Day.

Ballots returned at a secure ballot drop box must be deposited by 8:00 p.m. on November 3.  Ballot drop boxes are at City Hall, the Mountain View Library, and the Mitchell Park Library.  More ballot-drop-box locations and their open hours can be found here.  Enter “Mountain View” rather than your zip code for a more complete list.

To track the status of your mail-in ballot, sign up here.  Notifications are sent when your ballot has been mailed to your address, when it has arrived at the county official’s office, and when it has been counted.

The election is not certified until all votes are counted.  The vote-counting procedure is here.

Election events for the November 3, 2020, election

A list of election events sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Los Altos Mountain View, including candidate forums and unbiased presentations of the ballot initiatives, is here.  The site offers links to video recordings of the events that have already been held.

A more complete list of Mountain View City-Council candidate forums is here.  Anyone can comment and propose changes to this Google Doc.

Candidates information

Click on the names to read their statements and see who is endorsing them.

Mountain View City Council (Vote for no more than four.)
Margaret Abe-Koga
Jose Gutierrez
John Lashlee
Sally Lieber
Lisa Matichak
Alex Nunez
Paul Roales
Pat Showalter
Leonard “Lenny” Siegel

Mountain View Whisman School District (Vote for no more than three.)
Laura Blakely
Chris Chiang
Patrick Neschleba
Laura Ramirez Berman

Mountain View Los Altos High School District (Vote for no more than two.)
Sanjay Dave
Phil Faillace
Laura Teksler

Foothill-DeAnza Community College District (Vote for no more than three.)
Laura Casas
Peter Landsberger
Govind Tatachari
Gilbert Wong

County Board of Education candidates:
Grace Mah
Melissa Baten Caswell

El Camino Healthcare District (Vote for no more than three.)
Megan Fraley
Jane Chen Lombard
Julia E. Miller
Carol Ann Somersille
John Zoglin

24th Assembly District
Marc Berman 
Peter Ohtaki 

13th State Senate District
Josh Becker
Alexander Glew

18th Congressional District
Anna Eshoo
Rishi Kumar

Free Bike Registration Program

From Tom Purcell, Monta Loma Neighborhood Watch Captain:

I encourage everyone to register a bike of any value, but many police departments no longer offer this service. Instead, they direct people to https://bikeindex.org/, a non-profit online bike registry.

The bikeindex site offers easy, step-by-step instructions for registration and provides a QR sticker to place on the bike. If the bike is found, anyone with a smart phone can quickly determine whether it has been reported as stolen, and reunite the bike with its owner.

But if you prefer not to create an account yourself, I have created a Monta Loma group account to register bikes. The MLNA has generously purchased a supply of the QR stickers, and I am offering them free to any residents who would like to place one on their bike(s).

I’ll also give stickers to those who can register bikes themselves, or who have already registered their bikes with bikeindex. Just log onto your bikeindex account on your smart phone, scan the QR code, send me your address, and I’ll leave you a sticker. At the URL encoded by the sticker, you can then click a link to register the sticker to your specific bike.

If you would like some help, or join our Monta Loma bikeindex account, contact me at MontaLomaNBC@gmail.com and I will help you through the process.

BTW, to see “10 bicycle protection tips to secure your bike from thieves” go to https://velosock.com/blogs/blog/10-bicycle-protection-tips-to-secure-your-bike-from-thieves.

Monta Loma tee shirts still available

Show your pride in our neighborhood by wearing a Monta Loma tee shirt. Some red shirts and gray shirts ordered for sale at the Ice Cream Social are still available. Three adult styles are available, but only in Light Steel or Deep Red. Click on each style for a photo.

Also available are one shirt with the old Dancing People logo in size Youth Extra Small in Light Steel, and one old-logo shirt in Navy, size XXL.

To inquire about any of these remaining shirts, open an email message to Marilyn (or, if you’re using a webmail service, send an email to marilyn@gildea.com).

 

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Ernie’s trains ran again

Ernie Bianco’s son, John, and the rest of the Bianco family continued the tradition of running his model trains evenings on Adele Ave. between Thanksgiving and Christmas. On Christmas Eve Kate Shih played her trumpet and Elna’s daughter-in-law, Kelly McCoy-Prael, sang Christmas carols. Articles about the trains display have appeared in the December 21, 2018, issue of the Mountain View Voice (on pages 1 and 17), the December 12, 2016, issue of the Mountain View Voice, in the December 21, 2010, issue, and on pages 1 and 9 of the November 30, 2012, issue. A 2015 article in the San Francisco Chronicle features photos by James Tensuan, son of neighbor Donna Tensuan.

2019 Ice Cream Social – another great success

Thanks to everyone who helped make this year’s event such a huge success. The four volunteers at the two welcome tables signed in over 300 attendees who enjoyed the free ice cream and toppings while meeting their neighbors.

Photos of the 2019 Ice Cream Social are here.

New this year were Monta Loma Neighborhood logo items, which are available for purchase. Twenty-nine Monta Loma tee shirts were sold but there are still some available for purchase.

