The City Council has adopted a goal confirming Mountain View’s commitment to diversity and inclusion – to “promote strategies to protect vulnerable populations and preserve the socioeconomic and cultural diversity of the community.” These are core values in our community, and we reflect these values in the work we do for residents every day.
This goal is also emblematic of our stand against actions or policies that could negatively impact the lives of our residents. That is why the City joins with local and regional partners to provide the solutions our community needs to feel safe, secure and welcomed. From City staff, to police officers, to business owners, to neighbors – we’re in this together.
In addition to local efforts, Mountain View is already aligning its efforts with regional policies and trends to secure cross jurisdiction support that broadens and strengthens our resources. For more information on this new Council goal, visit the main goals page.
Applications are available for Community for All grants of up to $10,000 each for eligible service agencies, community-based organizations and other groups to fund services for immigrant communities and mixed-status families in the City of Mountain View. The City has allocated up to $60,000 for the grants, which will be a one-time disbursement to promote a Community for All in Mountain View. The deadline for completed applications is September 19, 2018. For questions about the grant, please contact the City Manager's Office at (650) 903-6301 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Envisioning the Future through the Lens of Human Rights
Mountain View has been a Human Rights City since December 2016, and a new pilot program will use a human rights lens during the analysis of some upcoming City decisions. While Council and staff have always considered the impact of City programs, projects and policies on the people of Mountain View, this new pilot program allows a more focused look at the potential impact on social equity, small businesses and resident displacement.
Approved by City Council in April, the pilot program will look at upcoming City decisions related to the East Whisman Precise Plan, regulation of short-term rentals and the Vision Zero transportation policy as case studies. By creating this new analytical framework for assessing how City initiatives relate to the achievement of human rights in Mountain View, the pilot program could inform the way that the City approaches other initiatives as well.
Local Values Regarding Immigration Policy
On May 15, City Council authorized the City’s participation in an amicus curiae brief supporting the State of California in a lawsuit filed by the Federal government against the State. In this lawsuit, the U.S. Government is challenging State laws regarding immigration enforcement that the State contends are a valid constitutional exercise of local police power necessary to protect undocumented residents. Joining many other cities and counties in California, the intent of these friend-of-the-court briefs is to advise the court of the impact the court’s decision will have on our local agencies. The City previously signed on to participate in the amicus brief filed by the County of Santa Clara in which the County is seeking a nationwide injunction against a threat of the Federal government withholding funds from sanctuary jurisdictions. Visit www.MountainView.gov/CommunityForAll “Links to Resources” section for more information.
Spanish Language Ambassador Program and Leadership Academy
Recent graduates of the Spanish Language Leadership Academy are participating in a new ambassador program designed to help share important information with the community. The ambassadors engage peers through their native language to help City staff develop more effective ways to include community members whose first language is not English. To learn more about the program and the Spanish Language Leadership Academy, visit www.mountainview.gov/civico.
New Tool to Help Keep Immigrant Families Together
The County of Santa Clara launched the Rapid Response Network, a community-based project that protects immigrant families from federal deportation threats and provides moral and accompaniment support during and after immigration operations. The program also includes a 24/7 hotline that community members can call to report any immigration enforcement operations in the County and receive help quickly.
For more information or to attend a training for the Rapid Response Network in Santa Clara County, call (408) 278-2186 or visit www.pactsj.org/santa-clara-county-rapid-response-network/.
LGBTQ+ Listening Forum
The County of Santa Clara Office of LGBTQ Affairs and the City of Mountain View Human Relations Commission hosted an LGBTQ Listening Forum on January 27. Community members discussed issues affecting the LGBTQ community, the strengths and gaps of LGBTQ resources and services, and the ongoing work of the County Office of LGBTQ Affairs. The event was a critical step in shaping future initiatives to serve all of our neighbors. For a link to this and other Community for All resources, visit www.MountainView.gov/CommunityForAll.
Pride Flag Raised
On June 5, the rainbow flag was raised at City Hall in recognition of National Pride Month. A rainbow flag has been flown for the past two years and will now be flown yearly.
Links to Resources
Autism/Sensory Friendly Programs
Autism/Sensory Friendly Theatre at MVCPA in partnership with Peninsula Youth Theatre