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Op-ed: Chamber offers platform for City Council race

Candidate forum set for Wednesday at 6 p.m.

The November election is fast approaching, and Mountain View is primed to chart a course for its future. With three City Council seats open, it is essential that Mountain View residents are informed and get involved in the electoral process and advocate for the issues most important to us.

At the Chamber of Commerce Mountain View, we are keenly aware of the importance of the City Council race. We've spent the last several months tuning into the concerns and needs of our members and refining our position on key issues facing the Mountain View community. While we have yet to evaluate specific candidates and make endorsements (something we will do in the coming weeks), we think it is important to first define our policy priorities and what we are looking for in our future city leaders – and we strongly encourage others invested in Mountain View's future to do the same.

When it comes to the election of new City Council members, the Chamber of Commerce Mountain View is most interested in candidates who are eager to provide strong leadership and tackle the complex issues of growth, transportation, affordability, and economic development. Here are the Chamber's positions in each of these areas:

Growth

Mountain View is at the center of a rapidly growing and changing region and economy. Our geography places us in the position to be significantly impacted by this growth, whether or not we encourage commercial and residential development within Mountain View's borders. We believe that Mountain View should embrace its natural role as a hub for innovative thinking and solutions – proactively planning "smart" growth. Rather than allow the policy decisions of our neighboring communities to drive our fate, we believe that Mountain View must capitalize on the substantial benefits to be had from strategically accommodating the current demand for growth and development in our backyard.

Economic and workforce development

Mountain View is home to a wide variety of businesses: some have been part of our community for many years and others are very new, some that are among the largest companies in the world and others that employ just a handful of employees. The Chamber represents this full spectrum of businesses and supports policies that allow all of them to grow and thrive.

Affordability

We strongly value the diversity of our community and believe that proactive measures to maintain that diversity – in terms of both our population and our businesses – are needed. The growth of our local economy has led to skyrocketing costs for housing and commercial space in Mountain View. While we understand that demand is the driving force in this equation, it is incumbent upon Mountain View to address our constrained supply of housing and office/retail space to help alleviate this pressure.

Transportation

The livability and mobility of our community rely on providing real solutions to our rapidly increasing traffic problem. We are looking for our newly elected and existing city leaders to develop solutions that manage demand and capacity for parking downtown and support alternative modes of transportation including rapid transit, bicycling, walking, carpools, and ride-share programs.

As the Nov. 4 election nears, we look forward to learning how the views of the City Council candidates align with the values of our members. To help everyone in the community evaluate the candidates, the Chamber, in partnership with the League of Women Voters, is hosting a candidate forum on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 6 p.m. Please join us to see how the priorities of each candidate compare to your vision for the future of our city. Visit www.chambermv.org for event details and to RSVP.

Oscar Garcia is the president and CEO of the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce

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Posted by Liz
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 25, 2014 at 5:54 pm

Get rid of all these idiots that run this town.. I had to go pick up my daughter yesterday at the train station and it was a zoo, but the thing that made me upset was people standing in the parking lot drinking beer. What is up with that ? Why did the city council not put out a special ballot to see if the people who live in this city would be okay with having people park in the downtown area ? Once again it's all about the money!!


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Posted by concerned citizen
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 26, 2014 at 12:03 am

We can use all the candidate forums we can get, so this is welcome. We really need a clearer idea of candidates' positions and beliefs.

Although the Chamber of Commerce has not endorsed candidates yet, we have the Chamber's position statements in this Op-ed:

Growth: "We believe that Mountain View should embrace its natural role as a hub for innovative thinking and solutions – proactively planning "smart" growth...Mountain View must capitalize on the substantial benefits to be had from strategically accommodating the current demand for growth and development in our backyard."

comment - This statement makes me uncomfortable. "Smart"...what does that mean, anyway? Is their "smart growth" the same as mine?

Affordability: "it is incumbent upon Mountain View to address our constrained supply of housing and office/retail space to help alleviate this pressure."

comment - Uh-oh. I think I know where the Chamber is going with this. "Build baby build". Terrible idea. I hope I'm wrong, but...

