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Mountain View Planned Parenthood searching for new home

Health clinic's lease to expire in May, search for new location fruitless so far

The Planned Parenthood Mountain View Health Center soon could be losing its home at the corner of San Antonio Road and California Street. The health clinic's lease is set to expire in May, and might have to close its doors as soon as this year.

The loss of the lease is due to pending redevelopment in the larger San Antonio area, including the commercial building that houses Planned Parenthood and several other businesses. After May, the lease will be month-to-month until it's shut down and redeveloped, according to Linda Williams, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte.

Williams said the regional Planned Parenthood organization has been working hard to find a new place for years, but it's been a tough and fruitless endeavor so far. Potential properties on Moffett Boulevard and El Camino Real fell through, but city parking regulations for medical offices made both options infeasible.

"We've been looking for alternate property for some time, but that is very difficult to find in Mountain View," she said. "It can't just be any place, it has to have good foot traffic potential and good transit options."

Although best known for providing abortion services, Planned Parenthood provides a range of health care services including prenatal care, pregnancy tests, contraception, sexually transmitted disease testing, breast cancer screening and a slough of education programs. Abortion procedures make up about 3 percent of the total services provided by the national Planned Parenthood organization in 2014, according to the nonprofit's website.

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The Mountain View center also serves as a neighborhood clinic, offering primary care for men, women and families.

The Mountain View clinic first opened its doors in 1973, and serves more than 8,000 patients, with 14,000 visits each year. Most of the women are Santa Clara County residents, and many of them rely on affordable health services provided by the clinic. Only 24 percent of the patients are eligible for Medi-Cal, even though 70 percent of the clinic's patients earn less than 138 percent of the federal poverty limit, according to the county report. Without the Mountain View clinic, it's unlikely other nearby Planned Parenthood facilities could bear the brunt of a major influx of new patients.

"Given the large patient volume at this clinic, and the high demand for primary care and reproductive services, it is unlikely there is enough excess capacity in other area health centers to absorb those affected by the clinic’s closure," according to the county report.

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian said the Planned Parenthood clinic plays an integral role in providing health care to the North County. On top of the reproductive and women's health services, a total of 2,131 residents on the county's Valley Health Plan rely on the Mountain View facility for primary care. There is no county health clinic within the North County or West Valley regions of the county to pick up the slack, Simitian said.

"We've been pushing hard these last four years to expand health care options for North County residents with some success," Simitian said. "But this would be a real blow, not just to North County residents, but folks who work in Mountain view and the surrounding communities"

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In response to the potential closure, Simitian is suggesting that county staff step in and help Planned Parenthood Mar Monte to find a way to continue to operate in Mountain View. Options include finding a way to allow Planned Parenthood to remain at the existing site, and if that falls through, locating an alternative spot for the clinic to operate within the city. Given that the lease may expire in the next three months, the county may also have to find an interim solution to keep the doors open.

The potential of losing the Planned Parenthood facility in Mountain View couldn't have come at a worse time, Simitian said. There's a national effort underway by the new administration in Washington to defund Planned Parenthood as a national organization. Over the course of the election last year, President Donald Trump said he wanted to take away Planned Parenthood's funding and signaled that the landmark decision making abortion legal, Roe v. Wade, ought to be overturned. During his first few days in office, Trump re-instituted a policy blocking federal funding for international organizations that provide abortion services.

Following the election, Williams wrote in a letter that Planned Parenthood is under siege by all three branches of government, and that the nonprofit will face efforts to defund, discredit and destroy the nonprofit over the next four years. Although she admits that Planned Parenthood Mar Monte will face "relentless attacks" during the Trump administration, she said it will find a way to persevere.

"We have never deserted the people who trust us to serve them, and we won't desert them now. No matter how great the threat, our commitment to them has never wavered," Williams said in the letter.

If the Mountain View clinic closes, Planned Parenthood would lose its presence in the north county, forcing patients seeking its services to travel to either Redwood City or San Jose. Williams said she is confident that Santa Clara County will find a way to preserve Planned Parenthood's services in Mountain View, and has no intent of letting Washington slow them down.

