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Four running for three seats in school board race By Nick Veronin
he Mountain View Whisman School District is poised to hold its first contested election since 2004, with four contenders for three open seats on the district’s board of trustees this November. The candidates are Peter Darrah, Bill Lambert, Steve Nelson and Jim Pollart. All three incumbents — Fiona Walter, Ed Baily and Steve Olson — decided not to seek re-election.
Connor Sato, left, and Tyler Sato hold bowls with paper lotus leaves in the Ochigo procession at the Mountain View Buddhist Temple on Sept. 29.
MV Buddhist Temple celebrates 50 years By Daniel DeBolt
hat began during the Depression as a small service for Japanese farm workers conducted inside people’s homes celebrated 50 years as the Mountain View Buddhist Temple last weekend. “The farmers helped build the temple to what it is today,” said Richard Endo, four-time
president of the 500-member temple. “We should be grateful to our pioneers that have made the temple what it is today. We are very fortunate.” Honoring the past of the temple at 575 North Shoreline Boulevard as it looks to grow in the future was the theme of the event over the weekend, Endo said. The temple was first imagined
when local Japanese-Americans returned from World War II internment camps in 1945 and found that the temple’s former location in the Mockbee building at Dana and View streets — near where a large Japanese business community had also been — was no longer available. Over $38,000 was raised and See BUDDHIST TEMPLE, page 4
Housing a hot topic for candidates By Daniel DeBolt
n a Whisman neighborhood forum Monday night, City Council candidates had differing views on how to tackle what they all agreed is an affordable housing problem in Mountain View. “I don’t really understand the logic of subsidized housing in a popular place like this,” said
resident Greg Coladonato when he asked the candidates for their views on the city’s below market rate housing program, which requires developers pay into a fund to subsidize affordable housing projects or to make portions of their projects affordable for lower income residents. “I am unabashedly in favor of BMR housing programs,” said
incumbent Mayor Mike Kasperzak. “One of the things people really like about this community is diversity, and we are becoming a community where people cannot afford to live. I actually got a call earlier this year from a Googler who was being priced out of their apartment. I don’t See HOUSING, page 8
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Peter Darrah Peter Darrah, a decade-long Mountain View resident, is the father of two children and husband to Landels Elementary kindergarten teacher Amy Darrah. He said he enjoys running, cycling, ultimate Frisbee, and, above all, spending time with his family. The computer engineer lives in the Old Mountain View neighborhood just off Castro Street — where he and his family enjoy spending time. “We love the community and all the restaurants,” Darrah. He holds two bachelor’s degrees — one in Latin American studies from Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., and one in computer engineering from the University of the Pacific in Stockton. Before moving to Mountain View as a “high-tech immigrant,” he started a small business making custom wooden kayak paddles in Costa Rica. “The main reason I’m running is for the kids,” Darrah said. “My kids are super important to me. Our children’s education is critical for all of our futures.” He has been involved with the district for many years — working on a MVWSD task force, serving on the board of the Mountain View Education Foundation and volunteering at Landels. Besides his service to the dis-
trict, Darrah said his role as manager at Advanced Microdevices should convince voters of his professionalism and ability to tackle big projects. He said the time he spent in Costa Rica, his degree in Latin American studies and his ability to speak fluent Spanish will be assets in a district with such a large Hispanic population.
