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There are many things required to maintain the unique character of our Unit. Of utmost importance is our Firecracker Tournament because it provides the financial backbone for our unit. Other pressing needs include Bridge Center facility management and photography/marketing skills for our revamped website which is under development.

The much-anticipated annual Larry Cohen seminar this past weekend was a huge success and a great learning experience for the attendees. A last-minute logistical glitch creating a Sunday parking problem was resolved by Unit 503 members’ generous response to an SOS email blast. The patience and cooperation of our seminar attendees was greatly appreciated!

Paul Davis for querying IFES about some strange vehicles that appeared in the parking lot. Learning that there was a huge event on Sunday (not on their calendar!), Paul’s timely reporting enabled us to come up with an effective plan of action. He also arranged for alternate parking on Sunday in case it was needed.

Josephine Ventura, Jennifer Shepherd and Jim Harris prepared delicious lunches for everyone. Josephine and Jennifer were there most of both days, either preparing or cleaning up. There were 100 people on Saturday and 60 on Sunday (fewer students than normal on Sunday due to Mother’s Day and a San Mateo unit game).

A special thanks to the over 20 people who volunteered on very short notice to be shuttle drivers Mother’s Day morning. Thank you to Ed Lechner, Donna Raynor, Brenda Hatton and David Puryear for stepping up and shuttling people in the morning and Marla Kravatz, for your help in the afternoon.

And to Larry Cohen, who couldn’t have been more gracious in the face of potential cancellation of the Sunday seminar – not to mention the loud band music he had to talk over during some of his seminar. People loved it – he’s the best! I understand Larry’s next West Coast jaunt will be in 2020.

In late October, the City of Mountain View conducted a public hearing to review the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) it granted to IFES last year. Among other things this CUP allows IFES to rent us the facility we use for our Bridge Center. The main purpose of this hearing was to deal with neighbors’ complaints of excessive noise from the IFES facility at various weekend events. Our Bridge Center does not contribute to this noise in any way. But the neighbors also complained that there was too much traffic and there were too many cars parked on Stierlin Rd.

Despite the fact that the CUP allows us to park on our side of Stierlin Road between our two driveways, the City Zoning Administrator, who has unilateral control over the CUP, was sympathetic to the neighbors and strongly recommended that it would be in our best interest to help our neighbors and eliminate our street parking.

Effective immediately, we have no practical alternative but to PROHIBIT ANY STREET PARKING and to ask all of our players to PARK ONLY IN OUR PARKING LOT. Failure to follow these instructions will likely result in the city putting a very restrictive limit on the number of players we can have at our games.

This would be a very painful outcome for all of us. We need all of our players to help us out with this. Please do your part and park in the parking lot and not on the street. The number of spaces in the lot, now nicely striped, will accommodate even our largest games. Please don’t forget that there are parking spots behind the Bridge Center as well. Also, we continue to encourage carpooling and public transit to lessen the traffic on Stierlin Rd. It’s Cold and Flu Season