Many Mountain View residents who live adjacent to the Grant Road farm (or famed "pumpkin patch" as it's better known) were expressing their personal opposition to the Mountain View Farmlands proposal. The proposal, which would create a 5 acre organic demonstration farm and arguably higher density housing on the remaining property, is a matter of intense local interest and disagreement. A drive down Preston Drive late last week revealed that a *significant* percentage of homeowners in the immediate area are opposed to the current proposal for a 5 acre farm. How could you tell? They had signs posted in their yards that said as much.
That was until this past weekend.
Strangely, ALL the signs disappeared in the middle of the night. Now it's possible that this was just an ill-conceived teen prank. However that doesn't seem to be the likeliest explanation. As much as I hope it's not the case, this seems more like some nasty community vigilante-ism.
We can debate the merits of the signs themselves but people are entitled to their opinions and should be free to express them. Certainly there have been a number of local signs posted that promote the "save the farm" cause. But whatever someone's personal opinion is on a particular topic, it's not okay to steal personal property or attempt to stifle speech. That's just wrong. And it makes the folks who are trying to engage in a meaningful discussion about the merits of having a farm look like they are engaging in petty thievery to make their case. Even if they aren't. It's really just sad.