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“I think I understand better than most (non-Hispanic) people what the issues facing that community are,” he said. The efforts being made at Castro to involve parents, families and the community in the education process is a great first step in boosting academic performance in local Hispanic communities, he said. “It takes a whole community to educate a child.” He said his wife being a teacher in a district school is not a conflict of interest. “I can vote on the teacher contract, because my wife is covered by collective bargaining,” he wrote on his campaign website. “Her salary is set along with all the other 250 teachers in the district. It’s based solely on years of service and education. No board member, superintendent, or principal can affect her salary apart from the rest of the teachers.” In fact, Darrah said, having his wife teaching in the district is an asset. “It gives me a lot of See SCHOOL BOARD, page 6
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icycle advocates are buzzing about new Census data which shows that bicycling to work is on the rise in Mountain View — so much so that it is now just about equal to that of Portland, Ore., the self-proclaimed “bike capital” of America. In 2011, the percentage of commuters using bikes in Mountain View jumped from 4.1 percent to 6.2 percent, according to the American Community Survey, a product of the U.S. Census Bureau. That is just shy of Portland’s 6.3 percent. “That’s pretty incredible, considering we haven’t upgraded our bike network in a while,” said resident Jarrett Mullen. “Imagine how high we could go if the city revamped the city-wide network.” Mullen acknowledged the impact of the city’s creekside trails in promoting bike use, but is also pushing for safer streets for bicyclists and pedestrians elsewhere, especially in the Rengstorff Park area. “It does seem like a rather big jump from the 4.1 percent in 2010, or the 3.3 percent for 2008-10,” said bike advocate Andrew Boone of Mountain View’s numbers. “But the data for Palo Awlto show the same trend — a rapid increase in bicycling to work over the past few years. Sunnyvale shows an increase as well, though less impressive.” In 2011, Palo Alto also saw big gains, going from 8.6 percent to 10.1 percent and passing Boulder, Colo. (9.6 percent) to become the No. 2 bike city in the country. Davis, the Central Valley college town, still tops the charts for cities, with 16.6 percent. Stanford is at a whopping 40 percent, though it is considered a “census designated place,” and not a city. The number of people biking to work in Mountain View has steadily increased since 2005, when the number was at 2.8 percent. What is causing the increase? “I suspect that safety education and encouragement programs at Stanford University, the Palo Alto Unified School District, Google, and the businesses in the Moffett Business Park in Sunnyvale are driving these increases at least as much as improved infrastructure,” Boone said.
n hopes of making their streets safer, residents of the Shoreline West neighborhood are taking action in response to pedestrian fatalities this year on Califronia Street and Shoreline Boulevard. A meeting is set for October 15 to allow people to share their concerns and experiences with walking and biking in the area west of Shoreline Boulevard and around California Street. Police and public works officials are expected to attend. “The William Ware incident has sort of galvanized our community,” said Tracy Chu, a Shoreline West neighborhood resident. Ware was hit by a speeding car while standing at a bus stop on California Street at Escuela Avenue on the morning of June 21. “There’s lot of lively discussion about this” among neighbors online, she said. “There are people in the neighborhood who want to get involved.” Chu also pointed to two others pedestrian deaths: Joshua Baker was hit and killed on Sept. 15 while crossing California Street, 500 feet west of Shoreline Boulevard and on April 9, Erik Onorato was struck and killed while crossing Shoreline Boulevard just north of Wright Avenue. Chu says police are working on a request for more data on collisions involving pedestrians that have resulted in injury or death. The hope is that pinpointing dangerous locations could better prioritize traffic improvements to reduce deadly collisions. “Our goal is to consolidate a lot of these concerns and suggestions from the community and use it as starting point to engage the city and City Council,” Chu said. Residents hope to “bring focus to this issue and drive some improvements in risk reduction.” While a similar effort called the Rengstorff Great Streets Initiative has called for some specific measures, such as narrowing California Street from four lanes to three to slow traffic, Chu said the neighborhood is not ready to back any solutions in particular,
A COOL TREAT Kelsey Petersen, left, and Alina Legai battle the heat with ice cream. The two 16-year-olds, both students at Mountain View High School, found relief from the heat wave that struck the Bay Area earlier this week at the Baskin Robbins on El Camino. Temperatures in Mountain View got close to 100 degrees before the thermometer started to dip back toward normal on Wednesday.
