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New tenant rule would soften gentrification's sting

Original post made on Mar 27, 2014

Residential landlords may soon have to pay higher compensation costs to renters being displaced by renovations and redevelopments around the city, City Council members indicated Tuesday.

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Posted by IV Stalin
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 27, 2014 at 2:12 pm

Now that all the "unskilled" workers are being forced to move out of Mountain View, does that mean we can close down the Day Workers Center?


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Posted by AFL
a resident of Shoreline West
on Mar 27, 2014 at 2:20 pm

Hope this passes!


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Posted by Martin Omander
a resident of Rex Manor
on Mar 27, 2014 at 2:39 pm

This will maybe make life a little easier for a few families, for a short time. Good for them.

But what is really needed is more housing (of all kinds) and walkable neighborhoods. No matter how much you tune the rules, you can't make up for a basic lack of housing.


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Posted by Steve
a resident of another community
on Mar 27, 2014 at 2:41 pm

Yet another reason that as a landlord you're foolish to rent to low income tenants. Harsh statement? Yes. True statement? Also yes.


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Posted by Peter
a resident of Whisman Station
on Mar 27, 2014 at 2:47 pm

A friend's rent went from 1,500.00 to 23,00.00 over night a year ago. Had been living there 17 years. His water dripped in shower, heaters didn't work, changed carpet with cheap carpet once and when he complained rent went up a couple of months later, so he learned very quickly how to keep quiet
Fair is fair and greed is still just greed. Nothing wrong with making money (That's the American Dream) but this was just highway robbery, without the highway.


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Posted by Bob
a resident of Bailey Park
on Mar 27, 2014 at 2:48 pm

"they have theoretically more money than they know what to do with"

I'm sure that they have a few ideas.


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Posted by USA
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 27, 2014 at 3:25 pm

Ironically, every time the government tries to manipulate a market, they decrease incentive to build or renovate housing and increase overall costs.

Unlike the government, landlords and other businesses cannot print money. Every dollar added to their cost has to come from somewhere. In this case, it is us "rich" folks that will have even higher rents to subsidize this latest feel good policy.


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Posted by USA
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 27, 2014 at 3:29 pm

Years ago I bought a house in north Los Altos for $250,000 then sold it a while later for $330,000. Now, I cannot afford that house or any other house in Los Altos.

I am a victim! I demand the tax payers give me a million to live in Los Altos again.


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Posted by Garrett83
a resident of another community
on Mar 27, 2014 at 3:44 pm

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I am low income, I rent and I am against this.

Look at San Francisco. The same people who think these crazy ideas are the same ones causing the rents to rise due to shortages.


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Posted by @ steve
a resident of Monta Loma
on Mar 27, 2014 at 3:54 pm

@Steve, you are correct, but you left out the following.

"A special-circumstances household is defined as having at least one person that is either over 62 years of age, handicapped, disabled or a legally dependent minor child (less than 18 years of age)." Lauzze wrote."

The older people and the people with children will find it also tough to find a place now.

Thanks city council, just like the obum a care, lets pass it without reading the bill or really thinking of the implication it will cause.


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Posted by Justin
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Mar 28, 2014 at 12:31 am

That's ridiculous, no amount of compensation can take care of forcing someone to commute all the way from Hollister. If we're going to have low-wage workers, there needs to be a better solution than having them spend all the precious free time and money they have on traveling to and from work.


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Posted by Garrett83
a resident of another community
on Mar 28, 2014 at 6:32 am

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We need to build more housing for all income levels and densities. We do not need to build 10, 15 or even 30 story buildings.

Granny flats. Duplexes and triplexes in 2 to 3 story buildings. Basement apartments. More row homes. So many different styles that can be mixed together.


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Posted by @Garrett83
a resident of Monta Loma
on Mar 28, 2014 at 2:50 pm

You are so wrong, what makes you think that the people that will occupy those new builds will work in MT.View? That will only create way more traffic.

And also how do you think the low income workers will afford these new places? Oh ya, the govt will provide for them, ya right, dream on.


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Posted by Otto Maddox
a resident of Monta Loma
on Mar 31, 2014 at 11:07 am

Here's how I see it:

We can either make it easier to be a low income work, thereby helping someone stay a low income worker, but giving them money when they can't afford things.

OR we let them see how hard it is to be a low income worker living in one of the most expensive places in the world and inspire them to become middle income workers or better!

I say we inspire people to improve themselves and their lots in life.

Who is with me?


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Posted by UsaNumberOne
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Mar 31, 2014 at 2:31 pm

Them guys need personal responsibility love america or leave! Tce everywhere

obama bad guns good


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Posted by Garrett83
a resident of another community
on Mar 31, 2014 at 4:47 pm

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As a American I have a full right to live anywhere if I can afford it.

As a American I have a full right to work anywhere I desire.

I am American citizen.

As for non high end tech workers can't afford to live.

There is no rule that people have to live or work in the same community. If that is the plan, better start rounding.up people. Start with those who live in Mountain View, send them to Los Altos, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Cupertino.and San Jose.

It works both ways.


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Posted by Garrett83
a resident of another community
on Mar 31, 2014 at 5:27 pm

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Not everyone will attend college to get a high paying job in tech.

Also want to point about the others job not anyrhing low income but those that serve a vital need to the community.

Not public employment but just regular jobs that require a workforce but can not pay high wages to afford a house let alone apartment. Remember people retire and regular non tech workers have to fill those positions.


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