Transportation: "We are looking for our newly elected and existing city leaders to develop solutions that manage demand and capacity for parking downtown and support alternative modes of transportation including rapid transit, bicycling, walking, carpools, and ride-share programs."

comment - Good. This sounds like the right idea to me - unless it means "road diets", toll roads, or otherwise attempting to social-engineer the traffic problem by making car ownership a miserable experience. Better public transit, and encouraging bicycling, walking, carpools, and ride-share programs are the right idea.

We'll see about those endorsements. So far, I like Lisa Matichak. She's smart, experienced (5 years on the EPC), and has a track record of standing up to developers. Her idea of "smart" growth is moderate growth, respecting neighborhoods, and lower density than developers have been getting lately. I'm looking for two more candidates who won't give us massive development and gridlock. I'll be paying attention to the forums, and hope you will, too.



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Posted by Lilly
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 26, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Chris Clark- City Council Mike Kasperzak (incumbent) – City Council John Inks (incumbent)- City Council John McAlister- City Council

These were the endorsements of the chamber of commerce for the 2012 city elections; all people that want to build, build, build, and gave us the jobs/housing imbalance we enjoy today !


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Posted by concerned citizen
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 26, 2014 at 2:15 pm

Thanks for that info, Lilly.

John McAlister isn't as much a culprit as the others, though. He's often voted for neighborhood interests, and is in favor of more ownership housing, rather than the rental units that are mostly being built. He's an incumbent, and will be staying. I'd hope that McAlister could be counted on to moderate the pace of development.

My guess is that the Chamber endorsed him because he runs a small business, and advocates for small business interests. Small businesses need help in the present development climate. It's the small businesses that make the city interesting, not the deep-pockets chains.


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Posted by @Liz
a resident of Gemello
on Aug 26, 2014 at 2:29 pm

"Why did the city council not put out a special ballot to see if the people who live in this city would be okay with having people park in the downtown area ?"

You are proposing that there should be a ballot measure to see if people are okay with allowing parking in the entire downtown area? You're presumption seems to be that it isn't so they should make the entire area no-parking and then ask voters for permission to open it back up. Is parking on private property allowed in your vision?


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Posted by Linda Curtis
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 26, 2014 at 4:08 pm

"Commerce" is apparently the key word for the Chamber of Commerce picks.

In addition to Lisa Matichak, vote for Mercedes Salem and Jim Neal and we'll dodge this mad dash for high speed over growth.

These three are for moderate development, thoughtfully done, that respect existing neighborhoods, find transportation solutions to support a regional housing approach, and make housing more attainable around here through keeping some of the older buildings that go for less $$$.


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Posted by Commerce member
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 26, 2014 at 4:40 pm

At this point only Ken Rosenberg has a sure endorsement of the chamber. After that it will depend on how well the other candidates can convince chamber members that they are really pro growth. The three listed by Linda Curtis are no growth except maybe Neal. Lisa Matichak and Margaret Caprillies have voted against every major development project. They vote their preferences rather than look at staff reports. Matichak does not play well with others. She made personal attacks against a former EPC member and shared them with several council members.


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Posted by semantics
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 26, 2014 at 6:56 pm

@Commerce member - Interesting that you think Rosenberg is a sure pick of the Chamber because he is "pro-growth." Also that you think being convincingly "pro-growth" will be the deciding factor in the Chamber's endorsements.

I'd like to offer some alternative choices of words for the last half of your post. You wrote,

"The three listed by Linda Curtis are no growth except maybe Neal." - For "no growth," substitute "for more careful development."

"Lisa Matichak and Margaret Caprillies have voted against every major development project." - Substitute, "Matichak and Capriles have often been unwilling to approve major development projects in exactly the form presented by developers and staff."

"They vote their preferences rather than look at staff reports." Substitute, "They have often examined staff reports critically, rather than simply trusting staff's presentation, and have sometimes voted contrary to staff's recommendations."

About the statement that Matichak "made personal attacks against a former EPC member and shared them with several council members" - if you are going to make that kind of accusation, you probably should give full details.


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Posted by PRIVATE EVENT
a resident of Castro City
on Aug 26, 2014 at 7:17 pm

The special interest group calling itself the Chamber of Commerce wants to pin down candidates early on in a private meeting to ensure that no candidate FOR REAL PEOPLE gets elected.