Tensions high in PG&E pipeline meeting By Daniel DeBolt
esidents had heated exchanges with PG&E officials at a meeting Tuesday evening San Lucas Way over plans to strip their backyards over a major gas line. Residents said they fear for their safety in case of an explosion like the one in San Bruno in 2010 that killed eight people. “At first I was upset over trees,” said one of the neighbors. “Now I fear for my life.” PG&E officials tried to convince the residents that backyard tree roots, especially of older trees that have been allowed to grow for decades, posed an immediate threat to their safety. “When the wind blows that tree over and the roots are around that pipe, what do you think is going to happen?” said PG&E official Mike Falk. “It is not going to be pretty sight.” Residents expressed frustration with PG&E’s insistence that the pipeline not be relocated to Middlefield Road, requiring them to lose all their trees instead. Neighbors said they were not satisfied with PG&E assurances that the pipeline had been pressure tested and found
to be safe. The deadly San Bruno incident “changed everything,” said Eileen Telleria. It feels like PG&E is “budgeting our safety,” Telleria said. “If something were to happen when you are not inspecting it, we are dead. Then you will have to do something different.” “I get calls from people telling me they are losing sleep every night because of their fears,” said her husband, Beto Telleria. Since 1944, PG&E has had the 15-foot wide easement, which runs through 16 backyards near San Veron Park for a 24-inch diameter pipeline — line 132 — the same line that exploded in San Bruno. As part of renewed safety efforts, PG&E now says numerous older trees have to be removed from over the pipeline, trees which have provided shade and a sense of comfort for decades. “I just don’t want anybody walking out of here with the idea that the first thing we should do is remove the pipeline,” said Falk. “You said it was an option,” said one resident. “No one told us it was an option.” Easement debate The utility company wants the
easement to be clear to allow an aerial view for laser-equipped aircraft to inspect the pipeline, which now done monthly, Falk said. But neighbors say PG&E doesn’t have a right to an aerial view in their easement agreement because such technology didn’t exist in 1944. Instead they say it can be inspected on foot. Eileen Telleria claimed that the easement agreement actually did not mention trees. “We don’t agree we are violating the easement,” neighbor Dennis Goldwater said. “The easement makes it clear trees are allowed.” He said he would like to know how much money it could cost to relocate the gas line because “you are facing an expensive legal fight. Compensating us for the cost of changing our agreement will be enormous.” Same story At the meeting it was made clear that any structure, tree or piece of vegetation over 18 inches in height could pose a problem for the pipeline, which is buried several feet under their backyards. “We could show you pictures See PG&E, page 13
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insight into what happens inside the classroom,â€? he said â€” noting he gets perspective both from his children and his wife on programs such as EDI and Khan Academy. Darrah said he feels it is an â€œexciting timeâ€? for the district right now, explaining why he is choosing to run. â€œWe just passed Measure G and I think itâ€™s important that we use those funds wisely.â€? Even with the approval of the $198 million Measure G, Darrah understands that the district has been hit hard by cuts from above and could be hit again. In order to protect the district from decisions made in Sacramento and Washington, he said the district should do more to take advantage of local resources. Businesses such as Google have demonstrated their willingness to donate and lend a helping hand in other ways â€” through volunteers and donating hardware for example. Darrah said he would like to see the district continue to elicit help from the community. Peter Darrah Age: 44 Occupation: Computer Engineering Manager, AMD Education: B.A. Latin American Studies; Hampshire College; B.S. Engineering, University of the Pacific Neighborhood: Old Mountain View Website: www.darrah.org
Bill Lambert Bill Lambert has lived in Mountain View, near Monta Loma Elementary School for 10 years. He said he enjoys gardening, his cats, and shooting hoops. A former research scientist at Bell Labs, Lambert is now a patent attorney, specializing in helping Silicon Valley start-ups. Even though he loves his current job, Lambert said he remains a â€œscientist at heart.â€? As such, he is an advocate for increasing kidsâ€™ exposure to science, technology, engineering and math (often referred to as STEM). The younger and more frequently children are given the opportunity to engage in scientific activities, the better, he said. Lambert has become increasingly engaged with local politics and education issues since his 23-year-old daughter graduated from college and moved to New York City. â€œA part of me has always wanted to be a teacher,â€? he said, noting that he has volunteered with schools. For close to two years now, Lambert has attended nearly every district board meeting as a representative for the local chapter of the League of Women
