Council moves forward with affordable studios; two popular taquerias to be displaced
Original post made on Jun 14, 2012
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on Jun 14, 2012 at 7:32 pm
Roni Bryant says he has "something of a heavy heart" but joins the others in this bad decision (bad for the commoners and small businessses but good of course for the moneyed ones)nevertheless because he has "enormous respect" for the developers. How more nauseating could this get? And then, the calculations/previsions of 2 tenants per studio (up to $793/month) are even more revolting as they sanction a quality of life hardly in line with what would be expected from a city that headquarters the likes of Google. Oh, I forgot: the below the poverty line tenants and the taquerias owners are too small a fish-probably spanish speaking mostly, non-voters, semi-illiterate, disenfranchised. Really, a hard choice for the council to look after the interests of the developers foremost. And this is only what shows on the surface. I'm very curious about lies below the surface of this deal. Investigative journalists come forth.
on Jun 14, 2012 at 7:45 pm
Studio rents from $521 to $793/month for people who earn from 21,800 to $32,625/year. Do you call this "affordable"? Really? This is equivalent to people who make $60-$96K/year paying a rent of $1,500-2,400 for a studio in a poor section of town.Someone stands to gain from this deal and it's not the poor people. And how much in taxes is Google paying to the City? Shhhh, better not say, so we don't blush with embarassment...or rage. Something stinks in Mountain Phew.
on Jun 15, 2012 at 6:00 am
How many hours of city attorney time is worth a $9.3 million dollar gift to a developer to raze buildings that were built long before the current city codes were in place? There are literally hundreds of single-family homes around here that are older than me and likely breaking some current code or other, the only difference being the paycheck to a favored developer.
How much more affordable housing needs to be built up before we realize there's enough rental tenancy in Mountain View and we should let the other cities around here hold up their end? Apparently the city council members haven't walked down California Street past Shoreline and are unaware of the numerous 70's era apartment complexes harboring all kinds of code violations -- hopefully the property tax paying locals aren't on the hook to fix those up too.