Important meetings and announcements week of April 30th

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Bruce England

May 2, 2023, 4:45:55 PMMay 2
to SVBC Mountain View Team
  • Comment letters in development for this week:
    A comment letter on the Google North Bayshore Master Plan project is planned for this week, and verbal comments anticipated for some of the agenda items listed below as red text as applicable. If you have comments/suggestions for any of those, please share them by replying to this email and/or posting to the Mountain View Advocacy Slack workspace, especially the #active-transportation channel.
  • VTA/county BPAC update to the county-wide active transportation plan:
    From Brandon Whyte:
    I just wanted to share the opportunity to learn more about the County’s on-going update to their Active Transportation Plan.
    This is the detailed presentation given to the VTA/county BPAC on the update to the county-wide active transportation plan:
    The website with more information and the opportunity to submit feedback is:
  • Comment letter issued last week on City Council work plan development:
    MVCSP, GreenSpacesMV, SVBC MV comment on City Council work plan development to City of Mountain View City Council
    Shared in earlier notices. Let me know if you can't access it.
  • Can Mountain View move to the top of the SVBC Pledge to Ride list?:
    Ok, I'm not the biggest fan of competitions, but we're so close to the top, maybe we can get to number #1 here. If you can ride your bike at all between May 18th and 20th, please consider pledging to ride as a Mountain View person.

  • Please sign up for one or more time slots for Bike to Wherever Days (May 18–20):
    We now know where the Energizer Stations are going to be, and we're tracking volunteer signups specifically for Mountain View here. Add your name as a comment or in the table entries of interest. Or just let me know at
  • Tim Oey looking for people to help with bag stuffing for Bike to Wherever Days:
    Tim tells me he's still running short for volunteers. I assume this will be on the Saturday before May 18th. Let me or Tim know if you can help with this effort.
    You can also help before the big day to solicit local donations, organize materials, distribute posters, and to help advertise BTWD and your Energizer Station. Let me know if you can do this. For snacks and water giveaways, there is no separate funding we can tap into, so donations can be helpful at least for this.
  • Housing Element Update:
    The City submitted its adopted 2023-2031 Housing Element to the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) on April 26, 2023. HCD has up to 60 days to review the adopted Housing Element and to certify the document. The adopted Housing Element and a Response to HCD Comments matrix are available on the project website
    Please share this notification with others.
  • Create 3D rendering of Bicycle Infrastructure:
    From Ari Feinsmith (SVBC Sunnyvale team member)
    I just stumbled upon another even better software for simulating bike-friendly streets. It's called Beyond Typicals. It creates 3D renderings of streets and it is super powerful. You can show simulations of people riding in bike lanes and different elevations and customizations. Check out this video of its capabilities. It's a bit pricey, but you can still do a lot with a 1 month free trial.
Continued Notices
  • From Kavita Aiyar re Applications for LAMV Community Foundation Youth Philanthropy Program open:
    If you know a rising 10th or 11th grader who might be interested in being part of a cohort of students that learn about different aspects of philanthropy (meeting community/local govt leaders, conducting service projects, making grants, defining/driving a cause, etc.) together, please consider having them apply for Los Altos Mountain View Community Foundation's Youth Philanthropy Program (E3).
    Deadline is April 30th. Informational flyer attached.
  • Ask VTA: Bicycle & Pedestrian Programs:
    From VTA:
    We’re kicking off National Bike Month with an Ask VTA event about bicycle and pedestrian travel in Santa Clara County.
    Monday, May 1, 2023
    6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Online via Zoom:
    In this facilitated Q&A session, VTA transportation planners will be on hand to answer questions about bicycle superhighways, Complete Streets, Safe Routes to School programs, and other topics. So before you grab your helmet and bike to wherever, please join us to learn more about these projects and programs.
  • Volunteers requested re Bike bus from Los Altos Hills to Egan Junior High School:
    from Jill Woodford in Los Altos:
    I am working with Safe Routes to Downtown Los Altos. We are trying to schedule a bike bus from Los Altos Hills to Egan Junior HS on Wed., May 3rd to bring awareness to the dangers children face trying to  cross Foothill Expressway on the way to school. We are working with City and County Officials, as well as other local groups to push for safety improvements along the entire Foothill Corridor, but our primary focus is the Edith Intersection at this time.
    I am looking for a few adults to help the kids bike from Los Altos Hills to Egan which will take about 1-1.5 hours total. If you might be able to help out, I would love to be connected.
    Please contact Jill at
  • Feedback Wanted: City of Mountain View Launches Beta Website:
    If you'd like to see my comments on the site so far, go here.
  • The City still doesn't fully have a public-facing hybrid meeting process in place 😢:
    For example, the Parks and Recreation Commission, Public Safety Advisory Board, Senior Advisory Committee, and Youth Advisory Committee, and the DRC and Administrative Zoning hearings have not been doing this so far.
    If you care about this, please contact City Council to urge them to expedite the solution. Adequate public access is being compromised through this until it's fixed.
    Similarly, you can sign this petition to tell the county to reinstate virtual public comment.
    What the City is saying on delays to public-facing hybrid meetings:
    Thank you for your inquiry regarding hybrid public meetings. This email was forwarded to me for a response on behalf of the City Council. The Council is blind copied on this response.
    Meetings of the City Council and the Environmental Planning Commission are currently accessible in person, on Zoom, and on the City’s YouTube page. Additionally, meetings of the Rental Housing Committee will also be accessible in person or on Zoom beginning with the Committee’s next meeting on March 27. Members of the public who wish to participate in these meetings can choose between attending and commenting in person or via Zoom.
    The City is committed to community engagement, including enhanced access to public meetings, and recognizes the importance of remote participation options to our community. City staff is working on enabling remote public participation at Council subcommittee meetings and all other Council Advisory Body meetings. This includes upgrading meeting rooms, identifying and assigning additional staff members to attend advisory body meetings to manage the expanded tasks associated with supporting both in-person and remote meeting elements,  writing policies and procedures, and training staff to ensure consistent and effective meetings.
    Recent upgrades at City Hall will allow us to begin piloting remote public participation for in-person meetings next month with a small number of meeting bodies in which community members have expressed particular interest for a hybrid option. Staff is continuing work on upgrading meeting rooms throughout the City, though this work is taking longer than expected due to delayed receipt of equipment orders and a need to integrate the new technology with existing AV systems and room configurations.
    Staff will be testing the technology and building capacity to run meetings that support meaningful and organized participation for in-person and virtual attendees to pave the way for the increased adoption of remote participation through June and widespread adoption in Fall 2023, following the summer hiatus. This phased approach is intended to minimize technological errors, facilitate consistency between meeting bodies, and ensure sufficient staffing and staff training for effective hybrid public meetings.
  • Bernardo Undercrossing upcoming public meetings:
  • Reminder: There are designated MVCSP Projects you can comment on in many cases:
    Check the list of the project folders here. These reflect the list of projects included in every general meeting agenda file.
  • Want to talk (either one person or in groups)?
    If you have anything related to our team you'd like to talk with Bruce about, contact him anytime at, and we'll set up a call or video session. We can discuss anything, by the way, not just related to team matters. There's a lot going on, and I want to be there for you, whatever you need. Seriously
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