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Housing crisis summit taking place Wednesday

On the Table events to spark community conversations in Mountain View, Silicon Valley

A regional discussion focused on housing challenges in Silicon Valley will take place Santa Clara and San Mateo counties on Wednesday, including in Mountain View.

The event, called On the Table SV, will bring together thousands of residents, city officials and others to talk about what can be done to address the lack of affordable housing. The event is sponsored by Silicon Valley Community Foundation and is funded by a grant from the Knight Foundation.

Based in Miami, the Knight Foundation is providing funds for 10 community foundations throughout the country to hold conversations about important topics to foster solutions. The project is based on a model developed by the Chicago Community Trust, which the Knight Foundations wanted to see replicated, said Mauricio Palma, Silicon Valley Community Foundation's director of initiatives and special projects.

Wednesday's event is expected to bring more than 700 hosts in both counties for conversations, which will occur over a meal, coffee or bite to eat, he said. Two events are being planned in Mountain View.

Palma said the foundation chose housing as the topic after finding that housing was a critical element in the Bay Area during of series of separate community discussions.

"You just have to open the newspaper to see on a daily basis that housing is a major issue," he said.

While some of the conversations will be by invitation and others public, participants will be asked to fill out a survey at the end and the data will be included in two reports. One report will focus on how the On the Table model brings communities together, a goal of the Knight Foundation; the second report will focus on what is critical for Silicon Valley related to housing.

"We will use that information to inform our grant-making strategies in housing and transportation over the next three years," Palma said. The reports are expected to be completed in February and March.

"For us, there are multiple issues: immigration, education and economic security and housing and transportation. We decided to take a big dive into housing and transportation because it is critical across the region," he said.

In Mountain View, the On the Table event will be open to the general public at the following locations and times:

From 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.:

• SVCF Headquarters, 2440 W. El Camino Real

From 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.:

• Day Worker Center of Mountain View, 113 Escuela Ave.

More information is available at siliconvalleycf.org/onthetable.

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127 people like this
Posted by John
a resident of Rengstorff Park
on Nov 14, 2017 at 3:27 pm

I blame state and local government for constant and ever rising property taxes and very expensive permits to build or do additions and restrictive mindset of city planners to put tough restrictions for in-law units.


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Posted by Robyn
a resident of another community
on Nov 14, 2017 at 4:10 pm

I agree. How about raising the homeowners exemption which has not been increased from $70.00 in forty years? Make it something that makes a difference to homeowners.
Local government fees and bond issues pad our tax bills.
Where is the high density housing in Hillsborough, Atherton, Monte Sereno, etc.?
Rather than foisting it upon cities like Mountain View and Sunnyvale, why not evenly distribute the density and all that comes with it?


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Posted by Repeal Rent Control
a resident of North Whisman
on Nov 14, 2017 at 5:27 pm

Repeal Rent Control is a registered user.

@Robyn;

"Hillsborough, Atherton, Monte Sereno, etc." aren't the cause of the housing crisis in the Bay Area. In fact, the population increase in those communities is negligible over the past 50 years. The PROBLEM is caused by cities like Mountain View, Redwood City, Santa Clara, San Jose, etc. inviting tens of thousands of new employees into their city limits without provided the infrastructure to support it. Let the cities who want international corporate headquarters seated in their proximity figure out a solution to the very PROBLEM THEY HAVE CREATED FOR ALL OF US.

Shame on Mountain View in particular for completely dropping the ball on housing while inviting millions of commercial square feet to be added within the communit-- clogging the streets, driving up rents, overwhelming the schools and punishing mom and pop landlords who happen to own older, run down, high maintenance properties now saddled with rent control. Un-effing believable what's happened to this area.