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Posted by Hidden meeting place
a resident of Gemello
on Aug 26, 2014 at 7:27 pm

Notice the propaganda piece from the Chamber does not reveal WHERE THE MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE. The public is not really invited at all.


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Posted by Mark
a resident of Waverly Park
on Aug 26, 2014 at 7:32 pm

A candidate who would attend a private meeting with the Chamber could be too dumb to be a Council Member.


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Posted by Commerce Member
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 26, 2014 at 7:51 pm

@semantics, the problem with your substitutions is that they are not as accurate as my statements are. They are watered down. Both EPC members have voted down projects even after the developer made specific changes based on their recommendations.

As to details of personal criticism, ask current members of council. They will tell you the details.


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Posted by Deep sigh
a resident of Rex Manor
on Aug 26, 2014 at 7:55 pm

@Linda. You have the right to vote for whomever you choose. But please recognize that MV Council members sit on agencies and boards representing this city. You are trying very hard to convince people that this iconoclastic candidate Neal will have broad appeal. He doesn't. His experience in MV is that he is a Council and EPC gadfly. By this token, why don't you encourage Don Letcher to run?

Mercedes Salem is a newcomer. The vast (and I do mean vast) majority of people vote for candidates with experience in the city that they wish to represent. What has Mercedes done in MV? Nothing. She has worked for Nancy Pelosi and two other congress members and does some volunteer work for Persian Americans. Commendable, yes. But not focused on the city she wishes to lead.

Lisa Matichak has real experience in MV. When there is a minority vote, she is in the minority. She will tell you about balanced or reasonable growth, but she really is a no-growther. Nothing wrong with that, really, except she being dishonest with the voters by not coming clean on that issue.

Margaret Capriles lost last time because she can't string a coherent thought together. She does NOT vote with Lisa on the EPC (sometimes, sure. but not always). If you want the "older woman" on council, Pat Showalter is much much better, as she is an environmental water engineer and can articulate her thoughts.

Greg Unangst is like Mercedes...an unknown entity on the MV scene, but his civic involvement is at least minimal.

Ellen is young and bright and wants to be a politician. She has a masters in Policy and Politics from Penn for heavens sake! She will take her MV council position and parlay that into higher office.

Rosenberg has been around doing things in MV. That will probably bode well for him.

Siegel is a community advocate. I don't know how that will translate into votes. He has a long record, but seems to have softened as he's aged. I remember a much more radical Lenny the last times he's run. It would seem he has the support of the Voice. Sometimes, that's the only endorsement a candidate needs to win election.


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Posted by Hatfield
a resident of Monta Loma
on Aug 26, 2014 at 8:48 pm

I like cowboys hats but would more likely vote for a white one. Neal should paint his hat WHITE.


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Posted by McCoy
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 26, 2014 at 10:46 pm

It's funny that Sigh says that Salem doesn't have enough experience and then criticizes Neal because he has too much! Neal has been very active in the community fundraising for the Dayworker's Center,trying to save the Milk Pail and Rose Market, speaking on the new parking restrictions, and attending community meetings on the North Bayshore Precise Plan, The San Antonio Center Precise Plan, and the El Camino Real Precise Plan and City Council and EPC meetings a lot of other things. Have you even bothered to talk to him? Maybe instead of bashing candidates, people should try talking to them first so they can get their facts straight.


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Posted by Deep sigh
a resident of Rex Manor
on Aug 26, 2014 at 11:36 pm

@McCoy,
"Bash"???

I don't think I bashed Neal. He's a nice guy (and yes, i have spoken to him). I just think there is a difference between attending meetings and running them. Of being an outsider and being the decision maker. His experience is being critical of those who spend hours and hours on behalf of the community. That is not to say he doesn't have a big heart or care deeply about the issues. If he wins a seat, he is one of seven. I don't think he will work well with others.

Tell me, why has he never actually joined a committee or commission or any other community organization? He is running on the fact that he goes to meetings! And why would a person who is not a "joiner" want to join arguably the most important committee of them all ... the city council?


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Posted by Commerce Member
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 27, 2014 at 7:53 am

@ deep sigh

Excellent summary of the candidates.


