Council OKs study of rising sea level

On Tuesday, City Council members voted to study the rising sea level over northern Mountain View, budgeting $460,000 for the job.

Members voted 6-1 at the May 22 meeting, with council member Tom Means opposed. City Manager Dan Rich said the study would allow the city to move "expeditiously" in planning a response to major changes in sea level rather than waiting for more regional approaches to provide information.

The study is one of three Mountain View officials plan to conduct to figure out how much money the city can redirect to local schools from the Shoreline Fund. The other studies have already been approved and will examine the ongoing costs of transportation needs and landfill maintenance north of Highway 101.


Posted by Greg David, a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 23, 2012 at 10:23 am

Instead of squandering a half million dollars on another study, they should put that money in the bank. Then, in a hundred years it will have grown to enough to pay for dikes and pumps, just like in the Netherlands. Unless of course they squander the money on something else in the meantime.

Or let it flood. The googlers can travel from building to building in solar powered electric boats.

Posted by haoleboy, a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 23, 2012 at 1:20 pm

You've got to be kidding! Give it to MVWSD so they won't need their BS bond issue. Unfreakin' believable, what are these people smoking?

Posted by Steve, a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 23, 2012 at 2:27 pm

How do these clowns keep getting elected into office?

Posted by Otto Maddox, a resident of Monta Loma
on May 23, 2012 at 2:56 pm

OK.. if this isn't enough reason to vote out the 6 council members who voted for this, I don't know what is.

What will this study tell us? Nothing useful.. I promise that.

If/when the seas rise little old Mountain View isn't going to be able to do anything about it my itself.

So waiting for the "regional" study and response is exactly what has to happen. It will take a regional response to stop the seas from flooding the bay area.

What a waste of money.

Posted by Old Ben, a resident of Shoreline West
on May 23, 2012 at 4:41 pm

It isn't the sea level that Mountain View needs to worry about. It's the rising tide of red ink.

Observe to whom this money goes. This really smells foul.

Posted by Skeptical, a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 23, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Oh, boy this sure sounds like a waste of money. Surely there are less expensive ways to get this information if it is truly, urgently needed. I would be happy to check around myself. How about $10,000 for an interim investigation?

Posted by Political Insider, a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 23, 2012 at 5:19 pm

After watching the tape, was amazed how clueless some council members are on the projected sea level rise. You can tell which ones swallow the gloom and doom propaganda of environmental groups hook, line, and sinker.

The claims from these projections might be taken more seriously if land values adjusted. Maybe that's why FaceBook's stock price is falling?

Posted by vfree, a resident of Waverly Park
on May 23, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Next election if Dumb, Dumber, and Dumbest are on the ballot, we will have better choices than the incumbents. We should demand a Grfand Jury investigation into the awarding of this contract.

Posted by castromom, a resident of Castro City
on May 23, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Vote them out! Ok, not all of them, but most! Tom Means, John Inks and Laura Macias seem like the only ones to me who have any fiscal responsibility. Each election the council promises so much, saying we should vote for them. I don't wish to be unkind and say what I think of some of them, but if we don't get them out of office next election, its our own fault! I really am disappointed by a lot of the studies they deem necessary. Maybe if they paid for a spot in the paper and explain themselves, well, I might listen to what they have to say.

Posted by Steve, a resident of Sylvan Park
on May 24, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Yet another ludicrous spending plan dreamed up by city staff, and rubber stamped 'OK' by our spineless city council. Like Queen Elisabeth, our council is merely a figurehead.

Posted by Hardin, a resident of Cuesta Park
on May 25, 2012 at 8:26 am

"It has always been the prerogative of children and half-wits to point out that the emperor has no clothes. But the half-wit remains a half-wit, and the emperor remains an emperor."

—Neil Gaiman

Posted by Steve, a resident of Sylvan Park
on May 25, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Not ruling out the possibility of the emperor also being a half-wit.

Posted by Steven Nelson, a resident of Cuesta Park
on May 26, 2012 at 11:23 am

It is sad to see that this 'community revenue" is again diverted to a specialized part of the city. 99% of the general property taxes of Shoreline is diverted to this District. About 1/5 of the general property taxes that would go to education, and the County (senior citizens, public health etc.) is "shared" back. HOW GENEROUS! (NOT) Special assessment districts, like downtown parking, are usually used to protect property owner interests in special areas. Shoreline is one of the LAST REDEVELOPMENT DISTRICTS in the entire state. Last year, they borrowed $29 Million, against future general property taxes - to fund this type of study, and future building.
As Hardin likes to express, distortions in assessments (and spending) make property tax use in California very problematic. SCHOOL SUPPORTERS note: these studies will be used to justify why diverted general property taxes (which could be used for class size reduction etc.) "cannot" go to the schools (elementary, high school, community college).

Posted by Old Ben, a resident of Shoreline West
on May 28, 2012 at 9:17 am

Mountain View sits some 90 feet above sea level. Spending $460,000 to "study" the impact of rising sea levels on Mountain View is patently ridiculous.

Posted by pro, a resident of Blossom Valley
on May 29, 2012 at 12:18 pm

EXTREMELY poor judgement by council, funding this is almost like falling for a scam

Posted by Old Ben, a resident of Shoreline West
on May 30, 2012 at 8:51 am

"Almost"? Funding this is PERPETRATING a scam.

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