Voters. In that time, Lambert has learned a great deal about the issues and said that it was only â€œnaturalâ€? that he run for a seat on the board. â€œI feel I can really bring a lot to the school district,â€? Lambert said. In his view, the Monta Loma neighborhood â€” and most communities north of Shoreline Boulevard â€” are underrepresented in city politics. And that includes the school district boards. â€œI really feel that I do have an obligation to run.â€? As a scientist living in an area of the city with a large Latino population, Lambert said he would like to see a push to get more Hispanic students interested and thriving in STEM subjects, with the aim of ultimately seeing a greater percentage finding work in high tech jobs. He acknowledged that cultural and language barriers will need to be overcome in order to achieve this goal. More afterschool programs could help, he said. So would reaching out to families and engaging parents and the community in neighborhoods like Monta Loma. â€œI think itâ€™s a really exciting timeâ€? in the district, Lambert said, noting the passage of Measure G and the introduction of new and varied educational techniques and technologies such as EDI and Khan Academy. â€œI would really like to be a part of that process.â€? In addition to his work with the League of Women Voters, Lambert is an active supporter of the Day Workerâ€™s Center and a graduate of the Leadership Mountain View program. Lambert said his involvement in the community is something voters should consider. â€œA (strong leader), in my opinion, doesnâ€™t have to be expert in any single thing, but has to have the right connections in the community to be able to leverage the expertise of those around you,â€? he said. â€œI have those connections. I have put in the time.â€? The Mountain View Whisman district has made â€œtremendous progressâ€? of late, Lambert said, indicating his support for the current district administration. â€œI think everybody recognizes that we can do so much more. ... Itâ€™s what we all want in the community â€” basically to make Mountain View a world-class public education system,â€? he said. Bill Lambert Age: 61 Occupation: Patent Attorney Education: B.A. Biochemistry, UC Berkeley; Ph.D Chemical Physics, Caltech; J.D. University of New Hampshire Neighborhood: Monta Loma www.elect-bill-lambert.com
Steven Nelson Steven Nelson, a father of three, has lived in Mountain View for 25 years. As a longtime science and math teacher with an interest in community politics and educational issues, Nelson said he is running for the board of trustees in order to help the district move from a â€œgoodâ€? educational organization to a â€œgreatâ€? one. As a young man, Nelson served for two years in the Peace Corps, where he taught middle schoollevel science in the West African country of Liberia. Upon returning to the U.S., he worked in high tech for about 17 years before earning his credential and taking up teaching. Now retired, Nelson spent the last seven years of his career working as a substitute teacher â€” a job that took him to every campus in the district. He has also taught in other schools outside the district. â€œIâ€™ve seen a lot of different teaching styles, and a lot of different districts,â€? Nelson said. â€œIt has given me a pretty broad perspective on what a high quality teacher looks like and the kinds of skills (high quality teachers) need to have.â€? Nelson frequently attends board meetings and addresses the board with concerns and suggestions. He has been planning to run for several months, as he said he is â€œsignificantlyâ€? less satisfied with the school district than he was two years ago. Nelson is concerned that the district is not as transparent as it should be. â€œGenerally, I think they have been using the minimal possible public input that they can get away with.â€? A lack of public input is particularly problematic, Nelson said, since the board of trustees has been so accepting of the recommendations handed down from district administrators. Nelson said he would like to see the school district operating more like the Mountain View City Council, which he regards highly. Nelson said the first step is to increase community outreach. â€œI think the school district hasnâ€™t been getting input from the whole community,â€? he said, echoing a concern he has raised repeatedly in interviews and at school board meetings. Nelson headed up a campaign in opposition to Measure G, the $198 million school bond, which won easily in June. Though Nelson said he would like to see local schools get more money for new facilities, he was concerned that the district did not gather sufficient community input and continually called for Continued on next page
