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Candidates see housing crisis solutions in North Bayshore
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on Aug 15, 2014
If their support for a new residential neighborhood north of Highway 101 is any indication, Mountain View's City Council candidates appear to represent a shift in public opinion toward allowing more housing development in Mountain View, balancing the explosive job growth at LinkedIn, Google and other Mountain View tech companies.
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posted Friday, August 15, 2014, 12:52 PM
Posted by AC
a resident of another community
on Aug 21, 2014 at 6:19 pm
AC is a registered user.
I honestly am appreciating the discussion. I hope to share my situation a bit, for the rest of you to use as datapoints of your ongoing discussion, which I will happily be reading.
I'm a 21 year Mountain View resident. I'm a renter, always have been. Never could afford to buy; I didn't see the sense of shotgunning into a condo in the '90s. I worked at Sun when it was here in MV, and decades later I work for a startup in MV. In 21 years, the furthest job I've had was Santa Clara; so I doubt that I qualify as a "commuter". I am a dot bomb casualty from 2001; so I never made it rich and I am still paying AMT taxes owed from when I worked for the chance at being a dot com millionaire and failed miserably.
- I have always loved this town. Never wanted to move. The suburban feel was great, and the measured incremental growth (you know, old buildings come down, newer, nicer ones go up) has been just right for me. Neither Beaver Cleaver nor Eddie Haskell lives down the street, so I think it's an exaggeration to say that we're stuck in the '50s.
- I definitely have some appreciation for the NIMBY people. Because their voices have kept Mtn View a great place to live for me, a renter, a tech worker, and a bike-to-work when I can person (I obviously have to drive if I want to carry anything, like groceries or books or things). It has never been such crazy growth, not even during the Internet boom, as it is now.
- I also view Shoreline Park, the golf course, and the aquatic center as treasures of the city
- I'm flat out against urbanization. I could have lived in San Francisco; but I don't. I love to visit Manhattan, and am just as happy to leave it to go home. I really wish that people who dream of cobblestone European streets with a great rail system would stop trying to make a suburban city into that. As for me (I remind you that I bike when I can, and therefore am very fond of my Clipper card), I am very happy with Mountain View's access to Caltrain and VTA. We only need to figure out something with at-grade crossings (which cause bottlenecks on freeway ingress/egress roads).
- "Are we a company town now?" Honestly, we have always been. Whether it was Moffett (the base), or Sun or SGI or Intuit or Adobe or Google or LinkedIn; in my memory we've always been a company town. It's never been a problem before. I have a hard time trying to understand why it's a problem now, save for the raw employee numbers. This town has weathered many a boom and bust before; from the old timers telling me about WWII to Vietnam, to my own memory of the Silicon Valley.
- I do believe that smart urbanization is the job of SF, SJ, Oakland, and other clearly urban centres. We've been the best darned suburb of the Peninsula for as long as I can remember, and I don't see why we shouldn't stay that way.
- Prop 13 and property values: Again, I don't see the problem. Sorry to tell you newcomers, but Mountain View has been majority rental for a long long time now, and it's never been a problem that I've seen. The property owners have given the town much of its character, and I'm happy an honoured to treat them as a treasure of history of this city. We won't have them forever.
- For the "wake up and smell the millenium" folks: Look, consider this. This town has been great for a long time now. Those "old school" people you complain about are a good part of the reason why. And you know what? They're growing older; and they're dying. Think about that folks, because that will be us one day. I say this in caps, "LET THEM HAVE THEIR WAY! THEY EARNED IT!" Progress will happen, and the renewal and redevelopment *will* happen. Take it easy! Take it slow! You know, their children have children or even grandchildren by now; like as not they will not inherit and move into their parents' home, they are likelier to inherit and sell. Or use MPOA and sell and put them into senior living. You'll get the land anyway! Your dreams of progress *will* come true. Your goals of mixed used and environmentally friendly efficiency *will* come to fruition! You're right! So be patient! The fact that it takes so danged long is how you know that we're being the tortoise, not the hare (you *did* hear that story in grade school, didn't you?)
- Building North Bayshore: I admit that I'm just not well enough informed or studied to have an intelligent opinion. My gut thought is: It used to house a military base, with equipment, munitions, troops, some barracks. I don't see how some well-thought housing is any worse. Preserving the wildlife areas as they are, of course.
I think those are my only bullets of value to add. I hope you continue discussing. I really need to be more informed for the election.....