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Posted by Plenty of land
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Nov 14, 2017 at 9:01 pm

There is plenty of undeveloped land in the Bay Area that could become housing. Stacking is not necessary. But new housing requires more of other things including transportation and schools. The corporate bigwigs want more employees and profit and higher stock prices. The biggest wigs do not live in the flatlands or fight commute traffic. Existing residents are harmed by overcrowding except that residents who already own houses see a huge spike in "values." As robots replace workers, demand for housing should decline. There is something to anxiously await. All of this assumes Trump does not destroy Silicon Valley by provoking the dictator of North Korea to launch or plant and explode nukes first.


11 people like this
Posted by YIMBY
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Nov 14, 2017 at 9:11 pm

"There is plenty of undeveloped land in the Bay Area that could become housing. Stacking is not necessary."

Suburban sprawl is bad for the environment and causes traffic. We should be building high-density housing near mass transit and jobs.

"As robots replace workers, demand for housing should decline."

Are you expecting the robots to vaporize the workers so there are fewer humans who need to be housed?


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Posted by Juan
a resident of Rengstorff Park
on Nov 14, 2017 at 10:31 pm

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The problem is not Mountain View, we have built enough housing. Go take your blame somewhere else, it's not welcome in this city. You can build more housing when you build more infrastructure, not before.


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Posted by YIMBY
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Nov 14, 2017 at 10:38 pm

Mountain View isn't a gated community. You don't get to move here and pull up the drawbridge.


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Posted by Michael G
a resident of another community
on Nov 14, 2017 at 10:56 pm

The position of Mountain View with SF Bay on one side and foothills on the other makes it impossible to expand. Not a good place to locate a lot of office buildings if there is no room to expand housing. You can build high rise apartments all you want but most people ultimately want a single family detached house and will commute long distances if they must to get it. More here: Web Link

A logical place for locating offices would be in the center of a flat plain where transit can get to that center. Which describes downtown San Jose and why Apple and Google are planning office complexes there. Why cos. don't take up the huge amount of office space already there is a mystery. More here: Web Link

The final issue is why are Silicon Valley companies not doing what Amazon is and expanding in other parts of the country? Lots of people in cheaper parts of the country would love to stay there near friends and family but the hot jobs are here.
more here: Web Link


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Posted by YIMBY
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Nov 14, 2017 at 11:13 pm

"You can build high rise apartments all you want but most people ultimately want a single family detached house and will commute long distances if they must to get it"

Are you suggesting that these high rise apartments will be vacant because everyone will instead be commuting in from their detached single family home out in the boonies?

"The final issue is why are Silicon Valley companies not doing what Amazon is and expanding in other parts of the country?"

Many Silicon Valley companies already have offices in most major metro areas across the United States.


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Posted by Mel in MV
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Nov 15, 2017 at 3:18 pm

Mel in MV is a registered user.

"Are you suggesting that these high rise apartments will be vacant because everyone will instead be commuting in from their detached single family home out in the boonies?"

That's precisely what happened during a previous housing crisis back in the 1980's. People were getting priced out of housing near their Bay Area jobs, but back then, inland California was still mostly agriculture. Housing construction in and around then-small cities to the East - Stockton, Tracy, Lodi, Modesto etc surged as most people opted for an affordable 3-4 bedroom house with a yard over a cramped expensive condo or rental near work.

This time around, some people will look for similar solutions but meanwhile the whole state has become so crushingly overpopulated that nothing can really move anymore. It's like one of those puzzle games where you slide tiles around to earn points, but tiles are continually added and eventually there's no more space to slide them.


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Posted by Landlord BoB
a resident of Monta Loma
on Nov 15, 2017 at 8:39 pm

Landlord BoB is a registered user.

I think it's funny how everyone wants to solve the housing problems in Mountain View and expects a 4 bedroom house on a 1/4 acre for themselves..
People, wake up.. you live in a city where you have to give it up. Do you think people in Manhattan think like this?
Reality check time for you all.
If you want to have your sprawling 7000 sq. ft. house on top of 3 acres with a creek running through it and mountain views, then you gotta live outside of Mountain View, DUH?
Otherwise, live in you efficiency apartment over looking the dumpsters for 4k/month.
Just a thought from Bob..


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