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district officials to be more specific about how they planned to spend the money. Nelson said he thinks the Student Facilities Improvement Plan needs to be tightened up. The plan lists close to $500 million in projects that officials want to see completed, even though they will only have about $198 million to spend. If elected, Nelson said he would work to find out exactly how the community would like to see the bond money spent. Steven Nelson Age: 61 Occupation: Teacher/Retired Engineer Education: Secondary Teaching Credential: Science & Math, San Jose State; M.S. Scientific Instrumentation, UC Santa Barbara; B.A. Astronomy, UC Berkeley Neighborhood: Cuesta Park Website: sites.google.com/site/mvwsdchange/ home
Jim Pollart Jim Pollart and his wife have been Mountain View residents for about 15 years, and live in the Whisman Station neighborhood with their two daughters, one at Bubb Elementary and one at Mountain View High School. The vice president of land acquisition and forward planning at O’Brien Homes in Foster City, in his spare time Pollart has been involved with local school issues since his first daughter enrolled in kindergarten — working first with the Bubb PTA, then the school site council and on district-level issues. Pollart considered running for the school board in the last election, but ultimately decided against entering the race. “Now, it’s the right time,” Pollart said. “We’re going to have three new board members — a majority of the board members are going to be new, which means there will be a chance to take a step back and change things.” It’s not that Pollart envisions a massive overhaul of the district. “We have a good school district,” he said. “Our schools are high-performing schools, but
I’d like to see them continue to improve and maybe even accelerate the rate of improvement.” If elected, Pollart said he would step-up community outreach. “We have an incredible amount of resources here in our community that weren’t here 10 years ago,” he said. “One of the things I would like to see us do better as a district is engage the community. By that, I mean the residents, the businesses and every aspect of the community. ... If we can get more community involvement, we can harness those resources to benefit our kids in all kinds of ways.” Those resources, he said, aren’t just monetary. Mountain View is a technological hotbed, and Pollart would like to see the district tap into that. As the head of Share Shoreline, he led the effort to get the city to share revenue from the Shoreline tax district with the two local school districts. Pollart said he is uniquely placed to continue advocating for the district in future negotiations. He vowed to fight to extend the current agreement — which secured close to $14 million for local schools, and which is scheduled to lapse this year. “My goal will be to be a part of a negotiation with the city to extend that agreement and hopefully make it a permanent agreement,” he said. Working as a civil engineer and leading a wide range of development and construction projects over his career, Pollart said he will be an asset to the board when it comes to Measure G projects. “My background and technical experience will allow me to have a meaningful role in making sure that the nuts and bolts of that program are well executed — selecting the contractors, selecting the managers, etc.” Jim Pollart Age: 50 years old Occupation: Vice President, Irvine Company Education: B.S. Civil Engineering, Purdue University; MBA Wharton School of Business Neighborhood: Whisman Station Website: pollart4schools.com
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VICTOR W. KOTOWSKI SR. Victor W. Kotowski Sr., Mountain View resident, died Sept. 24 after battling skin cancer. He was 84. Victor was born on July 30, 1928 in Utica, NY, and he joined the United States Navy in his early twenties. While serving his country, he also boxed and played football. After leaving the Navy, he spent most of his adult life in Oregon and California. For the last 20 years, he lived in Mountain
View with his wife and longtime companion Ann, who preceded him in death in 2010. Victor is survived by his older brother Walt; his sons Jim and Vic; and grandchildren Genevieve, Jordyn, Jarrett, and Nick. A private service is planned with burial in the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, Ca. Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the American Cancer Society or Wounded Warrior Project.
