In public city planning meetings, there are few issues as consistently contentious as traffic and parking, which will be the subject of the city's next Civility Roundtable on Wednesday, March 26.
The motto the "Civility Roundtable" a series of public roundtable discussions amongst key community members has been, "We can disagree, but we don't need to be disagreeable," says series organizer and council candidate Ken Rosenberg. It aims to be a demonstration of civil discourse rather than a lecture.
While the city's development patterns can be blamed for much of the city's traffic, the discussion isn't going to focus much on that, said city commissioner Lucas Ramirez, who is organizing the event. It is billed as a discussion of "the challenges residents face as the city implements its recently adopted General Plan, including bike/ped safety, parking availability, and transit accessibility."
Sitting around the table for this event will be Google's transportation manager Kevin Mathy, Jackson Park neighborhood advocate Karen Demello, Mountain View bike and pedestrian commissioner Josette Langevine, Friends of Caltrain founder Adina Levin, former Mountain View mayor Tom Means and former Santa Clara county supervisor Rod Diridon Sr.
Chris Block of the American Leadership forum of Silicon Valley will moderate.
A roundtable on development and housing will be the topic of another roundtable in October or November, Ramirez said.
The public is welcome to attend the event and will be invited to discuss the issue in break-out groups. It is set for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26, in the Mountain View Senior Center at 266 Escuela Avenue.