Posted by Steven Nelson, a resident of the Cuesta Park neighborhood, on Feb 5, 2011 at 9:55 am
(me again) The Political Process produces compromise. Shoreline could be "incompletely" sunsetted by a guarantee of 1/10 of the future property taxes there (takes statute change).
Where is that Assemblyman Paul Fong??? Not here when education needs him!
The JPA is just a contract agreement. Anything done by the city is only covered by that contract. As in this offer - they may increase the amount (for a set period) - or, and this is EXTREMELY CRITICAL, they may terminate all the $ after two years by a simple majority vote of just the Shoreline Board. (4 people) They only need to quote 'fiscal emergency' and the terms of the JPA contract allow them to bail. I've been studying this over 2 years, have read the contract, as have others, and it is SO CLEAR that even a non-lawyer can understand.
That contract (JPA) specifically refers to the "perpetual nature" of Shoreline District. It also 'subordinated' any payment to schools to future bonded indebtedness (read "next boutique hotel") that 4 members of the Council decide to borrow for. [This is decided by our elected representatives - the Council - but these bonds are NOT VOTED ON by the people - who must directly approve school bonds]
Mothers of Mountain View - do your kids deserve Full Funding for your schools? Share Shoreline - do you want to continually fight this funding battle? Instead of a "marriage with common property rights" this is a 'live together' arrangement - with none of the long-term legal guarantees.
This may be as far as the Political Process can take things. Do you think I'll compromise?