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Possible housing deal for cops and firefighters

Original post made on Nov 2, 2008

In order to better respond to emergencies and deepen connections with the community, the city may soon be using a homebuyer assistance program to encourage its police officers and firefighters to live within city limits.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, October 31, 2008, 12:00 AM

Comments (6)

Posted by taxpayer, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 2, 2008 at 12:10 am

I am deeply opposed to the idea of giving police and firemen our money to buy their houses. Those people are very well paid and we pay them huge retirement benefits that are crippling the rest of us with debt. Enough. What nonsense.
If they want City money to buy houses, can we keep the equity profit that is made or can we get back some of those overgenerous retirement deals we gave away to them?


Posted by taxpayer, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 2, 2008 at 12:10 am

I am deeply opposed to the idea of giving police and firemen our money to buy their houses. Those people are very well paid and we pay them huge retirement benefits that are crippling the rest of us with debt. Enough. What nonsense.
If they want City money to buy houses, can we keep the equity profit that is made or can we get back some of those overgenerous retirement deals we gave away to them?


Posted by Taxpayer too, a resident of Shoreline West
on Nov 2, 2008 at 11:52 am

I would like to respond to the comment referring to firefighters and police officers as "those people". "Those peple" are the very people you are going to call when you can't handle what the world can dish out. "Those people" are the ones who would go into your burning house to save you even though they dont know you. They would die trying to save you.

"Those people" are the ones that would fight the guy trying to break into your house in the middle of the night or the guy trying to harm your family. they too would die trying to save you and your family even though they dont know you.

So as for the housing if it means more of "those people" living in our community then I am all for it. I think it will make us all safer.

As for the remark about the pension, many of them will not collect it for long, and many never get to collect it because there life expectancy has been greatly shortened by the stress of trying to keep you safe so you can sit in the comfort and safety of you home and type absurd comments about "those people".


Posted by USA, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 3, 2008 at 1:27 pm

Taxpayer -- That is a good suggestion. The purpose of the city funding is not to enrich the firefighters and police officers but to enable them to afford to live in the city they protect.

City city could go in as equity partners where the city would pay X percent of the cost and get an X percent share of ownership. The officer could then live in the house and pay only 100-X percent of the cost. When an officer leaves the city's employment, he or she could buy out the city' share or sell the house on the open market. The city would then take its share of the profit or loss on the sale.

The advantage of this investment approach is that it meets the goals and does it without throwing away taxpayer money.


Posted by eric, a resident of another community
on Nov 3, 2008 at 5:10 pm

"It's already absolutely out of control as to how people are commuting over to North Bayshore," said council member Laura Macias

so, letting google build a new massive campus will HELP this, Laura?


Posted by workingman, a resident of Whisman Station
on Nov 5, 2008 at 8:23 am

"Those peple" are the very people you are going to call when you can't handle what the world can dish out. "Those people" are the ones who would go into your burning house to save you even though they dont know you.

Yes because thats there job , who is the first person I call when my car breaks down and I can't handle it ? , a mechanic because thats what he gets paid for. Please ,.. 92k to start , TO START ! cant buy a house on that salary ?


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