"We are committed to Mountain View," she said. "Our services are there and available to them, and we have no plans to let Congress or any other body shut us down."

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Mountain View Planned Parenthood searching for new home

Health clinic's lease to expire in May, search for new location fruitless so far

by / Mountain View Voice

Uploaded: Fri, Feb 3, 2017, 4:49 pm

The Planned Parenthood Mountain View Health Center soon could be losing its home at the corner of San Antonio Road and California Street. The health clinic's lease is set to expire in May, and might have to close its doors as soon as this year.

The loss of the lease is due to pending redevelopment in the larger San Antonio area, including the commercial building that houses Planned Parenthood and several other businesses. After May, the lease will be month-to-month until it's shut down and redeveloped, according to Linda Williams, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte.

Williams said the regional Planned Parenthood organization has been working hard to find a new place for years, but it's been a tough and fruitless endeavor so far. Potential properties on Moffett Boulevard and El Camino Real fell through, but city parking regulations for medical offices made both options infeasible.

"We've been looking for alternate property for some time, but that is very difficult to find in Mountain View," she said. "It can't just be any place, it has to have good foot traffic potential and good transit options."

Although best known for providing abortion services, Planned Parenthood provides a range of health care services including prenatal care, pregnancy tests, contraception, sexually transmitted disease testing, breast cancer screening and a slough of education programs. Abortion procedures make up about 3 percent of the total services provided by the national Planned Parenthood organization in 2014, according to the nonprofit's website.

The Mountain View center also serves as a neighborhood clinic, offering primary care for men, women and families.

The Mountain View clinic first opened its doors in 1973, and serves more than 8,000 patients, with 14,000 visits each year. Most of the women are Santa Clara County residents, and many of them rely on affordable health services provided by the clinic. Only 24 percent of the patients are eligible for Medi-Cal, even though 70 percent of the clinic's patients earn less than 138 percent of the federal poverty limit, according to the county report. Without the Mountain View clinic, it's unlikely other nearby Planned Parenthood facilities could bear the brunt of a major influx of new patients.

"Given the large patient volume at this clinic, and the high demand for primary care and reproductive services, it is unlikely there is enough excess capacity in other area health centers to absorb those affected by the clinic’s closure," according to the county report.

Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian said the Planned Parenthood clinic plays an integral role in providing health care to the North County. On top of the reproductive and women's health services, a total of 2,131 residents on the county's Valley Health Plan rely on the Mountain View facility for primary care. There is no county health clinic within the North County or West Valley regions of the county to pick up the slack, Simitian said.

"We've been pushing hard these last four years to expand health care options for North County residents with some success," Simitian said. "But this would be a real blow, not just to North County residents, but folks who work in Mountain view and the surrounding communities"

In response to the potential closure, Simitian is suggesting that county staff step in and help Planned Parenthood Mar Monte to find a way to continue to operate in Mountain View. Options include finding a way to allow Planned Parenthood to remain at the existing site, and if that falls through, locating an alternative spot for the clinic to operate within the city. Given that the lease may expire in the next three months, the county may also have to find an interim solution to keep the doors open.

The potential of losing the Planned Parenthood facility in Mountain View couldn't have come at a worse time, Simitian said. There's a national effort underway by the new administration in Washington to defund Planned Parenthood as a national organization. Over the course of the election last year, President Donald Trump said he wanted to take away Planned Parenthood's funding and signaled that the landmark decision making abortion legal, Roe v. Wade, ought to be overturned. During his first few days in office, Trump re-instituted a policy blocking federal funding for international organizations that provide abortion services.

Following the election, Williams wrote in a letter that Planned Parenthood is under siege by all three branches of government, and that the nonprofit will face efforts to defund, discredit and destroy the nonprofit over the next four years. Although she admits that Planned Parenthood Mar Monte will face "relentless attacks" during the Trump administration, she said it will find a way to persevere.

"We have never deserted the people who trust us to serve them, and we won't desert them now. No matter how great the threat, our commitment to them has never wavered," Williams said in the letter.

