If Alphabet cannot handle a .004 percent tax to repay the community for the impact they have had on our roads, rentals and restaurants, then they can go do evil someplace else.
Don't fall for the lies
When my family made the decision in 2017 to move to Silicon Valley, we looked to find a progressive city that valued human rights and quickly settled on moving to Mountain View, especially once I discovered that the voters of Mountain View passed a rent stabilization measure in 2016. Having lived in the Washington, D.C. area for the majority of my adult life, I know how important strong rent control laws are for protecting the least privileged and most hard-working people in a city.
After becoming a renter in Mountain View just a year ago, I quickly discovered that the California Apartment Association (CAA) and greedy corporate landlords want to dismantle rent control in Mountain View by getting a deceptively named petition ("The Mountain View Homeowner, Renter, and Taxpayer Protection Initiative") on the ballot this November. Since late April, I have been approached by numerous paid signature gatherers on my trips to Nob Hill on Grant who have been hired by the CAA. The different paid signature gatherers I encountered each provided various lies and misinformation about the Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Act (CSFRA) to get me to believe that "rent control isn't working" in Mountain View. Not one of these paid signature gatherers explained that the petition has a clause regarding the vacancy rate that will turn off the very provisions in the CSFRA working to protect renters in Mountain View.
Luckily I am an informed voter (thanks to the information provided by the Mountain View Tenants Coalition) and I never signed the petition, but I'm very concerned about the thousands of other Mountain View voters who have been tricked by the misinformation being spread by these paid signature gatherers. I implore all voters in Mountain View to not fall for the lies and don't sign this sneaky repeal of rent control, which is working to protect our diverse community. If you did sign, take action immediately and fill out a signature withdrawal form at mvtenantscoalition.org/remove-your-signature.
LASD school plans
I thought our City Council had some empathy for small businesses and the people that work there. Apparently, I was wrong. I think it is obscene to use "eminent domain" to get rid of all those small businesses and the Kohl's department store ("Council gives the green light to shopping center school plans," June 29). I personally go to Kohl's, Pearl Cafe, and the Chinese restaurant. I do not want to see those businesses removed. I also think the location is lousy for a school. It is surrounded by busy streets. A school should be near a quiet residential area with safe streets, not speeding cars and buses. Bad idea City Council!
November election candidates
Here is my bi-annual call for candidates for local offices. Three of seven City Council seats are up for election. Two incumbents plan to run. Seats on all local school boards are up, along with seats on the boards of the hospital district, the valley water district and the regional open space district. The filing deadline is August 10 but is extended five days when an eligible incumbent does not run.
The chief issues in the council race should be (1) whether to stop adding office space and tens of thousands of new workers in North Bayshore and elsewhere in the city, and (2) whether to keep or undermine restrictions on residential rent increases in older (pre-1995) apartments that are legally subject to local control. City Council candidates without clear positions on key issues deserve no votes. And watch out for "independent" campaigning by obscure special interest groups.
High school stadium lights
We are deeply troubled by the current proposal to install massive stadium lights and blasting public address systems at the MVLA high school campuses. We need livable neighborhoods and quality schools, not stadium style sports fields. Our priorities are best served by striving to improve classrooms, teaching and technology, not the destruction of a neighborhood by severely affecting the quality of life we all believed would be maintained and respected.
Installation of these lights would be an unresolvable imposition on neighbors, creating more traffic and parking problems, crime, noise and light pollution, as well as opening up the campuses up to third party exploitation.
Dr. Peter Gise and Susan Gise
Bike space on trains
Caltrain should increase projected bike capacity on electric trains. The current capacity is behind demand, and the board agreed in 2015 to increase capacity on electric trains but staff continue to attempt to back away from the 2015 board directive. Please add bike space to electric trains with seating available in bike cars to limit the threat of theft.
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