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on May 23, 2012
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.
You've got to be kidding! Give it to MVWSD so they won't need their BS bond issue. Unfreakin' believable, what are these people smoking?
How do these clowns keep getting elected into office?
OK.. if this isn't enough reason to vote out the 6 council members who voted for this, I don't know what is.
What will this study tell us? Nothing useful.. I promise that.
If/when the seas rise little old Mountain View isn't going to be able to do anything about it my itself.
So waiting for the "regional" study and response is exactly what has to happen. It will take a regional response to stop the seas from flooding the bay area.
What a waste of money.
It isn't the sea level that Mountain View needs to worry about. It's the rising tide of red ink.
Observe to whom this money goes. This really smells foul.
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?
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?
Next election if Dumb, Dumber, and Dumbest are on the ballot, we will have better choices than the incumbents. We should demand a Grfand Jury investigation into the awarding of this contract.
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.
Yet another ludicrous spending plan dreamed up by city staff, and rubber stamped 'OK' by our spineless city council. Like Queen Elisabeth, our council is merely a figurehead.
"It has always been the prerogative of children and half-wits to point out that the emperor has no clothes. But the half-wit remains a half-wit, and the emperor remains an emperor."
Not ruling out the possibility of the emperor also being a half-wit.
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).
Mountain View sits some 90 feet above sea level. Spending $460,000 to "study" the impact of rising sea levels on Mountain View is patently ridiculous.
EXTREMELY poor judgement by council, funding this is almost like falling for a scam
"Almost"? Funding this is PERPETRATING a scam.
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