I feel so fortunate that we own our place and don't face spiraling rent increases. But I feel a painful loss for the people being forced out. The people we're losing are more important than whether El Camino is sprouting taller building or has fewer lanes dedicated to cars. I voted for Showalter and Rosenberg because I trusted in their leadership for this crisis, and I continue to support them today with their vote on BRT.
Pragmatic argument against BRT
I applaud Lenny Siegel's logically solid guest opinion piece (in the May 1 issue) opposing dedicated bus lanes on El Camino. To quote his refreshingly pragmatic argument, "we should entice people out of single-occupancy vehicles by improving mobility, not attempt to force people out of their cars by restricting it. The latter is politically unsustainable." Oh, so true that is, with Mountain View traffic becoming more immobile every year due to ever-increasing regional overcrowding.
In light of their shocking post-election flip-flops on the very serious issue of dedicated bus lanes, council members Rosenberg and Showalter need to reassess their roles on the City Council. They must realize that they represent all Mountain View residents and businesses, and also that voters hate nasty surprises and do not forgive or forget them easily.
William R. Hitchens
Pickleball comes to Mountain View
Mountain View will be the first city on the Peninsula to introduce outdoor pickleball to senior citizens.
My husband and I discovered this game a year ago. One pickleball game in Arizona and we were hooked, putting down our racquets after 50 years of playing tennis!
Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States. It's easy on the joints, low impact, social, and lots of fun. Even for those who have never before played a sport. It's played with a paddle and a whiffle ball on a court a fourth of the size of a tennis court.
Mountain View Senior Center will be offering a free introduction to this sport for ages 55-plus on Thursday, May 28, at 10:30 am. Call (650) 903-6330 to make a reservation.
We are proud to be residents and senior citizens of this thriving and progressive city and are excited that we have discovered the joy and health benefits of pickleball, which we want to share with everyone we meet.
We want to commend the Mountain View Parks and Recreation Department and the Mountain View Senior Center for their support to bring pickleball to Mountain View. This, we believe, will be one more step on Mountain View's journey towards being identified as a senior-friendly city.
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