I hope everyone has a great summer break!
We need to do better
Regarding the article in the May 18 edition of the Voice ("Council nixes left turns at Castro train crossing"), this letter expresses my disappointment in the article and the related staff report prepared for the council.
Public funding decisions are usually made on the basis of actual problems. The article and staff report completely fail to discuss if there is any actual problem, only the perception of a problem. Both fail to even consider if the current traffic signal operation has resulted in any injuries or fatalities to pedestrians in the crosswalk. The staff report, in particular, mentions the peak hour volumes in an irrelevant way to imply there is a problem, then states the problem will get worse once the new development occurs. But if there is no actual problem now, even if the volumes double there will still be no actual problem because zero times two is still zero.
Hearsay is a very bad basis for spending public funds. We need to do better.
Get money out of local politics
There are paid signature gatherers all over Mountain View, saying anything to trick people into signing for the sneaky repeal attempt of all renter protections! At $40 per signature, some of them are even subcontracting others to do the same. Forty dollars per signature? You can see that the California Apartment Association and the wealthy corporate landlords seemed to be willing to pay any price. They have successfully bought elections in other Bay Area cities.
Do we want to allow them to trick the voters of Mountain View, using their vast wealth to purchase away any trace of integrity in our democratic process? Isn't it a moral outrage that they have highjacked democracy in other cities? Are we going to sit back and allow it to happen here in our fair city?
One of their tricks is to cultivate and spread confusion with their deception, but we can rise above their underhanded scheme and stop this scam in the signature gathering stage! Do not sign! If you did sign, please go to the city clerk's office (third floor) and say that you also want to withdraw your signature, like so many have already done.
Sierra Vista Avenue
About two years ago we lived in a large two-bedroom apartment on Sierra Vista. The rent went up twice so we had downsize to a small one-bedroom apartment. Each year this new place raised the rent, which included monthly cat rent. Then we got a notice that it was slated to be torn down and town homes built in its place. So we moved again!
One and a half years later, two days ago, we got a notice from the city that our apartment complex got sold to a developer and is slated to be demolished next year. There must be at least seven such (instances of) destruction of rental units within a half-mile of where we live. Is this happening in other parts of Mountain View? This is gentrification because I cannot afford to buy even a one-bedroom condo!
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