Do not approve Merlone Geier's Phase II Project without a feasible shared parking policy in place for the Milk Pail.
  • Petitioning Mountain View City Council

This petition will be delivered to:

Mountain View City Council
Mayor Clark
Councilmember Abe-Koga
Councilmember Bryant
Councilmember Inks
Vice-Mayor McAlister
Councilmember Kasperzak
Councilmember Siegel

Do not approve Merlone Geier's Phase II Project without a feasible shared parking policy in place for the Milk Pail.

    1. Serge Bonte
    2. Petition by

      Serge Bonte

      Mountain View, United States

We expect  the largest development project in the San Antonio Change Area to follow Mountain View's own General Plan 2030 !  (For details, see San Antonio Change Area ) 

1)  "A village center is typically a neighborhood shopping center with stores and services for local residents.  Village centers support diverse local businesses and services, are places to socialize, and may offer different goods and services for specific community needs. ".   

The Milk Pail is a wonderful example of the core of a village center. San Antonio's diverse community needs this  business.

2) LUD 21.1 Support a mix of commercial land uses serving the neighborhood and the region.

The Milk Pail is already a regional draw that already benefits the entire San Antonio Center. The council needs to actively support this longstanding local business that is threatened with closure due to the neighboring re-development plans.

3) "(In 2030), San Antonio Center, the core of the area is a regional and local draw with its housing and stores, services and restaurants. Walkable blocks and streets oriented to pedestrians are punctuated by plazas and the Hetch Hetchy right-of-way."

This balance of local and regional serving businesses is specified for the center itself.  

4) "Site use and building design well coordinated across parcels at the San Antonio Center."

The most obvious coordination is shared parking and easy access among all the businesses within the center, as is the case with all the other area regional shopping centers, such as Stanford Shopping Center and Santana Row.  Forcing patrons to drive from one merchant to another within the center makes no business sense and is contrary to the City's walkability goals. 

Any development in this area should stay true to the General Plan.  A regional center should have efficiently shared parking among its tenants. We therefore urge the Mountain View City Council to impose a continuation of the existing shared parking policy with the Milk Pail as a condition for approval of the Merlone-Geier Phase II Project.

Recent signatures


    1. re: MV City Council recent reversal on the San Antonio Precise Plan

      Serge Bonte
      Petition Organizer

      Last July, the MV City Council did not approve the "Village" Phase II. Instead it instructed developer and City planners to reduce the amount of planned office space first in Phase II, then in the San Antonio Precise Plan. These changes must not have been to the developer's liking because on October 7, the City Council did a complete reversal and essentially fixed the Precise Plan around the July plans for Phase II (including amount of office space in the project and reduced building setbacks).
      At this point, It is not clear when Phase II will come back for approval (possibly December). But there is a clear contrast between the planning flexibility exhibited in favor of the Phase II developer and the City's steady refusal to lift even one administrative finger to help the Milk Pail Market....for a handful of parking spots.
      You can contact the City council at
      Also please vote on November 4.!! (registration deadline Oct. 20

    2. Milk Pail Market saved....for a few hours

      Serge Bonte
      Petition Organizer

      These two Mountain View Voice articles provide a good summary of what happened at the Phase II public hearing on July 1st....

      Deal reached to save Milk Pail -

      and after that hearing.

      Milk Pail deal goes sour -

      Consider writing to the Mountain View City Council ( to register your disappointment, reiterate your support for this petition and ask the City of Mountain View to step in.

    3. 7/1/14@6:30PM - MV Council Final Phase II Public Hearing (please attend)

      Serge Bonte
      Petition Organizer

      On 07/1/14 @ 6:30PM, the Mountain View City Council will convene a special city council meeting and hold a public hearing on final approval of the Merlone Geier "Phase II" project.

      On 6/18/14, the Environmental Planning Commission (EPC) held a similar hearing and voted unanimously (7-0) to delay consideration of the project until after the San Antonio Precise Plan is completed. The EPC also asked for some language changes in the existing Precise Plan as well as a condition of approval that together could provide a shared and "park once" parking experience in the area and a workable parking solution for the Milk Pail Market.

      While the EPC recommendations are promising, there is no guarantee that the City Council will embrace any of them.

      It is therefore critical to attend the 7/1/14 public hearing and/or write to the Mountain View City Council ( to reiterate your support for this petition and to ask for disapproval (or delay) of this project until there is clear, understandable and verifiable language insuring a fair and common sense parking solution.

