Letters to the EditorHigh density housing creates more problems
The Voice's article on Hawthorne Park reported that Tamara Colby, a member of the Sierra Club, wants high density infill housing on Whisman Road ("Greens clash with neighbors over 'Hawthorne Park,'" Nov. 9).
Ms. Colby does not realize that high density developments are the source of our present traffic congestion problems. Traveling north on Highway 101 is now stop and go, including in the diamond lane, for several hours in the evening from Embarcadero Road in Palo Alto to Ellis Street in Mountain View.
The City Council was asked if they had any responsibly for traffic congestion due to high density housing in Mountain View. They failed to reply during a study session about a Rengstorff development. The mayor stated they do not answer questions in a study session.
Infill housing destroys the efforts of other Sierra Club chapters to save the Sierras and the Central Valley from development. For example, these new residents will require more water. The governor is asking for more dams to store water when the dams we have are only half full. Meanwhile, the Sierra Club is asking for dams to be removed so that the salmon fishery can be restored to its natural level.
The City Council should go for more open space that will not tax the environment, create even more traffic congestion and burden city services such as water, schools, etc.
Money spent at local businesses stays in town
Every night when our Wal-Mart store closes, an armored car takes the day's receipts and sends them back to Bentonville, Ark. While this has been great for the Arkansas economy, it does little for Mountain View's.
Next time you go shopping, consider stopping at a locally owned business. The money you spend will most likely remain in circulation in the Bay Area, the products probably won't be from offshore or faraway warehouses, and the local businesses you support are generally much more supportive of local nonprofits and charitable causes. Charity really does begin at home.
SFPUC's chloramine policy a disgrace
As a 20-year resident of Mountain View, I am very pleased to see our local paper take a stand on this issue, and thank the editors for doing so in the opinion piece from Sept. 28, "It is time to test chloramine."
There is no question that people are suffering as a result of chloramine exposure. There is most definitely question as to whether this suffering is in any way contributing to the "greater good," or that it is necessary at all. It is certainly clear that the decision to make this change was made by persons completely unaccountable to those affected.
Did anyone in Mountain View have the opportunity to vote for the members of the SFPUC? Their actions affect millions of people. Throwing it back on the EPA — which has much to answer for, to be sure — is no excuse. The SFPUC should have been the very first to demand thorough testing of chloramine as a condition of implementation.
The fact that they did not, and still maintain that they were justified in failing to do so, is reprehensible.
Space Park Way