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Rapid Response Network Trainings in January in Santa Clara County

The Rapid Response Network helps to protect our undocumented neighbors from ICE, by showing up to witness and document ICE raids as they occur. When evidence of ICE's unconstitutional tactics is collected, it can help overturn deportation cases. RRN volunteers also search neighborhoods following a raid report to see if ICE is still there, so that we can let people know when they can safely leave their houses again to go to work and school. If you live or work in Santa Clara County, please consider signing up to be a part of the Rapid Response Network.

Lots more volunteers are needed for this role around the county. The next trainings in Santa Clara County are on these dates:

Saturday, January 11th 10am-12pm at Sacred Heart Community Service, 1381 South First St., San Jose 95110.

SATURDAY, January 25, 10am-12pm at Casa de Clara, 318 N. 6th St., San Jose 95112.

Please sign up for these trainings by sending email to [email protected] - please give your name and email address and specify which training/s you wish to attend.


Court Seeks Candidates for Public Watchdog Agency

Recruitment begins for 2020-2021 Civil Grand Jury panel

SAN JOSÉ, California (January 2, 2020): Presiding Judge Deborah A. Ryan has announced that the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara, is seeking volunteers to serve on the 2020-2021 Civil Grand Jury.

The Civil Grand Jury, an arm of the Superior Court, is a part of the judicial branch of government. It serves as the county’s civil watchdog agency and may examine all aspects of county and city government, special districts, and school districts. It is authorized to inspect and audit books, records, and financial expenditures, to ensure accountability of public funds. The Grand Jury may also inspect jails and juvenile detention facilities.

Grand Jury service affords citizens the unique opportunity to contribute to the efficiency of local government and to play an integral part in ensuring that government officials are accountable to residents.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, United States citizens, and residents of Santa Clara County. Service on the Grand Jury does require a time commitment of an average of 25 hours per week, or as determined by the Grand Jury. Candidates must be willing to dedicate this year of service to keep careful watch over various aspects of County government, and the one-year term of the 2020-2021 panel will begin on June 18, 2020.

Persons interested in applying may obtain an application online at www.scscourt.org under “Civil Grand Jury”. Questions about informational events or about the Grand Jury may be directed to [email protected] or by contacting Britney Huelbig, Deputy Manager for the Civil Grand Jury, at 408-882-2721.

The deadline to submit applications is April 1, 2020.


Office of Women’s Policy Civic Engagement Mini-Grants – Round 2 now open!!

A second round for applications is open as of December 16, 2019 through February 28, 2020. As part of the commemoration of the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Women’s Suffrage movement, the Santa Clara County Office of Women’s Policy (OWP) will offer $75,000 in mini-grants to Santa Clara County residents who want to organize their communities to promote civic engagement and participatory democracy in honor of the legacy created by the women who fought for the 19th amendment.

These mini-grants are intended for community members and groups planning activities, events and/or projects promoting democracy as it relates to women’s suffrage and the continuing need for women, girls, and female-identified individuals to actively participate, support, and promote their inclusion in a democratic system. The amount of the mini-grants will range from $200 - $2,000 and will be disbursed to various groups, including individuals, schools, community organizations, and others, to ensure maximum impact as the funding will reach people who are not routinely engaged with County Governments and tend to be missed out when projects meant to foster civic engagement are undertaken.

Please share the application with all in your networks and community partnerships! Find the link to the application on the Office of Women’s Policy site page. The deadline to submit application is February 28, 2020. These applications are also available in Chinese, Hindi, Khmer, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese.

The outcome of the grant will be to allow residents to deliver the best possible ways to their communities to commemorate the centennial, to honor the legacy of the women who fought 99 years ago to crack open the door to equality, and to develop a collective path that will continue to provide equitable ways for women, girls, and gender expansive individuals identifying as women and girls ways to thrive in our County.

If there any questions, please contact the Office of Women's Policy (408-678-1400 / 2460 N. 1st Street, Suite 220 | San Jose, California 95131).


Anti-Displacement community meetings

Outreach meetings regarding the Displacement Response Strategy will be held this month to receive input. The public is welcome to attend these meetings.

Meeting #1: Developers
Tuesday, January 7, 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
500 Castro Street, Plaza Conference Room

Meeting #2: Landlords
Thursday, January 9, 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.
201 S. Rengstorff, Community Center, Maple Room

Meeting #3: Tenants
Monday, January 13, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
201 S. Rengstorff, Community Center, Redwood Hall

More information regarding the Displacement Response is available here.
To receive updates on the process, please sign up for the interest list here.


Holiday Collection Reminders

Recycle your holiday tree! Single-family homes with individual cart service may set out holiday trees on their compost day between December 26, 2019 and January 17, 2020. Multi-family homes with shared trash and recycling containers must pre-arrange a one-time free tree collection on their property. Property managers can set up collection with Recology at (650) 967-3034. Visit mountainview.gov/holidays for more information about holiday tree recycling.

There will be no trash, recycling, or compost collection services on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. If your regular collection day falls on or after the holiday, collection will be delayed by one day that week. Use the Collection Widget to check your holiday collection schedule.


Santa Clara County Community Plan to End Homelessness Community Meeting

Based on feedback from community members, service providers, people with lived experience of homelessness, businesses, and other stakeholders, a draft plan is now ready to be shared. Hear more about strategies, services, and resources included in the draft plan, and provide feedback for implementing the plan.

When: Monday, January 27th from 6:00pm-8:00pm
Where: Roosevelt Community Center (901 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose, CA 95116)
Please register here: https://scccommunitymeeting.eventbrite.com

If you are unable to attend the meeting, your feedback on the draft plan is still apprecieated. The plan will be posted publicly in January and a link will be shared ss soon as it is available.