      Where: Council Chambers, City Hall, 500 Castro Street
      When: 07/01/14 @ 6:30pm
      Staff Report:

      PS: Should City Council approve this project, there will be a second hearing on 7/8/14.

    4. 5/28/14 @ 6:30pm - BPAC (Bike Pedestrian Advisory Commission) Study Session

      Serge Bonte
      Petition Organizer

      On 05.28.14 @6:30PM, MV's Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) will be reviewing the proposed biking and pedestrian elements to be included as part of the proposed Merlone Geier Phase II development.

      Consider attending to advocate for:
      - Increasing the number of places worth biking or walking to (local, diverse stores and services such as the Milk Pail Market).
      - shared parking (park once) in the San Antonio Center as a means to reduce internal car traffic, better separate cars from bikes/pedestrians and overall improve internal bike and pedestrian circulation.

      When: May 28, 2014 - 6:30PM

      Where: Plaza Conference Room, City Hall, 500 Castro Street


      Staff Report:

      If you can not attend, consider sending public comments to , and

    5. 5/21/14 EPC Meeting - Advocate for Shared Parking @ San Antonio Center

      Serge Bonte
      Petition Organizer

      Please consider attending the 5.21.14 Environment Planning Commission (EPC) Meeting 7:00PM @ CIty Hall -Council Chambers, 500 Castro Street.

      On the agenda, Study Session for the San Antonio Precise Plan; advocate for shared parking as a central guiding policy at the San Antonio Center and throughout the San Antonio Precise Plan.

      Agenda here

      San Antonio Precise Plan Staff Report here

    6. Reached 750 signatures
    7. 4/2/14 DRC Meeting - Advocate for Shared Parking @ San Antonio Center

      Serge Bonte
      Petition Organizer

      When: Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 1:00pm
      What: The Development Review Committee (DRC) will review the Phase II proposal.

      DRC's role is to "review proposed projects to determine whether they are in accordance with the General Plan, specific plans, the Zoning Ordinance, and other City Code requirements and will be compatible with the site and surrounding developments to ensure the orderly and harmonious growth of the City".

      Consider attending and sharing your views on how shared parking could greatly help our City's harmony.

      Full Agenda:

    8. 3/4/14 - Advocate for Shared Parking for the Milk Pail @ MV City Council St

      Serge Bonte
      Petition Organizer

      On Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 7:30 P.M., or as soon thereafter as possible, in the Council Chambers, Second Floor, City Hall, the Mountain View City Council will hold a study session regarding Merlone Geier Phase II.

      Study Session Memo:

      Please consider attending and also writing to the City Council ( to reiterate your support for Shared Parking throughout the San Antonio Center (including the Milk Pail Market).

      Since one of the topics of discussion will be "Place Making", let's also remind the Mountain View City Council that the Milk Pail Market has been an outstanding community "Place Maker" for the past 40 years.

    9. 2/4/14 MV Council Study Session - Unanimous Vote for a shared parking study

      Serge Bonte
      Petition Organizer

      At Tuesday (2/4/2014) study session, the Mountain View City Council followed EPC's lead and voted unanimously to direct Staff to study shared parking for the San Antonio Precise Plan.

      Please consider reaching out to City Council (email: ) to thank them for their vote and to share your hope that it will lead to common sense shared parking policies for the entire area (including already planned developments).

    10. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Marek Jeziorek MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA
      • 3 months ago

      I live within 5 minute walk from this grocery store. This is the closest grocery store for me. If this place cannot survive then I'll drive to Safeway, but I prefer walking.

    • George Vizvary PALO ALTO, CA
      • 3 months ago

      The development of the San Antonio shopping center is a regional issue so it is indeed fitting that one from Palo Alto comments.

      The first phase of dev. is sterile and unimaginative. Will you let go off the only local color now there?

      (this developer should not do any projects in our area; no community spirit)


      George Vizvary

    • Bill McFarland MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA
      • 3 months ago

      The Milk Pail is half as expensive as Safeway for the same produce items! Go shopping for yourself and you'll see. Please keep Milk Pail alive and vibrant. We need local character, otherwise Mt. View will become just another corporation.

    • Mikhail Sushchik CASTRO VALLEY, CA
      • 4 months ago

      I like Milk Pail Market. Businesses like this deserve a break.

    • Maria Venturini MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA
      • 5 months ago

      Retail space is dwindling in Mountain View. I used to ride my bike to San Antonio shopping center, and have a whole host of stores to do my shopping in. I don't need more restaurants and chain grocery stores, and certainly not more offices.


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