Posted by localmom, a resident of the Cuesta Park neighborhood, on Mar 6, 2010 at 7:02 pm
The city should take the money and give it to the Mountain View Whishman school district as a one time grant in he future of its most vulnerable citizens. The schools are facing a multimillion dollar shortfall and next school year will see the largest class sizes in a decade. The city needs to HELP if there is money just sitting around to buy empty lots and forclosed homes!
Posted by localmom, a resident of the Cuesta Park neighborhood, on Mar 8, 2010 at 10:03 pm
Just a point of information: California schools are the 47th WORST FUNDED in the NATION. This was in Friday's Chron in an article about how CA was passed over for the Obama "Race to the Top" billions in school funding.
MVWSD does an incredible amount to stretch every tiny penny that comes its way. When you are given only $8,000 or so per child/year and kids in comparable communities (Philly: $12,000, Philly suburb Lower Merion, PA: $21,000---every child takes home a mac!), then it really is prudent to ask oneself, perhaps we can't expect much from a district that is so DRASTICALLY underfunded. Enough said.
Posted by Robert, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Mar 10, 2010 at 10:09 pm
Why not buy the houses?... In these difficult fiscal times the City has already spent around $20 million on land at Moffet and 101; about $2 million on a church on Escuela; over $10 million on a new fire station. But hey let's cut City services and let's blame the City employees and labor groups for the City's "financial woes". Granted things need to be tightened up but don't believe the sky is falling rhetoric and certainly don't blame out City's employees... that's just what the "leaders" want you to do.