Questions? Contact communityplansc[email protected] or 415-788-7961 ext: 305

This event is hosted by the Santa Clara County Continuum of Care, in partnership with the City of San José, the County of Santa Clara Office of Supportive Housing, Destination:Home, and other community stakeholders.


Oughta Be A Law... or Not

Entries are due Jan. 17

State Sen. Jerry Hill is calling for submissions for his 12th annual "Oughta Be a Law ... or Not" contest, which allows constituents to suggest ideas for new state legislation.

Entries may call for the creation of a new law or the repeal of an obsolete law to improve quality of life in San Mateo County, Santa Clara County and California overall.

The contest is open to all constituents of the 13th Senate District, which includes Atherton, Portola Valley, Menlo Park, Woodside, Redwood City, East Palo Alto, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Pacifica, Palo Alto, and parts of unincorporated San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

The senator typically chooses a standout bill idea and introduces legislation based on it. The person who suggested the bill will have the opportunity to testify in Sacramento at hearings on the legislation.

Laws resulting from constituents' ideas include Jojo's Act. The law, Senate Bill 223, allows parents to give their severely disabled children medicinal cannabis at K-12 public school campuses.

Completed entry forms may be emailed to [email protected], faxed to his district office at 650-212-3320, or mailed to the district office at 1528 South El Camino Real, Suite 303, San Mateo, CA 94402. Entries must be received by Jan. 17.


New State Legislation

The California state legislature has adopted several bills that went into effect on January 1, 2020. A nice summary of several new laws is available here.

Many of these laws are quite consequential, but particularly noteworthy are AB 1482 and SB 329. AB 1482 enacts a statewide rent cap (allowing annual rent increases no greater than 5% plus inflation) and prohibits landlords from evicting tenants without just cause. It is important to keep in mind that the state law allow cities to enact stronger renter protections. Renters in the City of Mountain View are protected by the Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Act (CSFRA), also known as Measure V. More information about CSFRA is available here.

SB 329 prohibits discrimination against tenants with housing vouchers.


Mountain View Green Building and Reach Codes FAQ

The City’s Community Development Department has created a new webpage to provide information regarding the recently adopted Reach Codes.

Information regarding the City’s Amended Green Building Codes (MVGBC) and Reach Code:


Cool Block

Mountain View residents! Something big is coming to a block near you!

Start 2020 off right with a fresh commitment to making your community and the planet a better place. The City of Mountain View is launching a NEW program for residents, and we’d love your participation. The Cool Block program focuses on three main themes: disaster preparation and resilience, sustainability, and community building.

If you’re interested in any of these topics, come to an information session to learn more about the program and how to get involved. Over about 5 months, Cool Block consists of 8 meetings with your neighbors to discuss a variety of topics, work on action steps together, ask questions, prepare for emergencies, and get to know your immediate neighbors.

Information Sessions
(tentative dates, subject to change)

  • Monday, January 13, 6:30-8pm
  • Wednesday, January 22, 6:30-8pm
  • Wednesday, January 29, 6:30-8pm

Learn more about Cool Block here, or email us. RSVP to a meeting here!


Rental Property Registration Interactive Workshop (Landlord Focused)

On January 16, 2020 at 6:30PM, the Mountain View’s Rent Stabilization Program will be holding a Landlord interactive community workshop on Rental Property Registration in a new location, the Mountain View Public Library, 2nd Floor Program Room.

Join Rent Stabilization Program staff for an interactive workshop to learn about the 2020 Rental Housing Fee and how to use the new online portal to register your CSFRA rental property.


El curso de CERT en Español

El curso de CERT en Español será ofrecido una vez más durante Los primeros tres sábados de marzo del 2020. Nuestro objetivo es que todos los graduados de las tres Academias sean también graduados del programa para preparación de Emergencias CERT. Felicidades a los que ya se graduaron de ambos programas. Si todavía no lo han tomado, el curso de CERT en Español será ofrecido una vez más durante Los primeros tres sábados de marzo del 2020.

Las inscripciones ya están abiertas y el cupo es limitado. Queremos darle prioridad a los graduados de la Academia y por eso estamos insistiendo en que se registren lo más pronto posible . Para más información ver el folleto adjunto o comunicarse con Nora Beltran al (650) 772-8835 o enviar un correo electrónico [email protected]


Caltrain Electification

In Summer 2018, Caltrain began performing work along the railroad corridor in Mountain View.

The activities during this time included locating underground utilities, testing soil conditions, inspecting signal/communication equipment, potholing, and pruning/removing trees in preparation for the installation and operation of the Overhead Contact System that will power electric trains.

Caltrain crews will be extending the existing set-out track approximately 500 feet in order to accommodate on-track equipment required for Caltrain Electrification. The current set-out track is between Farley Street and South Shoreline Boulevard in Mountain View. Construction will require a staging area for foundation installation, pole installation, construction material and pole delivery and storage as well as for loading and unloading of train cars. The loading and unloading of construction train cars and equipment will require the use of trucks, loading of construction trains and occasional use of backup alarms. Staging is expected to begin in October 2019 with construction occurring over a 8-12 month period.

Vehicles will enter the staging area off of Central Expressway at Farley Street. Egress will occur south of South Shoreline Boulevard back onto the Central Expressway.

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CONSTRUCTION AREA MAP


MVgo Carpool discount

A partnership between the Mountain View transit agency and Waze will offer $2 discounted Waze carpool rides. During a six-month pilot program, commuters working in and commuting to Mountain View may join the MVgo Carpool to receive a discounted, flat rate of $2 per carpool ride. In addition, new riders who sign up will get $20 credit, and new drivers will receive $20 cash once it's been verified that they've completed at least one ride and have met Waze Carpool's criteria.

Sign up through the Mountain View Transportation Management Association.