Not just red meat and leafy vegetables WEEKEND | 19 OCTOBER 25, 2013 VOLUME 21, NO. 38 www.MountainViewOnline.com 650.964.6300 MOVIES | 22 Google to join new transit agency SHUTTLE SERVICE TO BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC By Daniel DeBolt G MICHELLE LE ARRR WE READY YET? Sean Payne, 5, waits for his mom to fasten the helmet of his little brother Liam, 2, as they prepare for Saturday’s family-friendly Kidical Mass bike ride through Mountain View. See more photos on page 12. Pumar sentenced to one year in jail DRIVER GUILTY OF KILLING PEDESTRIAN WAITING FOR BUS By Nick Veronin M atthew Pumar, the driver who hit and killed a Mountain View man last summer, was sentenced to one year in county jail and three years probation. Judge Allison Danner sentenced Pumar on Oct. 21 in Santa Clara County Superior Court. He was convicted of vehicular manslaughter with gross negli- gence on Sept. 12 in the death of William Ware. Ware was killed on June 21, 2012, after Pumar sped Matthew Pumar through a red light and lost control of his car, which ran up on the sidewalk and careened into the 50-year-old Mountain View resident, who was waiting for a bus in the 1800 block of California Street. Pumar, also a Mountain View resident, remained on the scene after the crash and was cooperative with investigators. He eventually pleaded not guilty to the charge of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence. However, the jury oogle is known for operating the largest private transit system in the world, shuttling thousands of employees to and from Mountain View on big, white buses that are now a symbol of the company’s dominant role in Silicon Valley. But soon Google employees may share their buses with employees of other companies — and members of the public. On Oct. 24, (after the Voice goes to press) Google is expected to join Intuit, Samsung and two developers for the first meeting of the Mountain View Transportation Management Association, a City Council-created requirement of one new office development in Mountain View. The agency will collectively run shuttles for major employers in the city, and run a new publicly accessible route between corporate campuses and downtown. Aside from keeping solo car drivers off the road, the association’s effectiveness will be in reducing the number of nearly empty employee shuttles in town, while potentially coordinating other efforts to reduce car trips. Possibilities include paying for a new shared parking garage that keeps North Bayshore employees from driving on an increasingly gridlocked Shoreline Boulevard, or new bikeshare facilities. Such measures will be increasingly important as the city is now requiring “mode share” targets for new offices — on Tuesday, Intuit promised to the City Council that only 45 percent of its employees would drive alone to a new campus at 2600 Marine Way. Reduced traffic isn’t the only way the public will benefit. The transportation management association (TMA) is required by the city to run a shuttle service to and from downtown that is available to the public. “We will create a publicly accessible shuttle that will link See GOOGLE, page 8 See PUMAR, page 14 District’s code of conduct rules questioned By Nick Veronin A prominent First Amendment lawyer and journalist had some choice words concerning a number of the rules outlined in the Mountain View Whisman School District’s INSIDE trustee code of conduct. “A lot of those policies are stupid,” said Peter Scheer, executive director of the First Amendment Coalition. Scheer, who has written for a number of prominent publications and often appears on news programs as an expert on free speech issues, was referring to a pair of rules which call upon board members to refrain from speaking ill of the board or district officials, even when they See BOARD BYLAWS, page 9 VIEWPOINT 16 | GOINGS ON 23 | MARKETPLACE 24 | REAL ESTATE 26 Google’s fleet of shuttles parks in a lot near Shoreline Amphitheatre during the middle of the workday.