Annual Meeting & Board Election Report

Approximately 40 neighbors attended the meeting on June 15, many coming early to meet new neighbors and greet long-time ones before the meeting.

Outgoing President Tricia DelGaudio began the meeting with a review of MLNA activities (Email listnewsletterCERTNeighborhood Watchblock parties, garage sale, and the Ice Cream Social).  She thanked the volunteers who make these possible, plus retiring newsletter editor Heather Schoell and retiring Traffic/Parking Liaison John Canata.

Tricia then introduced the board candidates.  Because the election was uncontested, the slate was ratified by voice vote.  The 2022-2023 board members are listed here.

Guest speaker Vice Mayor Alison Hicks gave an illustrated presentation about how residents can engage with the City as it updates its plans relating to parks and open space, urban forestry, walk- and bike-ability, and biodiversity.

May 7 garage sale another success

Everyone enjoyed sharing smiles and finding bargains on a warm sunny Saturday, making our third annual neighborhood garage sale another huge success.  More than 30 households participated, some registering on the Monta Loma list and map, others on the citywide site, and still others on both lists.

A multi-family sale raised over $740 for a local scout troop, and a set-your-own-price sale to benefit CHAC (Community Health Awareness Council) raised $727.

Perhaps because our neighborhood had the most dots on the city’s citywide garage-sale map, a TV film crew visited Monta Loma. You can see the footage here.

Holiday Happenings Report

Dotty Calabrese and Marleen Nyst organized an exhibit of Monta Loma Neighborhood artists, craftspeople, makers, and tinkerers.  They opened their studios and workplaces to showcase their crafts, demonstrate their processes, and/or sell their products on the weekend of November 13/14.

John Bianco ran his dad’s model trains at the Bianco home on Adele for six evenings every week between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.

Karla Valente’s efforts resulted in donations of $746 to Second Harvest Food Bank, and a treasure hunt for neighborhood kids, searching for stuffed animals displayed at homes.

Thanks to everyone who organized and participated in these events.  You helped make our holidays special.

2021 Ice Cream Social — back again, better than ever

The Ice Cream Social, held at Monta Loma Park on Sunday, September 5, was a huge success.  With the exhibits widely spaced for Covid safety, the crowd spread all the way to Thompson Avenue.  We didn’t realize until later that the welcome-table volunteers had signed in almost 300 attendees, who enjoyed a selection of packaged ice cream treats while meeting their neighbors.

Tee-shirt sales totaled 35, but some shirts (and logo items) remain available for purchase.

Neighborhood participants were CERT members (safety information), Gary Heyman (balloons), Bill Lambert (Friends of Mountain View Parks), Tom Purcell (Monta Loma history and bike-registration stickers), Alan Whitaker (monarch butterfly and native milkweed info and plants), Gloria Jackson (cotton candy), Jill Rakestraw (plant exchange), Karla Valente (gardening information), and Victor Brilon’s band, Nobody’s Girlfriend. Marty Pulvers staffed the tee-shirt and logo-items sales tables, Jim Cochran took photos, and Bill Cranston provided the A-frame signs that reminded us to attend.

Other participants were Monta Loma School’s PTA, Mountain View Educational Foundation, Canopy, Recycling and Zero Waste, and a MV police officer and dog.  The Bookmobile and the Fire Department were unable to participate, due to Covid and wildfires.

Mayor Ellen Kamei returned early from a trip in order to attend, and stayed for 90 minutes.  MVWSD trustees Laura Berman and Ellen Wheeler also came.  They all appreciated the opportunity to meet Monta Loma residents, and their appreciation was echoed by the neighbors.

Thanks to everyone who helped make this year’s event such a huge success.  Photos are here.

 

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 gray or red. Click on each style for a photo.

One gray Youth shirt, size Extra Small (2-4), is also available.

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

 

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Annual Meeting and Board Election June 16, 2021

Please participate in our virtual Annual Meeting and Board Election on Wednesday, June 16, to meet your board candidates and hear the invited speakers.

Annual Meeting

Register now for the the Annual Meeting meeting here.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about submitting questions for the program speakers by 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 11, and joining the meeting on June 16. To submit questions, choose “Q&A” in the blue banner. The “Polls” option is your ballot.

Meeting schedule:

7:05 p.m.  Meeting begins with the president’s update.
7:15 p.m.  Jessica Chohan and Hillary Miller will give an update from the Monta Loma Park fence group.

7:30 p.m.  Program: Mountain View Mayor Ellen Kamei and MVWSD Superintendent Ayindé Rudolph will respond to questions previously submitted.

Board Election information

Our current board members, with the exception of the First Vice President, are interested in staying on.  In addition to filling that position, we would also like to add another member at large.  (Members at large have no designated responsibility.)  The list of board members is here.  Scroll down for a description of the board positions.

If you like what your board members are doing, attend and vote for them.  If not, replace any or all of them.  If you appreciate living in our neighborhood, serving on the Board is a good way to give back.

To place your name on the ballot or to request an absentee ballot, contact Baidra Murphy at secretary@montaloma.org by 6 p.m. on Friday, June 11.

Cast your ballot here.

 

Neighborhood Garage Sale; a huge success

The weather on Saturday, May 1, 2021 was perfect, and helped make our garage sale a huge success.  More than 50 people had registered to hold a sale or set out their free items in their driveway.  In addition, many others also posted their addresses and for-sale or give-away items on the MLN email list.  Others just set their no-longer-needed items out at the end of their driveways.

Messages of appreciation included these:

R:  Thanks for organizing… a great turnout!  Much of our long-unused stuff is now in new hands.

N:  We met some new neighbors, and it was fun.  I got rid of some things I never use.

D:  We walked around for 2.5 hours, viewing goods, but mostly chatting.  It was wonderful to see old friends and meet new people.

L:  I had the best emotional day in a very long time!  To see people, converse, see them find treasures that lit up their faces, and to simply give things away, all contributed to a memorable day.  This was way more than a neighborhood garage sale.  This was a glimpse of normal.  The timing was perfect. Thank you for the hard work to make it happen for all of us.

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.