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think we want a community where our Starbucks barista has to drive from Tracy to serve us coffee. We’re going to become a gated community.” Kasperzak mentioned the “housing impact fee” paid by commercial building development such as that of Google, a fee which some council members want to raise. “When Google brings in 10,000 employees that a creates demand for lower paid service workers,” Kasperzak said. “It’s a problem.”
Vice mayor and incumbent John Inks had the “opposite point of view,” he said, calling the programs Kasperzak supports “kind of a disaster” that only serves a small portion of those who need it. Housing development “doesn’t create a need for housing itself,” Inks said, but “you have single property owners and developers paying the whole fee” towards subsidizing affordable housing. “That’s because you can isolate them. If you went to the broader community and said, ‘Let’s all chip in,’ like we did with the recent parcel tax, they would say,
‘No way, let the other guy pay for it,’” said Inks. “I think it is appropriate maybe to have some sort of subsidized housing program,” Inks said. “But you have to have a broader tax base. Don’t just penalize individual developers and property owners.” Candidate Margaret Capriles said the city needs to take another look a the problem. “I think we have to step back and say, ‘What do we really cherish in Mountain View, what do we want it to be?’” Capriles said. “We need to seriously consider, do we all chip in? We do have a very consolidated plan to address
the lower income socioeconomic areas but as far as going for the middle class ... what kind of housing can somebody in the middle class afford and what can we do about it?” Speaking as the owner of Mountain View’s Basin Robbins, candidate and planning commissioner John McAlister expressed concern, and mentioned a developer’s recent claim that $800,000 row houses were “affordable.” “Baskin Robbins doesn’t pay great salaries,” he said. “Even my little store, it’s tough to get employees because they can’t live in Mountain View. I work a lot
STEVENS CREEK TRAIL ACCESS POINT IMPROVEMENTS NORTH OF EL CAMINO REAL The City of Mountain View will be constructing a new access point to the Stevens Creek Trail from the north side of El Camino Real on the east side of Stevens Creek. Construction is scheduled to begin January 2013 and to be completed by February 2013. The existing trail will remain open during construction, and signs and flag persons will be present for traffic control. Trail users are advised to take extra caution when approaching the construction site. Residents are invited to attend the Council Meeting on Tuesday, October 16, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. (or as soon thereafter as the item can be heard) where the City Council will review, comment, and consider approval of the project. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers, Second Floor, City Hall, at 500 Castro Street. If you would like more information about the project, or have questions or concerns, please contact Joy Houghton, Project Engineer of the Public Works Department, at (650)903-6311, or visit the City’s web site at www.mountainview.gov.
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with high school students, which is great because I give them their first job and they live with mom and dad. But I have huge turnover.” McAlister said he’d like for his shift leaders to at least be able to afford to pay rent in Mountain View. “I agree with John Inks, the developer should not be penalized,” McAlister said. As a “community, we should find a way to pay for it.” Candidate Chris Clark expressed support for the city’s current efforts, having served on a committee that helped distribute over $12 million in affordable housing funds to projects, including 51 affordable family homes under construction behind the Tied House and a smaller affordable project recently approved for the disabled. He noted that the city’s practices are not “out of whack” compared to neighboring cities. “I think what we are doing is on par with the rest of the area,” Clark said. “I’m pretty proud of what we’ve done, at least in the last couple years.” North Bayshore housing Inks was vocal about this opposition to the council’s recent vote against allowing zoning for over 1,000 homes for Google employees in North Bayshore, saying the discussion was “hijacked by discussions of feral cats and dormitories” and that the city should have at least studied it further. Capriles said she supported the rejection of housing because of its possible impact on Shoreline Park wildlife, which includes the rare burrowing owl, to which Kasperzak reminded everyone that the homes would not have been allowed inside Shoreline Park, but on Shoreline Boulevard south of Charleston Road. McAlister said he also voted no on the idea as a commissioner because North Bayshore is isolated from services, increasing the need for cars. He said small businesses would not be able to compete with all of Google’s free services and food for employees. “I voted yes because it was clearly the environmentally superior option,” said Chris Clark, whose views were similar to Kasperzak and others who said it would reduce car traffic and help create a livable neighborhood with new services, which he said Google wants to support with incentives for employees who use them. “I don’t think it’s something we are going to revisit anytime soon without a transportation solution” to better connect North Bayshore to the rest of the city, Clark said. V
