If the City Council wants a pay raise, tell them to ask Google, Linked In, Sobrato, Merlone Geier Partners and all the other large corporations and special interests to which they kowtow to foot the bill.
Corporations are not people and as a real live person and long time resident of Mountain View I am tired of being ignored. I, for one, am certainly not going to vote for any pay raise. In addition, any incumbent will not warrant my vote. I encourage all the real live citizens of Mountain View to join me in protesting the plutocracy the council has created.
Space Park Way
Accept reality of jobs, housing
We need to face the fact that $440,000 one-story, single family homes and the $2,500 per month, three-bedroom apartments, are part of Mountain View's history and will not occur again.
We do need more housing, but how much is enough? Some will say we need one additional residence for each new job (13,000 for LinkedIn and 15,000 to 20,000 for Google). Others would prefer things as they are. Somewhere between is the solution. No one will be overjoyed with the result, but we can achieve a compromise that we all can live with.
We need a Light Rail connection from the downtown transit center to North Bayshore. That way, residents of other communities can take Caltrain and Light Rail. Soon, East Bay residents could take BART and Light Rail. This need is obvious.
Limit office construction. We can't add three new offices for every new residence. Housing prices and traffic will continue to go skyward.
The only sane way forward is through accepting reality and forming compromises.