I am a 40-year property owner on Rengstorff (and my family before me). As a resident I feel I should be able to weigh in on where Mountain Views is going as a city.
• Voters should not approve bond measures at this time. The secondary bond market is flooded with discounted tax allocation bonds at huge discounts from cities that did borrow when revenues dropped.
• Mountain View cannot afford to tightly regulate marijuana dispensaries — and should wait until the state does.
• School districts should not receive any money from the Shoreline tax district. It was designed not to share funds with school districts. The current City Council (for the first time ever) plans to allow Google housing at Shoreline which could force the Shoreline District to sunset and leave the city with a huge bond debt or the loss of Shoreline Park.
• The BMX people had an adequate facility that they built. The city attorney unilaterally had it bulldozed. Now the council completely discriminates against the burrowing owl habitat — which will drive them out forever. Parks and city land should not continue to be given away free to nonprofits or special interest groups.
• The Francia family should not have their land "stolen" (like mine was) by abusive rezoning. The city charter gives the council the power over "all land use" in Mountain View and they terribly abuse that power to force people and businesses out of Mountain View — or at least out of business — in violation of private property rights.
• The City Council members have their own personal fringe agendas that overrule the results of the 2006 resident survey. It would be better if the council represented the people of the city instead of add-ons to the General Plan for "personal agendas."
• I see on Page 15 of the city budget that Mountain View is now $188 million in debt — without the proposed bond borrowing. Mountain View has spent most of its reserves on building out the city's two major community parks. Borrowing more for services, reducing community park open space and at the same time stacking housing to force the city population up and drive small business owners and long-term property owners out is not what the General Plan is for, in my view.
Don Letcher lives on North Rengstorff Avenue and is a frequent critic of city government.