CIT Y COUNCIL R AC E
OCTOBER 12, 2012 VOLUME 20, NO. 39
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Cancer spike found near Superfund site RESIDENT SUSPECTS VAPORS FROM TCE CHEMICAL COULD BE TO BLAME By Daniel DeBolt
used TCE as a solvent during manufacturing in the 1960s and study released Monday 1970s. finds a historical increase “This whole thing has been in cancer among residents such a friggin’ battle, to get of northeastern Mountain View, homes tested, to get knowledge where a large plume of TCE out into the community,” Horhas contaminated the soil and ton said. “Here is another piece groundwater for decades. of knowledge that should have Between 1996 and 2005 the been out there.” report finds nearly twice the Horton says that when her normal rate of non-Hodgkin son was suffering from health lymphoma, a form of cancer that problems she attributes to TCE, starts in the body’s lymphatic the report would have come in system and quickly handy when talking spreads. The Greatto his doctor, who er Bay Area Cancer ‘It’s important said, “Oh, don’t worRegistry studied an ry about it,” referring area east of Shoreline for people not to his TCE exposure. Boulevard and mostArmed with ly north of Central to panic.’ such a report, “a docExpressway, compartor would put more LENNY SIEGEL ing rates of TCE-recredence in a parent lated cancers to that concerned about a of average rates in child’s health,” HorSanta Clara, Santa Cruz, San ton said. Until the report came Benito and Monterey counties. out, “We never had something The registry found 31 cases of to add to any credibility about non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, but living in a neighborhood with expected only 17. health risks.” Rates of kidney and liver canAccording to a December 2009 cer were examined as well, but no EPA report, “TCE is carcinogenic “statistically significant” eleva- to humans by all routes of expotion in rates was found for those sure,” and human health effects cancers. include kidney and liver cancer, The study was done at the lymphoma and various other request of Whisman Road reproductive, developmental and resident Jane Horton. She lives in neurological effects. one of two homes near the plume Horton recalls that a device which have shown elevated lev- called an air stripper was used in els of TCE vapors in indoor air. the area to clean up the TCE until Airborne vapors are the biggest 2003, pumping groundwater to danger for local residents, as the the surface so the TCE could contaminated groundwater is evaporate. The Voice reported not used for drinking. neighborhood concerns about a The plume is bordered by cluster of people living near the Whisman, Ellis and Middlefield air stripper who suffered from roads, known as MEW, and was Parkinson’s disease and brain left behind by early computer tumors. According to a cancompanies, including Intel and See CANCER SPIKE, page 12 Fairchild Semiconductor, which
A FIERY DRILL
Firefighters at NASA Ames practice techniques for putting out an aircraft fire during a dramatic threeday training on Oct. 4. The training plane, complete with propane-fueled flames, came from Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, Mich. More photos of the special training session are on page 16.
Football under the lights for MVHS NEIGHBORS FEAR NIGHT GAME COULD SPELL TROUBLE By Nick Veronin
xcitement and frustration were in the air Monday night, as the school board voted to allow Mountain View High School students to hold
their Oct. 26 home game against Homestead High School at night under temporary lights. The students were elated, while neighbors took a darker view. Trustees of Mountain ViewLos Altos high school district
made their decision Oct. 8 in front a near-capacity crowd gathered inside the Alta Vista High School multipurpose room. The board meeting was moved See FOOTBALL LIGHTS, page 9
Google, others look to fix Shoreline traffic woes By Daniel DeBolt
n a series of invitation-only meetings, proposals are being discussed for fixing traffic problems in and out of the North Bayshore office district, home to Google and Shoreline Amphitheatre. After attending the Oct. 4 meeting organized by Sustainable Silicon Valley, Mayor Mike Kasperzak says that developers and tech companies are drafting plans for a traffic management
agency which may pay people to leave their cars at home, charge for parking and provide transit passes. It is a model used by Stanford, which has capped car traffic at 1989 levels despite expansive growth. “A transit management agency, sort of like what they’ve done at Stanford, I think will happen,” Kasperzak said. “They are creating a charter for the Transit Management Agency. I think the business community is anticipat-
ing that.” Kasperzak recalled a presenter at the meeting who said, “Free parking is like free pizza. If pizza were free, would there ever be enough pizza?” Potentially adding thousands more cars to an already congested Shoreline Boulevard and Charleston Road, Google, Intuit and other tech companies are planning new office buildings See SHORELINE TRAFFIC, page 17
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