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Posted by McCoy
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 27, 2014 at 8:10 am

Sigh, if you had spoken to him as I have, then you would know that he has applied to be on the EPC. The Council chose to reappoint the people that were already there. He has been here for 8 years. How long does someone have to live here before they are not an "outsider" by your definition? Also, if you attended the Council meetings, you would see that there are points of agreement that he has with the members of the Council, but if there was nothing he disagreed with why would he be running? Why would any of them be running if the Council was perfect as you seem to think? What is wrong with someone being vocal in standing up for the Milk Pail, and preserving neighborhoods and quality of life?

You don't think that by attending all those meetings that he is spending "hours and hours on behalf of the community? I've seen him out in the community doing fundraisers for organizations based in Mt. View, handing out flyers to save the Milk Pail at community events, and participating in community forums. He does all this in addition to holding down a full time job and that's not enough for you?

As far as him not working well with others, how do you know that? Have you worked with him? IF so, maybe you can shed some light on what that was like for us. If not, then that is only your biased opinion.


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Posted by Deep sigh
a resident of Rex Manor
on Aug 27, 2014 at 8:55 am

@McCoy

With respect to how the EPC is chosen...I will completely agree with you. Margaret Capriles has no business being on it. She was selected, over other qualified applicants (maybe even Jim), because....what? Because she ran for council? Because she was a woman? Because the appointing council members had it in for other EPC candidates? I don't know...but it's a shame. I'd summarize the selection committee this way: they know EPC is a feather in someone's eligibility (for council) cap. Capriles ran last time on her YMCA and Leadership Mountain View experiences. Well, that and she's lived here for over 40 years and her daughter is a Palo Alto firefighter (I still don't see how that conspires to make her a good candidate).

The same probably goes for Ellen Kamai. If I had to guess both Capriles and Kamai are being selected for council consideration by Margaret Abe-Koga. And why not. Abe-Koga knew she'd be terming out and she wants women on the council to replace her so she selected Capriles and Kamei to be on EPC to bolster their credibility.

And like Capriles, Kamai needs bolstering. She's young and doesn't have a tremendous amount of MV based experience behind her. Take away EPC and you've got a family connection here (hence her "roots" theme) and that's about it. If I had to choose between the two, I'd pick Kamai because she's assertive and smart. But she's a bit too much like Sally Lieber for me.

Anyway, I'm glad you're advocating for Jim. He'll need the help. As for my "biased opinion"...isn't that what all opinions are?


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Posted by Sparty
a resident of another community
on Aug 27, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Sparty is a registered user.

On the subject of not well spoken... M.A.K. will go absolutely deer in headlights if you call her out on one of her pre-fab answers in regards to things like San Antonio redevelopment

I'm not sure if that says more about her or people who think they are being "active" in the community.

Showing up every meeting is not tantamount to being a community activist. Look at the folks at Richmond's city council meetings. And every city has a least 2 crazies that show up and have to speak at EVERY meeting.

Heck sometimes I envy the crazy ones, maybe they don't notice the saccharin Stepford smiles city council members give when they don't agree. At least the council members who don't care either way on a particular subject have the courtesy to stare at their computer screen or go through their paperwork.


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Posted by Tom
a resident of Monta Loma
on Aug 27, 2014 at 1:58 pm

Hey. Hate to break up the 2-party conversation. But what the heck are candidates thinking when they a private meeting with this special interest group? And why is the local League of Women Voters involved? The League previously held candidate nights at City Hall.


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Posted by DLG
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 27, 2014 at 2:31 pm

The 8/27/14 candidates forum is sponsored by both the MV Chamber of Commerce and the League of Women Voters of the Los Altos-Mountain VIew area. The event was created for the community, has been widely advertised, and all are invited. Please attend! Details can be found at Web Link.


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Posted by incognito
a resident of Waverly Park
on Aug 27, 2014 at 2:47 pm

Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 6 p.m. Please join us to see how the priorities of each candidate compare to your vision for the future of our city.

@Tom, you call this a private meeting?

the "tickets" are free through eventbrite and they switched to a larger venue to accommodate a bigger audience.

am I correct in assuming that the other upcoming candidate forums, that are sponsored by various groups and neighborhoods, can be attended by anyone in MV?


