Google plan could be a windfall for city, schools Around Town, posted by Editor, Mountain View Voice Online, on Jun 11, 2008 at 7:05 pm
Despite its location on Moffett Field, the 42 acres recently leased by Google is within the jurisdiction of Mountain View -- and that could mean millions of tax dollars for the city and local schools over the course of the 40-year agreement.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, June 11, 2008, 1:32 PM
Posted by Mr. Big, a resident of the North Whisman neighborhood, on Jun 17, 2008 at 7:40 pm
Before we continue to welcome more expansion of Google in Mtn. View, we should have discussions on the following items:
1. We should also require the following items to be addressed for all projects using city funds:
Free Speech (i.e. China and YouTube)
And possibly Iran divestment
2. We should encourage Google to contribute funds to the street improvements that will be necessary since we are only expecting to get several hundred thousand dollars of increased taxes and not the millions that Nasa is going to get.
3. We should also have Google contribute significantly if not entirely to the sports fields at Shoreline park since their employees are going to be the primary beneficiaries for those fields.
Posted by Uh, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Jul 8, 2008 at 5:26 pm
Why should Google's right to do business be dependent on political metrics?
This is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard..
Google has nothing to do with the Telecommunications Act of 1996, and it has nothing to do with whether or not Congres considers net neutrality. And what the hell does Iran divestment have to do with Google?
Embargoes are federal, municipalities should not consider these things in decision-making. Leave that to the feds.
And finally, how do you propose a corporation such as google can disregard national laws? Google not following Chinese law is analogous to a foreign meat-packing plant moving to the US, employing illegal labor and operating a meth lab. Google wouldn't be allowed to operate in China if they didn't conform to Chinese laws and I don't believe our Constitution grants Chinese citizens the right to free speech.