December 16, 2021

Pat’s Year End Wrap-Up

Happy Holidays! Tuesday night we had the last City Council meeting for the year.  I feel like a kid who has just gotten out of school for break. We don’t go back until January 11th. The first time the Council met in person this year was at the Tree Lighting on December 6th! ALL of the previous Council meetings were …

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November 24, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving & What’s Coming Up In December

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! I recently returned from a trip to Yosemite and am feeling rested and ready to go back to work. I’m grateful to be back on City Council representing you.  I’m also very grateful to all the voters and volunteers who helped me get here.  A big thanks to everyone who reaches out to share their thoughts on …

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September 8, 2021

Useful City Website Resources

Greetings Friends! I want to urge everyone to Vote “No” on the recall AND mail/return your ballot. We have all been mailed a ballot and there are only two questions on it.  Unlike a test, you do not have to answer all the questions on a ballot. You can vote “No” on the recall and leave the vote for a …

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August 3, 2021

Opportunities to weigh in on transit improvements

Dear Friends, For years I have talked about the perils of prosperity – too much traffic and not enough housing. I want to let you know about 3 transportation improvements and some opportunities to weigh in on them: The Charleston Ave. Transit Corridor Improvements to El Camino Real Closing off traffic to 3 blocks of Castro St in downtown Mountain …

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June 11, 2021

How Does Mountain View Spend Your Money and Other News

Dear Friends, The last public hearing for the 2021-22 budget was on Tuesday, June 8th and the vote to approve the budget will be June 22nd. You can review the budget and background reports here. The overall numbers are very similar to last year, but what is NEWS related to the budget is that this year we are looking at …

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April 21, 2021

Happy Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! What is Earth Day? The first one took place in 1970 to bring attention to the dreadful pollution in our water and air, promote environmental legislation and action. It quickly led to the passage of the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act which are cornerstones of our nation’s environmental protections. Since 1970, celebrating Earth Day …

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March 5, 2021

Three Important Council Meetings in March

Hi all,  My first two months of serving on City Council again have been full of briefings with most of the Cities’ departments. I’ve been so impressed by how City staff has flexed to meet community needs during the pandemic. Truly, that’s the story in each of our personal lives as well. We have all been challenged to continue as …

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February 4, 2021

Engage in Mountain View’s Strategic Planning

Friends, I want to tell you about the strategic planning process that the City is embarking on beginning this Saturday,  February 6th as part of the Council Retreat. The meeting starts at 8:30, but the item on strategic planning starts at about 11 a.m.  in conjunction with a City Council retreat. The process this time is fundamentally different from the …

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January 22, 2021

Introductory Update from Pat

Welcome to the first Councilmember Pat Showalter newsletter.  We expect to put these out about once a month with occasional ones on special topics.  We will also be putting some useful information and links on the webpage.  Suggestions are welcome. The Mountain View Community Center is opening for vaccines!  You can sign up at This is a collaboration …

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