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Posted by Konrad M. Sosnw
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 27, 2014 at 3:58 pm

I hope that Daniel DeBolt and the Mountain View Voice report all nine (9) of the candidates positions on our major issues: housing, traffic and quality of life. This is a nine (9) candidate forum and should be reported as such, not as the coronation of Lenny Siegel.

Lisa Matachik has a great alternative to building in North Bayshore.
We need more housing in Mountain View. However, there is a better location than North Bayshore. East Whisman has public transportation - Light Rail, and car access from 237. Middlefield Road, 101, and Central expressway. Also, East Whisman does not have the environmental concerns that North Bayshore does.
Let's replace the aging tilt up R&D buildings in East Whisman with modern housing!


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Posted by SomeonesMissing
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 27, 2014 at 4:45 pm

Why didn't Alicia Crank run for council?


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Posted by Rene
a resident of Monta Loma
on Aug 27, 2014 at 5:45 pm

Why do the posters from the Chamber of Commence still NOT DISCLOSE THE LOCATION OF THE MEETING? Maybe the location appears on the ticket the Chamber requires be bought online. Is this a controlled election - controlled by business interests? Sure, that is a.rhetorical question.


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Posted by Not missing
a resident of Castro City
on Aug 27, 2014 at 6:51 pm

@ SomeonesMissing,

Why didn't Alicia Crank run for council?

She doesn't want to be a three time loser


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Posted by Not a fan
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Aug 27, 2014 at 9:58 pm

@ Konrad M. Sosnw

"Lisa Matachik has a great alternative to building in North Bayshore.
We need more housing in Mountain View. However, there is a better location than North Bayshore. East Whisman has ....
Let's replace the aging tilt up R&D buildings in East Whisman with modern housing! ,"

The only problem Konrad is that she has opposed housing in her area and the whisman area and also commercial development across the street.


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Posted by McCoy
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 28, 2014 at 7:57 am

Maybe Alicia Crank isn't running because Mountain View has never had an African-American Council member. Just look at how Neal is being treated! I guess he must be "crazy" to put in all the time and effort that he does without getting paid for it. No other candidates have to put up with these kind of nasty personal attacks.


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Posted by Linda Curtis
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 28, 2014 at 9:25 am

Semantics has stated accurately Lisa Matichak's record of support for developments she has greatly approved, etc. It deserves a reread.

As for the experience background of Mercedes Salem, she is in family law practice as an attorney and has seen first hand what really affects families. She is definitely the families' candidate. She has a wealth of ideas for help families afford to remain in this area, like the summer camps she speaks of, and the attainable housing ideas, etc.

Jim Neal really stays up with what happens politically in MV, and wants to preserve our freedom of choice, instead just having policies mandated down out throats. He is for the people, for real, and not just another candidate who is using the city council as a stepping stone for higher political office, as many suspect of Ken Rosenberg, but none of the three I've listed above...


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Posted by Linda Curtis
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 28, 2014 at 10:02 am

To: Not a fan-

Lisa Matichak opposed developments that needed improvement. She made sure they were improved before she would go along with it, or she rejected stuff that was way off so something much better could go there. That's the leadership we need.

Look further at her track record and see how much better things became because of her. Inquire what her part has been among her colleagues on the EPC. I do not mean Ellen K or Margaret C., because both are running against her. I meant the current chairman, Robert Cox.; Ask him what Lisa M. has done to improve developments before they received her thumbs up. She always has better ideas. I've been following carefully. So I dare to seek our Mr. Cox and talk to him and then get back to us.

Also note that all three of the termed out council members endorsed her. Wow.


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Posted by Not a fan
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Aug 28, 2014 at 10:57 am

To Linda Curtis,

You have totally misstated her record. She may have made comments , but in the end she did not support development or new housing like I mentioned . She often just complains and doesn't provide guidance. She has no guiding principles other than her personal preferences. Like the other two EPC members running for council They offer no skill set to understand planning and growth.

Ask council members and you will find that she made personal comments about a former EPC member and wanted council to get rid of her.. How's that for working together.


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Posted by Linda Curtis
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 28, 2014 at 2:52 pm

Not a Fan-

I still dare YOU to inquire further as I suggested.

