New role for former city manager Schools & Kids, posted by Editor, Mountain View Voice Online, on Apr 12, 2012 at 11:20 am
There's a new group of government officials making decisions in Mountain View, and it has a very long name: the Downtown Revitalization Authority Successor Agency Oversight Committee. Go ahead, say it fast 10 times. The new board has some familiar faces, including Kevin Duggan, Mountain View's former city manager, who retired last year after 20 years on the job.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, April 12, 2012, 10:28 AM
Posted by Steven Nelson, a resident of the Cuesta Park neighborhood, on Apr 12, 2012 at 11:20 am
Daniel, good story. There are also alternates to the first appointments. Of particular interest to me is Superintendent Barry Groves of the high school district, who is the alternate schools representative. When I first talked to Groves about five years ago concerning the tax diversion 'problems' of redevelopment districts, his last departing question to me was 'when will we start to get Castro Strret taxes'? I guess we'll start to see that answer quickly!
Although closing Castro Street redevelopment did not have many 'vocal' supporters at that time, it was eventually closed by the actions of our local Legislative representatives Fong, Alquist, and Simitian supporting Gov. Brown.
Castro redevelopment only diverted 1/10 of the school and county taxes as the Shoreline District now does. Shoreline District will need "special legislation" to close it (along with the remaining half dozen or so special RDAs in the state). I hope more citizens will join me in being 'vocal' about sunsetting the Shoreline redevelopment district!
Posted by Rex, a resident of the Rex Manor neighborhood, on Apr 12, 2012 at 2:38 pm
I Respectfully disagree with closing the Shoreline District because it provides funds for a number of city projects that benefit the citizens more than it would the school district. For example: the water main replacement project that ran up Miramonte; Stevens Creek Trail expansion; flood protection for Shoreline; re-routing of the water main for CSMA & San Antonio Center; etc., etc. Any project that can be tied back to Shoreline is eligible to use these funds.
The schools need to reorganize and become effective and efficient rather than always requesting funds.