Climate change is happening here and now, and as a young person, I'm terrified. I'm 20 years old and am afraid for the kind of world I will grow into -- and the world that my children will have to face in 2100 and beyond. I'm concerned about the front-line communities already experiencing the worst effects of climate change and the imbalances of power that led to this crisis only reproducing themselves as the global south industrializes.
The latest climate report from the UN says we have only 12 years to transform our economy to preserve the stable climate human civilization has depended on for millennia. We need a massive mobilization of every sector of society on par with what science and justice demand.
A Green New Deal will keep Americans safe from climate change and create millions of green jobs. It is common-sense policy that is overwhelmingly popular with the American people, regardless of political party or where they live.
Any presidential candidate who wants to be taken seriously on climate and earn the support of young people needs to support Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Markey's resolution.
Los Altos Hills
Easing the housing crisis
We can all agree that the housing issue is a crisis here in Mountain View. Regardless if people are employed or not, they simply can't afford a two-bedroom apartment in our city. This is very sad for those of us who have been here many years and witnessed this change. Together, we need to work out different solutions to help ease this crisis.
San Francisco and San Jose are issuing permits to build affordable housing to alleviate this problem. It's interesting that our city appears to be only interested in new developments. New housing is a fine idea; however we need to be sensitive to the price tag of a two-bedroom condo and/or the monthly rent of such units.
Every summer after graduation, lots of young people with bright futures flood to our city in search of promising jobs in technology and science. These graduates have worked hard and have accumulated heavy student debt. They want to make Mountain View their home. Then reality hits, the high price of housing.
Last year I attended a City Council meeting where someone suggested that the city issue permits to allow owners of R2 lots to build "in-law units," space permitting. This would be less costly for the owners and also a way to ease the housing crisis. Food for thought.
I Stephanie Austin==
A beautiful world
The homeless shelter at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Mountain View has opened for the second year. This shelter is dedicated to single women and children.
This is my second year volunteering at this facility. I met some familiar faces as well as new ones. They all wish to have the same things that any human wishes to have -- a roof above their head to keep them warm and full stomachs. We are grateful that the church is so generous to provide its space for this good cause. Santa Clara County has provided the necessary funding for this program. Many volunteers and organizations provide (for the shelter) and serve food there.
Jodi Hermon from HomeFirst is the manager for this facility. Her tireless effort is commendable; she always listens to their issues and provides solutions, and makes sure this is a safe environment with comfort. Under her leadership, staff and volunteers all follow her to ensure the daily operations run smoothly.
On Wednesday, Feb. 27, it was my day to volunteer to serve dinner and I was so pleasantly surprised to see a group of volunteers from our city, who brought ample delicious and healthy food with a smile. Our guests were very appreciative and enjoyed the feast. They gave a round of applause! This indeed is a beautiful world.