Posted by Leslie, a resident of the Sylvan Park neighborhood, on Sep 28, 2012 at 2:26 pm
Great job! Thank you Peter for your generosity. It is people like you who give us faith and contribute to the fabric of making Silicon Valley great & sustainable. Greed has recently been the mantra of the start-up economy and perhaps this donation will be a reminder to others (who will remain nameless)to start giving back.
Posted by Steve Rasmussen, a resident of another community, on Sep 28, 2012 at 8:38 pm
Years ago I recall that a famous folk singer went to get her haircut and her favorite San Francisco Salon owner was going to be shut down for a $ 25,000 rent or tax shortfall. The customer took out her checkbook and wrote a check to cover the problem. A few years later a large landlord in San Jose discovered that one of his favorite tenants, a young man who had worked hard building an ice cream shop, had come in to work and discovered that the tax authorities had put a chain around the young man's doors. This landlord wrote a check to the authorities for $ 17,000! He loved his rent checks, but not as much as he disliked the tax man.
As I was occasionally reading about the challenge facing the Hacker Dojo, I kept wondering where the successful tech entrepreneurs were; who was going to rescue those Job's praised with "Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes... the ones who see things differently -- they're not fond of rules..."
Congratulations Peter Relan, whoever you are, for stepping up to the plate and hitting some code out of the park. Maybe one or more of those young hackers will carry on the tradition in your honor!
Posted by DC, a resident of the Sylvan Park neighborhood, on Dec 2, 2012 at 9:33 pm
Why do the renter have to upgrade the building? I'm glad they moved instead. Let the owners deal with the city rules. Perhaps that is why there are so many empty offices in Mtn View only the rich renters can afford it.