Issue date: October 20, 2000
I was disappointed that I did not receive your paper's endorsement for city council, but I was even more disappointed that you left your readers with a false and simplistic impression of my position on affordable housing. Permit me to set the record straight.
1. Mountain View is 98 percent built out, so it is unrealistic for any candidate to promise to "solve" the housing crisis without regional cooperation. I propose to collaborate with (not pressure) neighboring cities to find practical solutions we can share to benefit all.
2. I support Smart Growth principles, siting high-density (a maximum of four stories) within three quarters of a mile of transportation nodes.
3. Any development must be environmentally sensitive and supported by appropriate infrastructure -- public safety, schools, public transportation, roads, water, gas, electricity, sewage treatment capacity, and open space. To advocate development without first addressing each of these elements is irresponsible.
4. In all cases, the residents of Mountain View must be included in the planning process and their concerns given careful consideration by city staff and elected officials prior to projects being submitted, perhaps as part of the General Plan revision.
5. Financial incentives are necessary to spur development (e.g., accelerated depreciation, full deduction of interest and depreciation, tax-free debt instruments, etc.) so that investors obtain their return through lower project and financing costs and tax write-offs rather than rent.
I appreciate your kind comments regarding my positive qualifications for office. I hope this will clarify that I believe in providing high-quality housing for our residents by supporting development that preserves the charm, character and livability of Mountain View.
For more information on my housing proposals, readers can go to my website: www.ElectPear.com or call (650) 961-8521 to request a copy of my position paper on Housing.
Candidate for City Council
Stasek not for Mountain View
Your recent glowing endorsement of Rosemary Stasek speaks volumes concerning the political bias of the Mountain View Voice. Let there be no pretense of balance and objectivity in your reporting.
In her recent candidate profile printed in the Voice, Ms. Stasek accurately revealed herself as a social activist, not a problem-solver for Mountain View residents.
Example #1: with her background of social activism in Southern California, it is not surprising that she touts domestic partner benefits for city workers as her proudest achievement working on the council. Even the strongest supporters of the act concede that very few people will enroll.
I question why this is her proudest achievement when so few residents will benefit. I value a candidate who is focused on addressing the needs of the community at large, not promoting her own social agenda.
Example #2: you stated that Ms. Stasek is not afraid to stand up to developers. Indeed she has been a loud voice in opposing Home Depot's plans for the old Emporium site.
Yet in a recent Palo Alto Daily article, it was revealed that the current standoff may be costing the city as much as $500,000 per month in lost tax revenue. As residents face the reality of reduced city services and postponed neighborhood projects, can we really afford to support an obstructionist like Ms. Stasek?
I value a candidate who understands that grandstanding is costly, and flexibility is an asset.
Example #3: the recent refusal of Ms. Stasek to join other city council candidates in meeting with city fire and police workers is appalling. The services they provide are essential to residents, and their needs and concerns deserve an audience.
Unfortunately, she has previously given a cold shoulder to these groups, stating that in her view they do not have enough female representation. Once again we see Ms. Stasek's social activism manifest at the expense of city needs. Your claim that Ms. Stasek does not view city government as a popularity contest is certainly true when it comes to the city fire and police workers.
For the city council, Mountain View residents need problem solvers to address community needs, not social activists desiring to advance their own narrow personal agenda.
Greg and Laura Blotter Oak St.
Letter to Israel
As a Christian, I have a plea for my Israeli brethren: in the name of the God we share, please stop using live ammunition on the Palestinian rioters.
The ever-growing toll of dead Palestinian youth helps no one and harms many, on all sides. Use nonlethal riot control tools, and if necessary, back down.
You must know that when the day comes when every Palestinian home has lost a son, peace is gone forever for all sides. Leave a way out.
Bill Murphy Betlo Ave.
'Kids Day' a success
I was surprised that the Voice did not cover the first annual "Kids Day America/International" event. The purpose of it was to educate children and inform parents of the health, safety, and environmental issues that affect us as individuals and as a community.
Over 300 persons attended. At this new neighborhood event, which was held in connection with several hundred other events across the country, over 70 children were provided with Child ID cards.
I hope that next year you will be able to cover this event. I think it will grow and become popular. It was wonderful to see lots of folks come together for the benefit of our children! The support that this event provided CHAC as a featured agency was most appreciated.
Laurie MacMillan, Program Director, CHAC
Monique Kane, Interim Executive Director, CHAC
Fireman supports Measure A
For some of us, getting caught in traffic is a headache and a hassle. As a firefighter, it can also be a matter of life and death.
That's why I support Measure A on the November ballot. By building a transit network throughout Santa Clara County, we can move people out of their own cars and on to rail cars. We also free up state and federal dollars to fix our freeways, fill potholes, and synchronize signals.
Measure A is more than traffic relief. For public safety workers like me, inching our way through oceans of traffic on our way to incidents and accidents, the measure is essential, as traffic can slow us from providing real relief to the public.
Brent A. Primrose
Financial know-how merits endorsement for Pear
You think Matt Pear's "considerable financial expertise adds a unique point of view" to the Environmental Planning Commission, yet you do not endorse him for City Council. Perhaps some financial expertise would add a unique, and much-needed, point of view to the City Council as well.
A city with a multimillion dollar budget needs leaders with the ability to analyze and strategize how taxpayer's money is spent, something that is lacking in the present make-up of the council. Perhaps Matt Pear might make the rest of them think twice before they eagerly vote to approve the next giveaway or boondoggle.
The current city council has been spending money as if the economic boom will go on forever. Anyone who follows the stock market has seen the signs that the boom is coming to an end, and we will need council members with financial expertise to meet that challenge.
I'm voting for Matt Pear. Others who care how their tax money is spent should do likewise, regardless of the Voice's opinion.
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