Mountain View Voice

Opinion - December 30, 2011

Here's what they're saying on Town Square

Will city give businesses more time to move?

Posted by Steve, a resident of the Jackson Park neighborhood

Just great. Why is our city council so two-faced? They say they are trying to promote the creation of jobs, then turn around and convert all the industrial space into housing. What kind of jobs are they creating? Burger flippers? I'm a life-long machinist. Mountain View once had many machine shops. Today they are all gone, except for one specialty engine shop. Tell me, where exactly is someone supposed to set up a shop and create new manufacturing jobs now that Mountain View is destroying all suitable sites zoned for such uses? Reducing the number of industrial sites drives up rental costs of those remaining sites, driving away potential employers in turn. So blind.

Posted by Karen Koshgarian, a resident of the Martens-Carmelita neighborhood

I find it hard to believe that the voice of Mountain View, as expressed by our city council, adequately represents us anymore. Who among us actually prepares for a move 25 years before it happens? To say that Simon had 25 years to make changes is ludicrous. To scold them is even worse. How are jobs created by building more housing, beyond the temporary employment of construction workers? Where is sustainability in that use of the land? A print shop that is still in operation, Heidelberg presses and all, is a resource that gives back to the businesses and community a service of craft and beauty. How much longer can we afford to be so hypocritical about our ideas of sustainability with the land, and with the resources we have, by turning another quick profit for the housing industry? What will be there in 25 years?

Posted by A. Lincoln, a resident of the Blossom Valley neighborhood

I can't understand why the council would not give this firm (Simon Printing) the time that they need, which will impact no one else. Don't they understand that no sane person expects a 25-year-old timetable drawn by long forgotten City Council members to proceed like clockwork, or even proceed at all? Who would bother to plan for relocation in such circumstances? In the end, when they get around to environmental impact studies, there will probably be years and years of industrial pollution to contend with, and a better use of this land might be to leave things as they are. I'm a retired computer professional and I've never had anything to do with small business or printing, and I've never used this firm's services or know anyone who has. I had to look up the location on the map, and I certainly don't have a dog in this fight. This is a matter of simple common sense and good will, and a certain revulsion at the lack of reasonable judgment that such "zero tolerance" responses demonstrate. Shame on council members Tom Means and Margaret Abe-Koga for being so literal and small-minded. What in the world are such by-the-book people doing in city government?

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