Mountain View Voice

Opinion - February 21, 2014

Letters to the Editor

Time for cities to provide broadband

It is past time for cities to reconsider municipal broadband. I don't know anyone who likes their provider (ever increasing costs, decreasing speeds, NSA collaboration, slowing down competitors' content, etc.).

Other developed countries get much faster service for less money, and it's time we take steps to do likewise, especially with things like the proposed Comcast-Time-Warner "deal" coming at us.

No fan of high density centers on El Camino

I have concerns about the "higher density activity centers" that the city plans along El Camino Real and elsewhere.

First, I hope that the City Council has taken to heart the bitter lessons from the oppressive ugliness of the high-rise apartments that now permanently scar San Antonio Road at El Camino Real. The city must limit all future medium- and high-density activity center developments to three stories, maximum, including any mixed-use retail units that may be at ground level.

In addition, developers must construct sufficient private off-street parking spaces to meet reasonable construction standards, and also to minimize parking problems in nearby residential neighborhoods and adjacent commercial parking lots. I think that a normal apartment standard is 1.7 parking spaces per housing unit or greater. Why? Despite the city planners' naive utopian dreams and developers' greed, people like cars.

The city must preserve the unique single-family house and private lot standards of the neighborhoods south of El Camino Real. This means no medium- or high-density developments unless absolutely necessary, and even if "absolutely necessary," no construction taller than two stories under any circumstances. We're already stuck with a hideous three-story townhouse development on Miramonte next to St. Joseph's School, and one such eyesore is enough for all of South Mountain View. It clashes horribly with our surrounding single story houses.

City Hall no place for gun rally

From my perspective, Sally Lieber's shabby attempt to reintroduce herself into Mountain View politics was a complete failure. Her political rally in the City Council chambers on Feb. 8 is drawing criticism, not only from the National Rifle Association, but from longtime residents like me who oppose her political shenanigans.

It is one thing for Josh Wolfe to take a public stand against the provision of the Second Amendment regarding gun control, which is perfectly okay, but for a former mayor (almost recalled) and former state legislator, she took an oath to uphold and protect the U.S. Constitution.

Using former political power she conned the city clerk into using the Council Chambers for a strictly political rally. That is against council policy H5. The City Clerk needs to be fired.

Don Letcher N. Rengstorff Avenue

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