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Announces Availability of Explanation of Signiﬁcant Differences for Jasco Chemical Company Superfund Site, Mountain View, California The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued an Explanation of Signiﬁcant Differences (ESD), which modiﬁes the cleanup approach at the Jasco Chemical Superfund site at 1710 Villa Street, Mountain View, CA. The original cleanup remedy is described in the September 30, 1992 Record of Decision (ROD). On September 13, 2002, EPA issued an ESD that modiﬁed three elements of the remedy selected in the ROD. The 2002 ESD modiﬁed the treatment method for groundwater and soil in the drainage swale area at the rear of the Jasco site as well as the deed restriction requirement. The deed restriction identiﬁed in the ROD was modiﬁed to reﬂect that groundwater at the site had been subsequently impacted by an off-site source of tetrachloroethene (PCE) contamination, which did not result from Jasco operations. A restriction was put in place to eliminate the potential for exposure to chemical vapors during any future construction activities at the site and ensure that the underlying groundwater would not be disturbed. The most recent ESD that EPA is announcing at this time is the ESD dated September 26, 2012, which clariﬁes the purpose of the deed restriction modiﬁed by the 2002 ESD. The deed restriction addresses the PCE plume originating from an off-site source, which is not part of the site. Cleanup goals were achieved for both soil and groundwater in 2002. From 2002-2006, no chemicals of concern other than PCE were present in groundwater above cleanup standards. Therefore, the 2012 ESD clariﬁes that the deed restriction is no longer a component of the remedy for the Jasco site, and the PCE plume has been referred to the State of California for further evaluation. The ESD and related documents are part of the site Administration Record, which is available for review at: Mountain View Public Library 585 Franklin St. Mountain View, CA 94041 (650) 903-6337
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tarting this month, El Camino Hospital staff will begin working extra hard to ensure Medicare patients take their prescription medications properly, make it to their followup appointments and remain healthy. Itâ€™s not that the Mountain View health care organization wasnâ€™t doing that before, but now it will be fined by Medicare every time one of its elderly patients is readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of being discharged. The new penalty, which went into effect on Oct. 1, is part of the Affordable Care Act and is meant to encourage hospitals and doctors to strive for quality care over the quantity of care. The Centers for Medicare Services has estimated that the hospital will not be penalized, said Cheryl Reinking, vice chief of clinical operations at ECH. The hospital â€œperforms statistically significantly above the national average for 30-day readmission rates,â€? Reinking said, explaining estimate. However, she added, readmissions canâ€™t always be prevented, so â€œweâ€™re not resting on our laurels. Even if the hospital is penal-
ized due to something beyond their control, Reinking said the rule is good, because it is forcing her and her colleagues to provide better care for patients. â€œThe government is pushing us to collaborate and coordinate care outside the walls of our hospital,â€? Reinking said. â€œWe should be doing that. Itâ€™s what our patients and our community members deserve.â€? In preparation, the hospital has created some new positions and begun building out technological infrastructure to help patients stay on top of their health. For starters, thanks to a $500,000 grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the hospital will be able to hire a number of new staff members, including a pharmacist dedicated to explaining medications to elderly patients in great detail. Before, patients would be given their list of medications by a nurse and told to pick them up at the pharmacy. Now, they will be able to go over possible drug interactions and ask questions about what time of day they ought to take their various pills. The hospital is also working on building a telemedicine network, which will allow elderly
