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Opinion - May 17, 2013

Here's what they're saying on Town Square

Council wants survey for major bond measure

In a study session last week, City Council members supported a survey to determine voter support for a bond measure to fund several large facilities the city needs, including a new community center. Members supported adding a large new community park to the list of projects a property tax measure or sales tax increase could fund, which include a revamped community center at Rengstorff Park ($14 million to $17 million), a new police and fire administration building ($35 million to $65 million), a new emergency operations center ($7 million to $8 million), a new Rengstorff Park aquatics facility ($8 million to $12 million) and a new fire station at 301 North Rengstorff Ave. ($11 million to $12 million), replacing the city's oldest. Removed from the list was an extension of the Stevens Creek Trail because other funding sources were found. The yet-to-be-drafted survey would ask voters questions about their satisfaction with city services and their likely support for a bond measure.

Posted by C'mon, a resident of the Cuesta Park neighborhood

Why is there such a huge delta between the low and high estimates of the police/fire admin building? $35 million to $65 million! Can we at least get the delta to within $5 million so we actually KNOW what we're voting for before you ask us our opinion on it? Take this building out of the bond, it's obviously not thought out enough to warrant serious consideration.

Posted by GDM, a resident of the Blossom Valley neighborhood

The current Police and Fire Admin Building is less than 30 years old. What's wrong with it?

Posted by Heal KNOW, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood

Sure, we would love more park space, but then you would give it away for low-income or high-density housing. No need for new buildings of any kind.

Posted by Nancy Morimoto, a resident of the The Crossings neighborhood

The city should dialog with the Los Altos School District to see where they could creatively partner with their potential bond for a new school site, for things like shared park space and community center facilities in the San Antonio area.

Posted by George, a resident of the Rex Manor neighborhood

EGADS ... what the heck is wrong with Mountain View as it is? The nation, California and our city is slowly coming out of a horrible economic time, and here the City Fathers and Mothers can't wait to spend millions and millions more. The police department might need upgrades, but all of the rest can wait or even be dumped. Ask yourself ... how often have you gone to the facility at Rengstorff? How important is a swimming facility, with costs and liabilities? Let's just hunker down and put money in the bank, buy silver, buy gold. Don't spend almost $200,000 — just to find out what is or is not wanted. Heck, put a questionnaire in with the water or garbage bill.


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