Whether you are new to Mountain View, or you have lived here for years, whether you have your own business, or just want to be more involved in the community, there are certain people around town that you need to know. These are some of my favorite connections in Mountain View.
Ken Rosenberg is currently the Mayor of Mountain View. If you have questions or concerns about the city, he’s the perfect person to talk to. He just started year 3 of a 4 year term on city council. He holds coffee chats when anyone who wants to visit with him can show up at a local cafe. These 'Connect with Ken' gatherings are announced on his Facebook page or you can email him. firstname.lastname@example.org
Dawn Maher is Chief Evangelist and VP of Membership at the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce. It’s her job to connect people and businesses to each other. She’s really good at her job; that’s why she works where she does. She lives, works, eats, and plays in Mountain View. If you want to get more involved in the Chamber and/or the community, she’s someone you should meet. email@example.com When she's not at the Chamber, or in a downtown restaurant, you can find her on the Stevens Creek Trail, where she serves as a volunteer Trail Ambassador. Doesn't that sound like a fun volunteer position in our community? Here's more information about volunteer positions in our city, including the Trail Ambassador program.
Kim Copher is a Realtor in Mountain View and she’s also a re-location specialist. She knows our community inside out and can help you find whatever you might need. She’s the Chair of the Board at the Chamber. I’ve seen her working many Art & Wine Festivals, as an area captain and working in different wine or ticket booths, really wherever she was needed. Some of the places that she volunteers with are Leadership Mountain View, Silicon Valley Association of Realtors, the Old Mountain View Neighborhood Association, the city's Downtown Committee, Community Services Agency and the Chamber of Commerce. If you’re looking for a home in Mountain View, I would definitely recommend connecting with Kim.
Bruce Humphrey is the Executive Director of Leadership Mountain View. There is truly no better way to get to know our city than by going through the Leadership Mountain View program. Honestly, I think it should be required for all executives that work within the city limits. Bruce is the kind of person that people just want to be around. Not at all kidding, the women that I work with all hug him when he comes into the office. That’s how much fun he is to be around; we practically get in line to greet him. And, I heard that one of the restaurants downtown has a drink named after him. That says something. He’s a social-powerhouse and you should meet him.
Ask Mountain View is a special feature on the city website. If you have questions about anything related to the city, anything from your garbage collection day, to street sweeping, to how do you reserve tables at the park so you can have a family birthday party, it’s all there. Ask your questions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and someone will get back to you. I asked about a pothole and it was filled with 36 hours. “Ask Mountain View” is like having a best friend that works at the city and instantly connects you to the person with all the answers.
Your next door neighbors should be at the top of your list of people you need to meet. We’re all safer when we know who lives around us. Life moves rather quickly here in Mountain View, and people constantly come and go, and it’s a good idea to take the time to introduce yourself to the neighbors. It’s also easier to get them to let you into their backyard when one of your chickens flies over the fence. Trust me.
Tom Reavis is the general manager of Title Boxing Club in Mountain View. If you just moved to Mountain View, you certainly must be looking for a new gym to join, right? Title Boxing is the perfect place. You don’t have to be a boxer at all! And you don’t hit other people… just the bag. I had never punched a bag before I joined. I just tried it one day and now I love it. It doesn’t matter what kind of shape you’re in, since everyone goes as hard and as fast as they want. About 60% of the members are women and it’s a very friendly environment. Boxing is quickly becoming everyone’s favorite workout in Mountain View.
Bo Cheli is the Manager of Community Relations at Study.com. He's really important to our community because the company that he works for is giving away scholarships to anyone working or living in Mountain View and you can get a bachelors degree for almost no money. Have you heard about it? It's all over the news and media. NBC Bay Area did a feature story on their Bay Area Proud segment about it. Connect with Bo for all the details, firstname.lastname@example.org. It's life-changing to get your degree. It could lead to a better job, better salary and a better chance at being able to afford Mountain View. Study.com said that Mountain View has been good to them, so they want to give back to our community. The "Working Scholars" program is the first in the country and it's getting a ton of attention.
Alisa Barnhart is the owner of Allure Salon in downtown Mountain View. If you just moved here, you are definitely looking for a salon and I think this is the best one in town. They do everything from the latest trends, to makeup, mens cuts, eyelash extensions and microblading eyebrows. They also have a wonderful manicurist and esthetician. They’ve been in Mountain View for 13 years and are well connected and well respected. And one important point: I can honestly say that it is a drama-free salon.
Jimmy Leonard is the bartender at Eureka Restaurant on Castro street. It’s always a good idea to know a bartender. And this guy just happens to work at one of the coolest places in town. He’s there 5 nights a week. Be sure to stop by on a steal-the-glass night and you’ll get to take home a souvenir. Jimmy is 3rd generation Mountain View resident and he was born at El Camino hospital. Doesn't get any more local than this guy! The bar at Eureka is a fabulous place to people watch and soak in the Silicon Valley vibe. Just in case you’re wondering, my favorite drink there is a Holy Smokes. It tastes like a camp fire, all smokey and sweet.
And finally you need to know what the name of your neighborhood association is and follow your area on nextdoor.com. You need to be verified and you do that by signing up on their website. Go here to see the name of your specific neighborhood is. Sometimes the topics that people post about are absolutely ridiculous, and I find them quite entertaining, and other times my neighbors are sharing information that is really helpful to everyone. Either way, it gives you a really good idea about what people are like in the area, how incredibly kind and helpful most of them are, and you gain a true sense of community, even though you may never meet them in person.