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patients living in the six nearby skilled nursing facilities to have videoconferencing checkups. Eliminating the need for some in-person checkups will make it easier and more efficient for doctors and nurses to keep tabs on how a patient is doing and make sure they are taking their medication correctly. â€œItâ€™s just much better to be in the room with them virtually,â€? than over the phone, said Reinking, a registered nurse. â€œWe saw them last and we can pick up on subtle changes.â€? Reinking said she heard estimates that hospitals can expect to be docked an average of $125,000 in readmission fees in the first year of the new rule going into effect. She was not sure exactly what El Camino is expecting to have to pay. â€œWeâ€™re working very hard so that we donâ€™tâ€? have to pay, she said. V
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PRETTY IN PINK Mountain View firefighters will be wearing pink during October to be a part of â€œPassionately Pink for a Cure,â€? a nationwide program in support of breast cancer. Firefighters will be donning the pink shirts October 14-20 in order to raise awareness about breast cancer, support those battling the disease and to raise funds in support of the El Camino Hospital Womenâ€™s Health Foundation. â€œPassionately Pink for the Cureâ€? is a program adopted by numerous fire departments across the country, including Mountain View, and October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. City Council mem-
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that would really scare you of what weâ€™ve found in the last four months,â€? Falk said. â€œLiving, breathing vegetation emits acid into a water-filled soil. Thatâ€™s not good for bare steel.â€? One neighbor said a realtor â€œguaranteedâ€? that the known existence of the pipeline would mean a sharp drop in the price of her home, but PG&E officials said that wasnâ€™t the case. â€œWhy does a small group like us have to pay the ultimate price for our city?â€? said the neighbor, who didnâ€™t want to be named. â€œWhy canâ€™t you just ante up and get this thing out of our yards so we get to live the way our neighbors get to?â€? The meeting was called by public works director Mike Fuller as a way to make sure all the residents were told â€œthe same storyâ€? by PG&E. Goldwater claimed PG&E had been trying the â€œdivide and conquerâ€? approach in meeting with each household, while others claimed PG&E was â€œbullyingâ€? them by threatening to dig up the pipe and kill their trees, and â€œlyingâ€? to them about the cost of moving the pipeline, quoted to some as costing $1 million a foot. â€œReally? Do you think weâ€™re that stupid?â€? said one neighbor. Kenneth Hauck, a resident of a condo complex at 1963 Rock Street, also raised concerns about losing several smaller trees that screen his backyard because they sit over another gas pipeline, line 109. Falk said that line is set to be relocated next year. â€œIâ€™m still going to lose every tree in my backyard even though you are going to be taking the pipeline out,â€? Hauck said. Email Daniel DeBolt at email@example.com
bers will reportedly be sporting pink shirts at their October 16 meeting. Firefighters will be purchasing their own pink shirts and any one who wants to show their support in the fight against breast cancer can purchase the pink shirts. The shirts are available at these two locations: Police/Fire Administration Building, 1000 Villa St., Mon.Fri., 8-5 p.m.; and Fire Station 4, 229 N. Whisman Road, in the parking is behind the station, 8
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CITY WEBSITE SURVEY If youâ€™ve ever had trouble using the cityâ€™s website, now is the time to say something. A survey asking for opinions on the cityâ€™s website has been launched as part of a City Council goal this year to improve the cityâ€™s information technology. The survey asks what people
like about the site, what they would change, what features should be added and if certain things are hard to find. City officials say the end result will be a site with increased usability and a new look and feel. The survey can be found online at mountainview.gov or or email responses to mvweb@ mountainview.gov For more information, call Kimberley Thomas, assistant to the city manager, at 903-6301. â€”Daniel DeBolt
wife were told to lie on the floor, while the robbers rifled through the home, Thompson said. The couple called 911 shortly after the robbers had gone. Detectives do not believe the robbery was random, Thompson said. Anyone who may have seen something suspicious is encouraged to call the police department at 650-903-6395. All callers may remain anonymous.
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