Change the name of our city
The City Council just greenlighted a seven-story office building on the 1-acre parcel at the corner of San Antonio Road and California Street, where the Milk Pail Market is ("Council greenlights seven-story San Antonio office project," Dec. 6). Also, a new giant office building is going in at the intersection of Rengstorff Avenue and El Camino Real, in addition to all of the other tall projects in the works along the El Camino corridor.
So I propose we change the name of our city to No View, which would be an accurate description.
Wish I was that clever
I'm impressed with the deal that Federal Realty has gotten from the city of Mountain View and the Los Altos School District ("LASD finalizes $155M land deal for new Mountain View school," Dec. 27). Federal Realty is getting, according to my antiquarian mathematics, a rate of return of 156% per year. I wish I could do this well on my investments that typically return 4% to 8% a year. And this is for property not bought in the depths of the Great Depression, or even property bought in the depths of the Great Recession of 2007/2008, but in the reasonably prosperous era of 2015. But I assume we have to defer to the great economists and business folks on the Mountain View City Council, who presumably know why Federal Realty was paid so handsomely, rather than having its property seized by eminent domain.
The city may not look much different after the $6 million large company head tax, but that revenue could be transformative for Mountain View's K-8 district ("City set to launch new headcount tax," Dec. 13). Imagine pride and property values if our K-8 district was one of the region's most well-funded?
Funding has a direct correlation with a school's success. Our high school district is already the highest-paying district in California, yet Mountain View's wealth hides that funding and achievement inequalities in the K-8 Mountain View Whisman School District. Six million dollars is about the same our K-8 school district would regularly receive if school tax funds were not redirected to the special and now outdated Shoreline business district.
The head tax was a voter measure so it is directly spoken for already, but that does not stop Mountain View from using its imagination to then give our schools their full share of the Shoreline funds. There are very few city policies that can transform students' lives overnight; this is one of those moments that could change Mountain View overnight.
Christopher Chiang, former MVWSD trustee
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