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Made with care WEEKEND | 19 MAY 3, 2013 VOLUME 21, NO. 14 650.964.6300 CHAC needs help to make its move City is back in the black RECESSION OVER AS NEW BUDGET CALLS FOR MORE JOBS By Nick Veronin W ith a little help from the community, the Mountain View-based Community Health Awareness Council of Mountain View will be able to open the doors at their new location in July, a spokeswoman with the organization said. “We’ve been in desperate need of more space for a little while now,” said Carrie Carstens, public relations manager at CHAC, non-profit focused on helping local students and community members by providing no- and low-cost mental health services in schools and at their office in downtown Mountain View. “And this whole situation just kind of happened.” “This whole situation,” as Carstens called it, is being referred to as the “Miracle on El Camino.” CHAC will soon leave its current building at 711 Church Street, and move just a few short blocks to 590 W. El Camino Real, the former offices of the mobile technology company Loopt, which CHAC swapped for its old quarters. According to Carstens, the company that owns the former Loopt offices agreed to swap deeds with CHAC, which owns its current headquarters outright. The deal effectively gives the non-profit a larger, more valuable building for free. CHAC’s current offices were recently appraised at $1 million, while their new digs are worth an estimated $3 million, and at 7,330 square feet, the new offices are roughly double the size of the old CHAC building. Yet, while CHAC has done well in the trade, there is still quite a bit of work to be done, and See CHAC, page 10 INSIDE MOVIES | 22 By Daniel DeBolt A MICHELLE LE The Pearson house languished for years before being demolished to make way for an office building. Historic Pearson house demolished PIECES OF 130-YEAR-OLD HOME SAVED BY GREAT-GRANDSON By Daniel DeBolt A fter years of abandonment and several attempts to save it, the 130-year-old home of early Mountain View businessman Charles Pearson has been turned into rubble in order to make room for an office building. “I hope it’s for a good cause,” said Chez TJ owner George Aviet, who looked on from his restaurant’s balcony as the home next-door was demolished the morning of April 25. “Of course it’s a shame to see it go, but nobody took care of that building.” He added that the neglected home, its porch overhang propped up by a tem- VIEWPOINT 16 | GOINGS ON 23 | MARKETPLACE 25 | REAL ESTATE 26 porary structure, had been an eyesore for many years. A four-story office building called “Bryant Park Plaza” will go in its place with a ground floor parking garage and cafe. It already has a tenant lined up as downtown office space is under high demand from tech startSee PEARSON, page 6 fter making it through the recession with a hiring freeze and cutting over 30 vacant job positions from the city budget, officials are now looking to start hiring at city hall. In Tuesday’s City Council meeting, City Manager Dan Rich proposed adding more than a half-dozen new jobs using onetime funds and one “permanent” job: a new $250,000 director of Information Technology position. The City Council supported the idea. Adding a new department head is not something “I take lightly,” Rich said.”I believe this is necessary to make technology a priority as council has said it wants it to be,” he said, referring to one of the council’s top three goals that was confirmed Tuesday. The others are pedestrian and bicycle mobility and the preservation and expansion of the city’s tree canopy. Mountain View is “a very highly educated, high-tech community,” said council member Margaret Abe-Koga. “We have all these startups coming to us, saying, ‘This is the technology we are developing, do you want to beta test it?’ We haven’t had a lot of time to to see what works for us. That’s what I would envision this IT person to be — on the cutting edge of what’s going on in the world.” The city’s current in-house information technology department is managed by finance director Patty Kong, who would perhaps have more time to generate revenue for the city, noted council member Mike Kasperzak. Among the other jobs Rich See COUNCIL, page 13

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