If the Mountain View clinic closes, Planned Parenthood would lose its presence in the north county, forcing patients seeking its services to travel to either Redwood City or San Jose. Williams said she is confident that Santa Clara County will find a way to preserve Planned Parenthood's services in Mountain View, and has no intent of letting Washington slow them down.

"We are committed to Mountain View," she said. "Our services are there and available to them, and we have no plans to let Congress or any other body shut us down."

Comments

Resident
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 4, 2017 at 8:36 am
Resident, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 4, 2017 at 8:36 am

I suspect they will be forced to move like many other businesses so that San Antonio can continue its metamorphosis!


Question
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 4, 2017 at 8:51 am
Question, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 4, 2017 at 8:51 am

This article is confusing - are there two clinics facing closure or just the one at San Antonio? Can the county buy property using any of the recently approved measures? It sure seems like this would be a good reason because of the affordable care. Taking this away also means grants for affordable housing will lose points for adjacency to services.


HUTCH 7.62
Portola Valley

on Feb 4, 2017 at 9:12 am
Name hidden, Portola Valley

on Feb 4, 2017 at 9:12 am

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Sarah1000
Los Altos
on Feb 4, 2017 at 7:54 pm
Sarah1000, Los Altos
on Feb 4, 2017 at 7:54 pm

To help Supervisor Simitian's efforts to find this Planned Parenthood site find a nearby location, please sign the petition @
Web Link Thank you!


B
College Terrace
on Feb 4, 2017 at 8:31 pm
B, College Terrace
on Feb 4, 2017 at 8:31 pm

All, or close to all, the worlds problems would be solved by a decrease in population.

In fact the eco-system will not survive if we dont reduce the population.

These are the facts.

And so Planned Parenthood is the most important organization of our time. Cherish it.

I give ot it


Over population problems
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 19, 2017 at 11:46 pm
Over population problems, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 19, 2017 at 11:46 pm

Yes, it is true. There is hardly any problem, local or international, that would not be eased if the population stopped increasing.

Population experts warned us but people happily breed without concern for the planet. Even little Palo Alto's traffic problems and school crowding result from over-population.
Fans celebrate famous people's fertility as though it was an accomplishment. Dumb and dumber.


Mary
Old Palo Alto
on Feb 20, 2017 at 11:46 am
Mary, Old Palo Alto
on Feb 20, 2017 at 11:46 am

The neoMalthusian commentary by "B" and "Over Population" betray an outdated view of population dynamics.Paul Erlich (of Stanford) lost this debate sometime around 1980.

In fact, many of the world's "problems" would be exacerbated by population declines. Most advanced countries and some poorer countries - notably China - are facing the prospect of huge social problems occasioned by population declines as there are not enough young productive workers to pay for the retirement benefits of older retiring workers. Even in the US, which isn't nearly as affected by this as Japan and some of the European countries faces this kind of problem with Social Security and Medicare.

In a functioning economy, people are assets, not liabilities. To suggest otherwise comes perilously close to the dangerous ideas of eugenicists (like Planned Parenthood's founder Margaret Sanger.)

You can be pro-choice without resorting to bad science and bad history in support of Planned Parenthood.


CrescentParkAnon.
Crescent Park
on Feb 20, 2017 at 10:16 pm
CrescentParkAnon., Crescent Park
on Feb 20, 2017 at 10:16 pm

-- In fact, many of the world's "problems" would be exacerbated by population declines.

Not real primary root cause problems. In terms of taking care of people, fixing broken
politics and implementing social and economic justice would solve those problems
pretty quick and fairly, and even if they did not,they are transient issues that will sunset
if we worked our a steady state population control society.

It is so peculiar to me that Republicans that want to make everything about economics
seem to care nothing for the issue of over-population, in fact they seem to secretly like
and encourage scads of desperate people so they can exploit them.

Bill Kristol said it the other day, paraphrasing, we need more immigrants because Americans
expect too much. We have got to work towards a responslbie existence on this planet
and not the multi-faceted myriad of ways we wage war on each other that destroys us
and the planet.


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