Examples I know of recently was the saving of the heritage trees in the last plan to be approved in the Whisman area. She weighed in on the look of the housing & improved it immensely, helped to make the developers add more space between between each house and keep the number of duplexes to just one, and with just one triplex, also. All the rest are now stand alone, two story houses that fit nicely into the neighborhood, as opposed to the ugly, crowded three stories that were originally proposed. The bike trail is set back sufficiently with some nice landscaping between it and the housing along there. Overall nice and meeting with her approval.

I know because I went to the meetings. I also know her guiding principles for the same reason.


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Posted by Konrad M. Sosnow
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 28, 2014 at 3:02 pm

@Not a fan,

I wen to, and spoke at, the EPC meeting where the San Antonio Phase II project was reviewed. My recollection is that Lisa voted for increased housing, instead of offices, at San Antonio. I am sure that the minutes of the meeting will confirm tha.


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Posted by Not a fan
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Aug 29, 2014 at 6:32 am

@ Sosnow and Curtis

Please retread my statement

"The only problem Konrad is that she has opposed housing in her area and the whisman area and also commercial development across the street. "

Telling me she supported housing in the San Antonio area doesn't refute my statement. Also like council, she only supported housing in San Antonio after it was convenient to do so. Not initially.


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Posted by Transparent Public Meeting
a resident of Slater
on Aug 29, 2014 at 12:06 pm

@PRIVATE MEETING
@Hidden Meeting Place

The Chamber's op-ed gave clear instructions about how to register for its FREE event - wherein an address was included.

Being an active citizen requires you do homework - even looking through something transparent as a window pane requires you to open your eyes.

Being an active citizen also requires you to make sacrifices to be present - had you registered and shown up, you would have all the transparency you could have digested.

From the op-ed: "To help everyone in the community evaluate the candidates, the Chamber, in partnership with the League of Women Voters, is hosting a candidate forum on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 6 p.m. Please join us to see how the priorities of each candidate compare to your vision for the future of our city. Visit www.chambermv.org for event details and to RSVP."


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Posted by Linda Curtis
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 29, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Not a fan-

Please reread my statement just above which describes Lisa Matichak's help to produce the approval in the Whisman area. Whisman. The Whisman area is not the San Antonio area, which is yet another place she helped a whole lot to get a tower of housing instead of the tower of offices that were very close to approval.


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Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 30, 2014 at 1:27 pm

@Deep sigh (Rex Manor) I think you gave a reasonable 'personal' summary (just a bit snarky though). I have not gone to the EPC - and their minutes {in spire of McAllister's and some other's objections} do not show the 'transaction' as the discussion goes on. You have to sit thought the meeting (or videos?).
It is always clear the COC is an interest group. Just like firefighters etc. By endorsing McAllister last cycle, they obviously endorsed a well respected 'lesser growth' respected community member. Lisa also endorsed John in 2012, and John seems to be endorsing Lisa in 2014. I had a good talk with Lisa at a Monta Loma neighborhood social. She seemed very informed and articulate. I liked her explanation (Prop 13 property-tax turnover) on why she preferred "owner-occupied" higher density developments [think NYC building condos] rather than large corporation rental/lease housing. I think she 'does her homework' - like Laura Macias always did on the EPC and Council.
Macias was often 'a loner' vote on the Council. But she always (IMO) did her homework in the most through manner! I'm thinking - of Lisa as being in the form of Laura M. (and similar to John).
Myself - one Lisa would not be at all bad for Council [but I'm going to hold 2 votes for higher density visionaries / who are not 'developer dominated'].


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Posted by R.U. Kidding
a resident of Gemello
on Aug 30, 2014 at 3:44 pm

Deep Sigh pretty much has it right with this:
"Margaret Capriles lost last time because she can't string a coherent thought together." This is a similar problem for Greg U., who has to stammer and pause to get his elderly grey matter in gear. But additionally, if what Margaret C. says does add up, she'll fail to adhere to it when the vote comes down later. I suspect that of Ken R. also, as his tune changes with time of day. He never could deliver on all of it when half of what he says contradicts the other half of what he says!

What Sparty said of M.A.K. is also very, very true of young Ellen K.:
"On the subject of not well spoken... M.A.K. will go absolutely deer in headlights if you call her out on one of her pre-fab answers in regards to things like San Antonio redevelopment." How many times has baby Ellen been that very petrified deer in the headlights, searching for words, but mostly just frozen and useless!

