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Council debates protections for tenants

Original post made on Nov 27, 2009

The City Council is considering an ordinance designed to protect low income tenants, but several council members worry that it might have "unintended consequences."

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, November 26, 2009, 2:45 PM

Comments (11)

Posted by Ned, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 27, 2009 at 8:50 am

Let the market decide, not the city council. The city has no place in this.

Posted by Steve, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 27, 2009 at 4:12 pm

Socialism at it's best.

Posted by Pete, a resident of Monta Loma
on Nov 27, 2009 at 4:41 pm

I agree this is no business of City Council and who would rent to low income renters if you have all these additional responsibilities and expenses - it makes no sense and is socialism at its best.

If Councilwoman Macias and Roy Hater want to pay for relocating tenants, that's their business but it certainly isn't anyone esles. So please stop with the pseudo altruistic stuff at someone else's expense.

Posted by Average Sam, a resident of Waverly Park
on Nov 27, 2009 at 6:00 pm

Are we trying to be the next Berkeley? All this will create is a haven for renters without incentives for landlords. Berkeley does not have a sustainable economic plan for attracting businesses. Let's not make the same mistake.

Posted by Stephen, a resident of Sylvan Park
on Nov 27, 2009 at 11:56 pm

As a former owner/resident of Sylvan Park area duplex , I'm glad we're living in Morgan Hill. MV might become a leftist or socialist like in City of Berkeley soon.

Posted by Old Ben, a resident of Shoreline West
on Nov 28, 2009 at 12:02 am

Renters have no rights. Only landowners have rights.

Posted by Sue, a resident of another community
on Nov 28, 2009 at 8:25 am

What's wrong with socialism? Look where capitalism has gotten us? You throw that word around,but all it is is trying to help the less fortunate. Nothing wrong with that.

Posted by Pete, a resident of another community
on Nov 29, 2009 at 10:01 am

Everyting in the world in wrong with that if they are taking someone else's hard earned assets!

Posted by OMG, a resident of Rex Manor
on Nov 29, 2009 at 10:26 pm

"What's wrong with socialism? " - sue

Other then it doesn't work, I have no idea. GREAT PLAN SUE!

Posted by CC, a resident of Shoreline West
on Dec 2, 2009 at 9:58 am

Affordable housing advocates needs to understand that the proposal will bring more damage to the low income families than it will help them.

If you belong to the low income group, it dose not matter you are Capitalist or Socialist. when the new rule is passed, it's going to be difficult for you to move to another apartment in the City of Mountain View. Why would a landlord rent their property to you if you are costing them more in the future.

Think it again!

Posted by LMF, a resident of Whisman Station
on Dec 2, 2009 at 11:59 am

The new ordinance will force landlords to discriminate low income applicants in their tenant selection process. A step-back for renters.

The new Ordinance will bring down the rental building property value as it become harder to manage (less desirable) for the landlords. A step-back for landlords/homeowners.

City Income is limited when the rental properties are difficult to sell (less desirable). There will be less tax revernue from property transaction. There will be less tax revernue from property tax (in a long run). A step back for the City.

The only winners are some of the City politicians. They gain visibilities and votes on the expense of Mountain View Home owners and landlords. For those of you who cares about the neighborhood, the unintended consequence of the New Ordinance will cost you in a long run. It you are not convinced, you can do some research for the following California cities: Berkley, Compton, Santa Monica etc.

Jac Siegel was right on opposing the Ordinance. He is a true Mountain View Representative who has the guts and wisdom to stand up for these ill-conceived ideas.

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