Posted by Greg David, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on May 23, 2012 at 10:23 am
Instead of squandering a half million dollars on another study, they should put that money in the bank. Then, in a hundred years it will have grown to enough to pay for dikes and pumps, just like in the Netherlands. Unless of course they squander the money on something else in the meantime.
Or let it flood. The googlers can travel from building to building in solar powered electric boats.
Posted by Skeptical, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on May 23, 2012 at 5:05 pm
Oh, boy this sure sounds like a waste of money. Surely there are less expensive ways to get this information if it is truly, urgently needed. I would be happy to check around myself. How about $10,000 for an interim investigation?
Posted by Political Insider, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on May 23, 2012 at 5:19 pm
After watching the tape, was amazed how clueless some council members are on the projected sea level rise. You can tell which ones swallow the gloom and doom propaganda of environmental groups hook, line, and sinker.
The claims from these projections might be taken more seriously if land values adjusted. Maybe that's why FaceBook's stock price is falling?
Posted by castromom, a resident of the Castro City neighborhood, on May 23, 2012 at 8:56 pm
Vote them out! Ok, not all of them, but most! Tom Means, John Inks and Laura Macias seem like the only ones to me who have any fiscal responsibility. Each election the council promises so much, saying we should vote for them. I don't wish to be unkind and say what I think of some of them, but if we don't get them out of office next election, its our own fault! I really am disappointed by a lot of the studies they deem necessary. Maybe if they paid for a spot in the paper and explain themselves, well, I might listen to what they have to say.
Posted by Steven Nelson, a resident of the Cuesta Park neighborhood, on May 26, 2012 at 11:23 am
It is sad to see that this 'community revenue" is again diverted to a specialized part of the city. 99% of the general property taxes of Shoreline is diverted to this District. About 1/5 of the general property taxes that would go to education, and the County (senior citizens, public health etc.) is "shared" back. HOW GENEROUS! (NOT) Special assessment districts, like downtown parking, are usually used to protect property owner interests in special areas. Shoreline is one of the LAST REDEVELOPMENT DISTRICTS in the entire state. Last year, they borrowed $29 Million, against future general property taxes - to fund this type of study, and future building.
As Hardin likes to express, distortions in assessments (and spending) make property tax use in California very problematic. SCHOOL SUPPORTERS note: these studies will be used to justify why diverted general property taxes (which could be used for class size reduction etc.) "cannot" go to the schools (elementary, high school, community college).