Pat S. won't have this problem, nor will Ken R., as they're both such slick, fast talkers. Aspirations to higher office seems more their motivation than really helping the people of MV. Both speak different words to different audiences.

At least the lawyer among the candidates spoke the truth: "There is no real answer to MV's housing problem." It's brave for a candidate to tell the truth and stop pretending that their getting elected will mean the housing will catch up enough to do anything other than just overwhelm this place all the more.


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Posted by Jean
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 31, 2014 at 10:13 am

Russia and the Chamber of Commence have some things in common. They seek to control events with restricted meetings, a limited agenda and plenty of propaganda.


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Posted by Linda Curtis
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 31, 2014 at 12:10 pm

Linda Curtis is a registered user.

The Chamber of Commerce really appears to pushing "commerce" as only the most giant, developer built & operated stuff counts. As if that gives folks living there a better life, having to deal with them for everything they need.

Then "developers' supported candidates" (like Lenny Siegel admits to) get to have developers' money for their campaigns, and support of their candidacy also from the Chamber of Commerce. Ever feel like the deck is just stacked against us? We will be crowded ever more out of our favorite restaurants, roadways, concert events, theaters, parking places, etc. And why must this happen? For the sake of commerce? It's money that matters.

How about hiring locally, as candidate Jim Neal will work toward on the city council, so that jobs can help some folks already living here. And stop adding so many more high tech jobs, which neither our ability to ever build enough housing can support, nor can the infrastructure.

And all this big corp building, and the COC, are just crushing the little guys like me. I supply really quiet, nice housing at yesteryear's prices, with solar for electrical supplied, yet the big boys will ruin all this as they encircle me with tall, expensive housing. Our nearby corner had 3 well used businesses burn down a few years ago:

Liquor store (important to able to walk to this if you run out mid-party)
Dry cleaners/laundromat
Postal Express (with a handy notary republic)

We thought we would get these super convenient, well used services replaced. NOPE! Not al all. Instead we lose more:

Avis Rent A Car (important to be able to walk to this & very convenient for busing to, also)
Computer repair/printer
Barber shop
Rug mart/rug cleaners
Harv's Car Wash &
Gift shop/minimart
Gochi's Japanese Fusion Tapas Restaurant

ALL OUT OF BUSINESS. How does that set with you Chamber of Commerce? Just fine I'm sure. You're in with the big corporations only. They're all that matters.

At least a lot of public out cry is possibly saving:

Rose Market (after over a 2 yr. interruption in their service so none of my friends will still work there)
Tanya's Hair Salon
Li's Alterations
Sufi's Coffee
Peet's Coffee & Tea (at half it's size so we will no longer be able to meet there)

And I don't even drink coffee or tea, but i get two coffee shops and lose the diverse other 10 (and make that 11 for me, since Peet's will no longer be of use to me).

So we're going for "walkable" & yet are removing almost everything we needed to walk to. Trading 15 for 5 is removing two thirds of small, successful existing businesses! Good job COC! Not much left to make a walk worthwhile or interesting.

And now the other corner of Castro is being looked at for a 6 story build to totally congest this area & to blot out the sky for everyone. Mountain View can say good by to the mountain view forever.


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Posted by Christopher Chiang
a resident of North Bayshore
on Sep 1, 2014 at 7:08 am

The Chamber of Commerce's event details mentioned this candidate's forum was videotaped, but it did not say where to view this, nor does the article say where to find videos.

Does anyone have more information how residents can view this past forum?


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Posted by Chris
a resident of Waverly Park
on Sep 1, 2014 at 7:23 am

Web Link
It has the showings of the Candidates Forum and the Candidates Statements listed for the month of September/October
It is not on their YouTube list yet.


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Posted by Chamber Music
a resident of Willowgate
on Sep 3, 2014 at 9:22 pm

The Chamber may only air the parts it likes. Maybe edit a few answers. Play some background music to make candidates seem good or evil.


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Posted by Chris
a resident of Waverly Park
on Sep 5, 2014 at 2:40 pm

@Christopher Chiang: the Microsoft Forum is on YouTube:
Web Link


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