Letters to the editor: Moffett Field proposal, development partnerships


Innovative partnerships needed

These comments were triggered by an article written by Kevin Forestieri on Aug. 9, "Permits for new homes sink in Santa Clara County."

In May 2019, the Mountain View Whisman School District (MVWSD) agreed to a partnership with FortBay, a private developer, to share in the land and construction costs in exchange for affordable units being reserved for teacher housing. This was cited by city staff as the primary reason the project remained financially feasible for the developer.

I believe innovative partnerships like the one described above are needed in these challenging times of rising construction costs so that projects are more palatable and the benefits are more appropriately shared among the stakeholders such as the city, commercial entities, the developer and existing and new residents. Why can't a similar deal be reached with the top half-dozen high-tech companies in Mountain View? For example, Google could partner with the city and developers and share in the housing construction costs in exchange for reserved affordable housing for Google employees. It's not as if these companies lack sufficient monetary resources. In 2018, Google made a profit of $40 billion, Facebook made a profit of $22 billion, Apple made a profit of $60 billion and Intel made a profit of $20 billion.

These companies are all based in or near Mountain View. Do you think they should bear a larger responsibility for housing their employees, relieving traffic congestion caused by thousands of new employees, expanding mass transit measures, providing parks and other amenities to address the growth impacts to society and such as the resources needed to sustain the existing quality of life and the character of the community?

Dan Shane

Cypress Point Drive

Moffett Field proposal

UC Berkeley wants to build a huge satellite campus that might bring over 5,000 more people to our area at Moffett Field ("UC Berkeley plans huge satellite campus at Moffett Field," Aug. 2). Just taking 250 square feet per employee as a number — there could easily be a lot more than 5,000 if they get the more typical 60-square-feet cubicles of modern tech workers. Where is the housing for these people — is UC Berkeley going to build it as part of the development? How are these folks going to get to and from Moffett — the roads are already beyond capacity at rush hour. Is UC Berkeley going to build us more roads, or mass transit?

Finally, how much tax revenue would come to Mountain View from this development built and managed by a nonprofit?

I David Lewis==

Oak Street

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