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Sleek, snazzy, cool WEEKEND | 18 JUNE 20, 2014 VOLUME 22, NO. 20 650.964.6300 MOVIES | 21 Delays could seal fate of Milk Pail DEVELOPER MERLONE GEIER SAYS REFERENDUM COULD KILL SAN ANTONIO PLANS By Daniel DeBolt T MICHELLE LE Fr. Bob Moran greets Isidro and Emmanuel Mejia, who traveled from Arizona to celebrate his retirement after 50 years as a parish priest. Heartfelt send-off for retiring priest FR. BOB MORAN PRAISED FOR HIS COMMITMENT TO SOCIAL JUSTICE By Daniel DeBolt A t a potluck dinner with over 200 adoring parishioners, Father Bob Moran celebrated 50 years as an ordained Catholic priest last Friday, but also said goodbye to a crowd that lined up all evening to wish him farewell. There was no shortage of praise for the man, who was ordained a priest on the same date 50 years ago, June 13, 1964. He is retiring at age 75 and was honored at a Mass on Saturday. He first joined the local Catholic parish in the early 1980s, which includes downtown’s St. Joseph church and the St. Joseph school on Miramonte Avenue, where Friday’s dinner was held in the auditorium. “He is the most wonderful priest we have ever known,” said Job Lopez, longtime church member and community orgaSee PRIEST, page 13 he July 1 City Council meeting, where Merlone Geier hopes to get City Council approval for its big San Antonio shopping center redevelopment proposal, is quickly approaching. For over two years, the San Francisco-based developer has been pitching its plan for a 70,000-square-foot movie theater, 1,480 space parking garage, a seven-story hotel, a pair of sixstory office buildings and new ground-floor shops around a public square designed with an eye towards “place-making” — all on a 9.9-acre portion of the San Antonio Shopping Center at the corner of San Antonio Road and California Street. It would replace the Ross, BevMo and several small properties on the corner, all of which Merlone Geier now owns — except for the Milk Pail market. The project may not slide through very easily. The potential consequences for the Milk Pail market — which is facing closure without an agreement to lease parking spaces in the project or a workable deal to relocate the business— have drawn outcry from numerous patrons of the popular European-style open air market. Meanwhile, a group of residents concerned with the city’s jobs-housing imbalance say they will seek a referendum on the project, putting it on the ballot for voters to decide on — but only if it is passed before a “precise plan” is done in December. That plan would consider larger needs in and around the shopping center, such as the need for park space, bike and pedestrian access and a school for the 600 kids expected to move to the area. The City Council is holding a study session on the precise plan June 24. Merlone Geier’s Mike Grehl told the Voice on Monday that his company may pull the project if it appears the referendum would delay it, and would also halt its efforts to help the Milk Pail. Grehl said that pleasing the referendum backers, who want housing added to the project, would mean delaying construction for two years so the staterequired environmental impact report can be modified to study See SAN ANTONIO, page 11 Fight and flight: the new approach to school shooters SCHOOL DISTRICT INCLUDES NEW OPTIONS IF THERE IS GUNFIRE ON CAMPUS By Kevin Forestieri A fter the school shooting at Sandy Hook, as many as 74 school shooting incidents have occurred in the United States, most recently in Seattle and Oregon. With the spike in shootings, local school districts are looking at new ways to prepare and react if there is an INSIDE active shooter on campus. A few weeks ago, Mountain View Whisman School District board members unanimously approved a newly revised emergency response policy if there is a shooter on campus. According to Kathi Lilga, executive assistant to the superintendent, the new response goes well beyond the traditional “lock- down” strategy, and suggests teachers and students find ways to flee the campus or, at worst, defend themselves against an attacker. In a presentation to the board titled “Run Hide Defend,” Lilga explained that based on recent school shootings, students taking shelter in a lockdown had a lower rate of survival than VIEWPOINT 15 | GOINGS ON 22 | MARKETPLACE 24 | REAL ESTATE 26 people who assessed the situation and decided between evacuation, lockdown and defensive measures. Lilga said the Sandy Hook shooting was a prime example: the students did everything “right” in a lockdown-only response and it was one of the deadliest shootings in U.S. history, with 20 students and 6 staff members killed. So what should teachers and students do instead? In the revised plan is a simple flow chart. The first option is to attempt a safe evacuation. If the shooter is far away or the sound of gunshots is distant, students and staff are advised to lead stuSee LOCKDOWN, page 13

Mountain View Voice June 20, 2014

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