The Mobile Library staff welcomed 135 new and long-time patrons to the bookmobile, and a crew from the Fire Department brought an engine. Representatives of the Recreation Department offered literature on upcoming classes and events, and Janine McCurdy brought information on the Zero Waste and Food Scraps & Recycling programs.

The Monta Loma History display showed early photos of the neighborhood and a binder of the MLNA’s early history. Neighborhood Watch information was also on the history table, and the CERT display offered information about keeping us safe during a disaster. Laureen Lam taught us about allergy-fighting plants for our yards.

Familiar faces from Mountain View Trees (which has merged with Canopy) answered questions about tree problems.

Attractions for the children included Gizmo Gary’s balloon creations, face painting and games, and Gloria’s cotton-candy machine.

Mayor Lisa Matichak, Police Chief Max Bosel, and two members of the MVLAHSD Board attended, but Police Sgt. Wally Magee may have been the most popular guest because he brought a very friendly police dog. They all appreciated the opportunity to meet Monta Loma residents, and their appreciation was echoed by the neighbors.

 

Ice Cream Social August 25

The MLNA Ice Cream Social is our biggest social event of the year.

This year it’s on Sunday, August 25, in Monta Loma Park from 3:00 to 5:00.

Some of the things to do at this year’s event:

  • Visit a MLNA welcome table first to make a nametag so your neighbors can meet you.
  • Visit the ice cream toppings table for add-ons to enhance your ice cream.
  • Ask Gizmo Gary to make you a balloon creation.
  • Check out our Monta Loma tee shirts and new MLN logo items.
  • Learn more about the city’s Zero Waste Program and Recreation Department.
  • Visit our Community Emergency Response Team’s (CERT) display and sign up.
  • Stop by the PTA table to learn what is new at our school.
  • Chat with the members of our police department.
  • Visit Laureen’s Allergy-Friendly Gardening table and register for her raffle.
  • Contribute some local lore or artifacts to the Monta Loma History display and learn about Neighborhood Watch.
  • Enjoy some pink cotton candy after 4:00.
  • Look for a visit by the MV Fire Department (if they’re not on a call), and a rainbow just before they leave.
  • Check out some items from the Bookmobile. Need a library card? Just show some resident ID.

It takes many people to make the ICS a success, so please see ways to contribute or contact eventcoordinator@montaloma.org

More than 300 people attended the 2018 event.

More photos of last year’s Ice Cream Social are here.

Annual Meeting & Board Election Report

More than 50 neighbors attended the meeting on May 29, meeting new neighbors as they looked over the displays of information and the new MLN logo items.

Acting President Tricia DelGaudio began the meeting with a review of MLNA activities (Email list, newsletter, CERT, Neighborhood Watch, block parties, Ice Cream Social, and Holiday Progressive Dinner), and introduced the volunteers who make these possible. She also showed slides of recent traffic improvements, including a video clip of drivers cutting the Nita/Nita corner before the new lane barrier was installed.

Tricia then introduced the board candidates. Because the election was uncontested, the slate was ratified by voice vote. The 2019-2020 board members are listed here.

Guest speakers Community Services Officer Jodie Pierce and Sgt. Wahed (Wally) Magee from the MVPD spoke about safety. They mentioned the importance of block parties, which encourage neighbors to know and to watch out for each other. Officer Pierce said that 40% of the block parties held in Mountain View are in Monta Loma. Sgt. Magee stressed the importance of reducing theft from vehicles. If a laptop, iPad, or mobile device is not completely shut down, it constantly looks for WiFi, and burglars use devices that can detect them. Rental cars and Teslas are prime targets for auto burglaries. Parking lots are prime car-burglary spots, so your items should be put in the trunk before reaching your destination.

Questions from audience members included these:

What crimes are increasing? Car burglaries, mail theft, and drugs, partly due to lower penalties.

How to prevent package theft? Security cameras that are less noticeable, neighbors who will collect your packages, and Amazon drop-off boxes.

 

 

MLN Tee Shirts

Show your pride in our neighborhood by wearing a Monta Loma tee shirt. We will order a limited number of red shirts and gray shirts to sell at the Ice Cream Social on August 25, but you may order your shirt in many other colors. To see all the color choices, click on the link (words in red, below) for each style.

Note that the only way to guarantee having a shirt in your size and preferred style and color is to order it in advance. If you don’t order, your choices will be limited to the red (Deep Red) and gray (Light Steel) shirts we buy to sell at the ICS. The deadline to order shirts is 5 p.m. on Monday, August 12. The once-a-year order will be submitted on Tuesday morning, August 14.

The shirts are priced at our cost. Pay when you pick up your shirt(s). If you’d like to have a shirt earlier than the third week of August, contact Marilyn to see whether one of the shirts remaining from last year’s order will fit you.

To order, open an email message to Marilyn (or, if you’re using a webmail service, send an email to marilyn@gildea.com) and enter your choices from these styles:

MLNATFor each shirt wanted, enter in your email message

1) Style name and number, plus color name
2) Size
3) Your name, street address, and phone number

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