Posted by Local, a resident of the Shoreline West neighborhood, on Mar 23, 2009 at 3:00 pm
"The report points out, among other things, that there is no bus stop near the Senior Center."
No bus stop?! What about VTA's 35 which stops at California and Escuela? Web Link Why hasn't the Senior Advisory Task Force had access to a VTA map? Perhaps they meant to write that there aren't enough 35 schedules during the day and evenings to support seniors instead of just commuters. That is entirely true. If there were more 35s going back and forth to the Palo Alto and Mountain View transit centers, then the seniors would be well served to the Center.
Please start a letter writing and phone call campaign to the members of the City Council Web Link and VTA Board Web Link requesting more route 35 buses in the daytime and evenings. Thank you!
Posted by Rene, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Mar 23, 2009 at 5:50 pm
How do the seniors propose the City pays for their free transportation and having the center open on Saturday? The City is already facing a deficit for 09/10. Adding millions in service isn't going to help. I do agree that non-residents need to be charged a fee. This could help with the costs of running the center and its programs.
Posted by gdm, a resident of the Blossom Valley neighborhood, on Mar 24, 2009 at 10:58 am
I am a Senior Citizen. I find the attitude of the Senior Citizens expressed here to be quite selfish. First they didn't want to share the center with teens, and now they want free transportation to the center, which of course would have to be paid for by taking the money from other areas.
Posted by Andrew, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Mar 24, 2009 at 4:38 pm
I can understand the preference for MV residents, but a free shuttle? Let's see, if they're already property owners, that means lower taxes from Prop 13? Plus suggested $2 lunches, $35 off swimming ($15 for 25 swims vs $50 for residents), I'm sure the list goes on.
How about, instead of discounting things in Mountain View by age, we discount for those in actual need?