Council member Margaret Abe-Koga says in an online video that Measure V is costing the city of Mountain View $2.5 million dollars a year. This is not true. Measure V is not costing the city of Mountain View anything.
Measure V is fully funded by per unit fees on apartments, but Abe-Koga ignores this fact. I attended the Rental Housing Committee (RHC) meeting on Monday, March 26, and learned that the fees paid by landlords have already repaid the city for the money it advanced to the RHC.
Council member Abe-Koga has really disappointed me. My elected officials and I will not always agree, but I do expect honesty from them. Measure V is keeping thousands of renters in their homes at no cost to the city. Council Member Abe-Koga should respect the will of the voters and tell the truth about Measure V.
Thanks from Bike Exchange
Thank you very much for publishing the recent story about the Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange and our search for a new home ("Bike Exchange needs a new home," March 16). Our organization wants very much to continue serving our region by teaching bicycle repair skills to anyone who joins our events; over 700 people from diverse backgrounds participated just last year. We also want to continue providing safe refurbished bicycles to Silicon Valley's less fortunate people. We distribute bikes and gear through more than a dozen charity and service organizations throughout Silicon Valley (e.g., Veterans Administration, Hope's Corner, Sunday Friends).
While many industrial arts classes are no longer available in our schools, youth can join us to learn mechanical skills in a festive environment at our 50+ weekend events. Tech workers throughout Silicon Valley can take a break from their desk jobs and enjoy a fun team-building environment centered around a bicycle repair stand. Our events draw from over 26 different groups and businesses including National Charity League, Scouts, Stanford and Google ... at least for four more months. We hope that the Voice's article will help us find a new home at a local school, church or business and that some of your more fortunate readers can support our continued service from a new location.
Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange president
Let's keep Mountain View whole
Outsiders are trying to divide Mountain View. They will fail, because the community of Mountain View knows that all of us belong to our community and that our community needs all of us. That means that Measure V helps not just renters, but all of our community. Measure V keeps Mountain View whole.
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