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Mountain View Voice

Opinion - December 20, 2013

Letters to the Editor

Council has to address housing crunch

The affordable housing crisis in Mountain View and beyond is getting worse by the month and nobody seems willing to do much about it.

The recent approval of another massive luxury housing complex at Moffett Boulevard and Central Expressway (your editorial of Dec. 13) happened not only because no one showed up at the meeting to complain about this latest Prometheus project.

It is also the result of lack of social conscience and courage of city officials, who are responsible for the approval of such projects but do not identify with the thousands of hardworking residents who make far less than $25,000 a year, let alone the hundreds if not thousands who only make the minimum salary and therefore unable to pay the rapidly increasing monthly apartment rents.

On the other hand it also reflects the greed of money-hungry developers who only care about providing luxury town-homes and apartments to those working for the high tech industry who are able to afford the $100,000-a-year rents, or buy the $1.5 million-and-above homes.

It is now time for all the high tech companies, city officials, developers and religious leaders in Santa Clara County and beyond to face and live up to their moral obligations to do and say what is needed. Something has to be done to provide social justice for the powerless who barely make the minimum salary but provide janitorial, landscape, cooking and other services for all.

Job Lopez

McCarty Ave

City Council is making wrong choices

The City of Mountain View (Googleville) is so proud that anticipated rent for a new luxury apartment will go as high as $8,000 a month.

A $250,000 traffic study of the North Bayshore area showed that $391 million in highway improvements are needed for access and egress to the (Googleville) area.

Council member John McAllister said he was pleased that the city could afford to give (free) $50 million to the two school districts. It's true. Mountain View had on June 30, 2013 $360.2 million in cash and investments (per Maze and Associates) to give away.

Low-income people and and small businesses are being forced out of Mountain View by the hundreds. A case in point is 819 N. Rengstorff Ave.

The 17 percent or so of owner-occupied housing gets nailed with outrageous parcel taxes and higher service fees.

The City Council does not deserve a charter amendment to raise salaries.

Donald Letcher

N. Rengstorff Avenue

Council workload needs cutting

I agree with Mayor Inks in his letter of Dec. 13 that the workload of city council members is truly onerous, and reducing that burden would encourage diversity in the council — but counting on voters such as myself to choose the candidates who say they don't want to work so hard is not going to be a winning strategy for change. Perhaps a ballot initiative?

Martha Cutcomb

Ernestine Lane

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