Nine candidates, four open seats in council race
Original post made on Oct 13, 2008
The Voice offered one-hour interview sessions to all candidates, and seven of the nine accepted.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, October 10, 2008, 2:36 PM
on Oct 13, 2008 at 3:00 pm
Yet again, we have another crop of candidates focusing on social and environmental issues. You want to save the gay whales of color from the hole in the ozone layer? Good for you. But first, tell us what you are going to do about the day-to-day running of this city. Potholes? Police? Street lights? Dealing with these issues would be you primary job, yet we have not heard a single word about it.
Need some specific, bread-n-butter questions to get started? Try these:
* Mountain View never had much of a crime rate. Lately though, our sleepy burb has had multiple murders. What are you going to do about it?
* Efforts to build low rent housing have brought in low rent people. (Yes, I know that is harsh, but look at the aforementioned crime stats. For bonus points, compare our murder rate to Los Altos's murder rate.) What are you going to do about it? Yet more "sustainable", high density housing with below market pricing subsidized by other buyers?
* Panhandlers have gotten out of hand. What are you going to do with the loitering laws and more importantly, the enforcement of the loitering laws?
* Efforts are underway to plow up the last bit of open land in Mountain View and pave it over with a museum of Mountain View history to show people what Mountain View looked like before it was plowed up and paved over. What is your stand on this?
* Many of the sidewalks in Mountain View are 20-40 years old. Tree planted near those sidewalks have now matured and have pushed up the sidewalks. What are you plans for dealing with crumbling sidewalks?
Feel free to add your own questions.
on Oct 13, 2008 at 3:13 pm
Alicia Crank has talked about police and crime more than the other candidates.
on Oct 13, 2008 at 3:29 pm
I frankly disagree with most of your crime comments. I see no panhandling issues of consequence in MV, and a very small number of murders in a single year in a city the size of MV is not a "rate", but an anomaly. One murder is too many, but there is no trend here.
Your comment about the history museum was so spot-on funny, though, I couldnt let it pass. Very well said!