Posted by Kate, a resident of the Cuesta Park neighborhood, on Aug 12, 2010 at 2:31 pm
How long has Jabbari been a resident of Mountain View - a few months? Google normally likes employees to work long hours, so I don't see how city council would fit into his schedule. If he were even to get onto council he wouldn't be able to vote on any issues that dealt with Google. I'm sorry, he won't get my vote.
Posted by Bing, a resident of the Cuesta Park neighborhood, on Aug 12, 2010 at 2:52 pm
Sorry, I don't want a 20 yr old kid making decisions for my city. What life experiences does this kid have? At 20 yrs old you just don't know enough to be doing this sort of job. Just another Googler who thinks they know it all.
Posted by John W, a resident of the Sylvan Park neighborhood, on Aug 12, 2010 at 3:17 pm
Sorry folks. I'm 61 and strongly believe that the bright young "kids" are the ones to watch and listen to when it comes to getting us *all* out of our mess that THEY are ultimately inheriting at the national, state, and even local levels. A lack of bias/experience in "what can't be done" often allows them to actually get things done. Not to say that they don't need a few of us old folks around as mentors :) .
Posted by George, a resident of the Rex Manor neighborhood, on Aug 12, 2010 at 3:37 pm
Three cheers for this young man. BUT Let him begin on some of the committees, Planning, etc. and learn the City. Youth is wonderful.. it is a time for learning and to prepare for a future. It is probably not the best time to be "in control."
Posted by Anonymous, a resident of the Shoreline West neighborhood, on Aug 12, 2010 at 4:27 pm
To be honest, I'm inspired by the ambition of this young candidate. As proven by countless presidents and elected officials in the past, experience and age mean very little. Rather than basing assumptions on a number, why don't you engage in a discussion with him and learn more about his ideas for Mountain View?
I noticed he has a Facebook page: Web Link. Try expressing your concerns to him directly. The worst that could happen is that you confirm your assumptions, but perhaps you'll learn a thing or two about his platform and why he would make an effective city council member.
Posted by Sarah, a resident of the Castro City neighborhood, on Aug 12, 2010 at 4:56 pm
George - Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't the council become a majority libertarian council if the other candidates in the running win? I'd say Jabbari would actually balance it out a bit and provide a fresh perspective...
I'm not saying I'm 100% for Jabbari, but I'm not going to bash him because of one article. I'd hope people would actually do research about the candidates they're voting on before passing superficial judgments. Voting for him (or any other candidate) doesn't mean you're "giving them control" (Kate) since there are still other members in the council. You are, however, bringing in different perspectives and ideas. Who better to plan for our future than someone who will actually get to experience it?
Posted by Political Insider, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Aug 13, 2010 at 11:45 pm
"Jabbari said his top two campaign issues... advocating for housing development that is affordable..."
"Jabbari said he supports building dense, non-subsidized housing..."
These two goals make a lot of sense. It's the AH crowd that cowardly hides behind this term without admitting they what they really want. Governemnt price controlled housing offering huge subsidies a few lucky individuals.
Posted by MVCSP member, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Aug 16, 2010 at 11:54 am
The Mountain View Coalition for Sustainable Planning also believes that the City's single family home neighborhoods should be preserved and that new, possibly more dense development should go in the nine focus areas identified in the General Plan. We're definitely NOT advocating that MV's existing, healthy, single family home neighborhoods should be converted to high density housing! Yikes!!
Posted by ShorelineParkUser, a resident of the Cuesta Park neighborhood, on Aug 16, 2010 at 3:37 pm
The article states: "he believes that the city should not subsidize the Shoreline Golf Links, which is losing nearly $1 million a year. He says the land should be made profitable, the property sold or the operations outsourced to a private firm."
Sell a huge part of Shoreline Park?!? The golf course should pay for itself or at least greatly reduce this operating gap, but to suggest the property should be SOLD is absurd and suggests a lack of understanding of the importance of this regional park.
Posted by Steven Nelson, a resident of the Cuesta Park neighborhood, on Aug 16, 2010 at 3:47 pm
MVCSP direction of advocating high density in some areas has repeatedly worked throughout the world. Even as far away as exotic So. CA! The house my grandfather build in 1924 and both my father and I grew up in, in Glendale, is still surrounded by the smaller single family units like it has been since the 1930s. But the central areas near the freeways have grown into regional banking and shopping centers. Few 2 bed, one bath houses there anymore - but how many farms and working greenhouses do we now have in MV? Who built all the 3 bed 2 baths and spoiled the place? Who moved there and spoiled the place? (us)
(or blame Stanford - he started the SP which built the rail line)
20 year old candidates - blame Nixon and his 18 yrs old vote Constitutional amendment.
Posted by jupiterk, a resident of the Monta Loma neighborhood, on Aug 17, 2010 at 2:14 pm
He will make a 6 figure income, get generous nice pension plans and retire in 8 years and start living off a 6 figure pension. Wow, a system run by the crooks , for the crooks. as long as the voters are stupid and ignorant, few will sure take advantage and ride the gravy train. go on folks, drink some more of that koolaid.
Posted by Michelle, a resident of the Whisman Station neighborhood, on Oct 18, 2010 at 11:43 am
I have not made my mind up yet, but what bothers me more than anything is people who are judging him based on his age. This does not appear to be your average 20 year old (now 21). There are not a lot of 19 year olds with a bachelor's degree. He seems to be more motivated than any 40 year old that I have met. I will base my decisions on the issues, not on age.