Our current density is significantly higher than any other city in Santa Clara County, when the fact that the area north of Highway 101 has almost no housing is taken into account. Why do developers flock here and not other cities? Why do we have 60 percent of our housing as rental and only 40 percent as owner-occupied?
First, Mayor John Inks, a Libertarian, believes that anyone (read developers) should be able to do as they wish, including building five-story apartments along both sides of El Camino. John has said that in 20 years our homes will be turned into high-rise apartments. Obviously, he is doing what he can to make his prediction come true. He also thinks that intentional gridlock will reduce car use. So next time you are stuck in traffic, thank John Inks.
Mike Kasperzak says that now that he has been elected he can do what he wants and damn the residents. He wants to Manhattanize Mountain View and does not consider four or five stories to be "high density." Per Mike, eight floors or more would qualify as high density.
Ronit Bryant would like to turn Mountain View into a European Village with high-density housing and everyone walking instead of driving.
Margaret Abe-Koga wants to turn two lanes of El Camino Real into bus-only lanes. So next time you are stuck in traffic on El Camino, think of Margaret.
What can we do to take Mountain View back? Identify electable residents who believe in quality of life for Mountain View residents. Finance their campaigns and support them in their campaigns. The alternatives are to move to a city where the city council represents the residents and not the developers, or watch as Mountain View is Manhattanized and gridlock becomes the rule.