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.



Neighborhood garage sale a success

One Monta Loman’s trash was another’s treasure at our neighborhood garage sale on Saturday, May 4. In addition to the 21 families who registered their sales to be publicized on the neighborhood email list, our website, NextDoor, and the Voice’s online Community Calendar, others also set out their no-longer-needed items to pass along, and many people visited the sales.

The event was recycling at its best, plus an opportunity to meet more of our neighbors.

New MLN email list is active

The neighborhood email list, MLN, has long been a wonderful neighborhood resource, allowing us to share requests, information, no-longer-needed items, and much more. 

Problems with Yahoo Groups prompted moving the list to a new host. Those already on the Yahoo list were emailed an invitation to join the new list. The new list was activated in April 2019, and the old list retired.

Monta Loma residents and property owners who would like to join this list should send a request including your name and address to You may be asked a question to verify that you live in Monta Loma.

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. The display was featured in the December 21, 2018, issue of the Mountain View Voice (on pages 1 and 17), and drew more than a hundred people on some nights. Sandra H. commented, “We walk over every evening when it’s clear. It’s a great way to get the kids outside, even though it’s dark. It’s the highlight of our year. John is a neighborhood hero!”

Neighbor Elna Tymes reported, “The trains were a huge success during the evenings leading up to Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day. Lots of happy, appreciative people, ‘kids with their faces all aglow’ and adults fascinated, too. Unfortunately, it rained and was windy in the late afternoon and early evening of Christmas Eve, so my daughter-in-law didn’t sing this year, but John was out by the garage as usual.”

Articles about the trains display also appeared in 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.

2018 Holiday Progressive Dinner a success

The eleventh annual holiday potluck progressive dinner was held on Saturday, December 1, 2018, and was again a great success. The 14 attendees enjoyed each other’s company and good food, and raised $375 for the Second Harvest Food Bank.

The attendees expressed interest in holding a progressive dinner in the summer, when we can walk from home to home in daylight, and eat outdoors.

Photos of the 2018 dinner are here.

Photos of the 2016 dinner and other MLNA events are here.

The progressive dinner and other MLNA events are listed under Events.


2018 Ice Cream Social – a 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 event were taken by Jim Cochran.

The Mobile Library staff welcomed 110 new and long-time patrons, who checked out 87 items. A crew from the Fire Department encouraged visitors to step inside their vehicle, and a representative of the Recreation Department offered literature on upcoming classes and events.

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.

Mountain View Trees members answered questions about tree problems. Wouter Suverkropp offered rides in a carriage pulled by a walking robot.

Attractions for the children included Gizmo Gary’s balloon creations, face painting and games, and Gloria’s cotton-candy machine. New this year was a group of chairs to enable attendees to sit for a while.

Thirty-three Monta Loma tee shirts were sold but there are still some available for purchase.

Vice Mayor Lisa Matichak, several members of our two school boards, and Sgt. Magee of the MVPD attended. They appreciated the opportunity to meet Monta Loma residents, and their appreciation was echoed by the neighbors.


Annual meeting and board election report

Approximately 75 residents attended the meeting on May 30 in the community room at 250 Mayfield. MLNA President Linda Harvey briefly reviewed the past year’s activities and the number of attendees: 11 block parties (200), Ice Cream Social (300), Spring Fling (150), and progressive dinners (36). After introducing the board candidates and our new traffic/parking liaison, John Canata, Linda turned the podium over to Mayor Lenny Siegel.

Mayor Siegel discussed the need for more housing near jobs and better transit options such as increased Caltrain service, including at San Antonio, and offering discounted Lyft or Uber rides to downtown rather than building more parking.

Speakers from Google X explained some of the projects at the “Moonshot Factory” on our border and the progress made in addressing neighbors’ concerns about light, noise, and parking problems. Our Google X contact will continue to work with John Canata and the City to address the parking problems, some of which are caused by Caltrain commuters. Audience questions included delivery vans and Uber drivers blocking the bike lanes on Mayfield.

John and Natalie Canata comprised the election committee and collected the ballots. The board members are listed on the Neighborhood Association page under MLNA.

Disaster-preparedness information distributed by CERT

During a city-wide drill on Saturday, April 21, 2018, Monta Loma CERT members delivered disaster-preparedness information door-to-door. If your home was missed, or you’d like extra copies of the handouts, you can find them here:

Disaster Preparedness Checklist (2 pages; scroll down)
Flyer explaining the OK-HELP window sign (1 page)
OK-HELP window sign (OK page)
OK-HELP window sign (HELP page)

Learn more about CERT and our neighborhood team here, and about the city’s free training courses here.

Monta Loma History articles

I’ve long promised Cheryl Smith, one of our local historians, that I would add more of her articles to the History page, and I finally did. I re-discovered that Pat Jordan had added some history articles from the newsletter to the wiki under Monta Loma History. I had not thought to look in the wiki for MLN history and others may not either, so I’ve copied those to the bottom of the History page.

On the History page, scroll down for the new additions:
– The Lost Town of Mayfield
– Our Neighborhood’s First Inhabitants
– 2005 Archeological Dig at Mayfield
– Monta Loma’s Airport in 1948