It's only now that we learn that the highly deceptive signature gathering operation for the very deceptively written Measure V Too Costly was entirely funded by the California Apartment Association and a handful of developers. If this had been known at the beginning of the signature-gathering effort, it might have been halted at a very early stage, with public disclosure of who was behind this. The information only appeared now because of the July 31 deadline for semi-annual Form 460s. How about requiring at least monthly filings for initiatives and independent expenditure committees, or perhaps even sooner when these committees are formed?
Wow, Mountain View's population could rise by as much as 50 percent if all housing possibilities currently up for discussion are implemented. At least, that's what the Voice stated in one of its past issues. I'm not against growth. I think it's inevitable, but the question is whether or not it is done in a smart, practical way. Is there a finite number of people the city can support and still maintain the quality of life we currently enjoy? Isn't that what sustainability is all about?
With more people comes the need for higher-density housing, which we are seeing now. Is it necessary to build six-story or taller buildings just to house people? Is commercial on the bottom and housing on the top of taller buildings the answer? With an increased population comes more city employees, more water use, more waste production and less open space. Unless there is a functional transportation system that people actually use to get around, what will downtown and neighborhood streets look like with increased traffic flow, especially if Castro Street is blocked off?
No matter how much housing is built, not everyone working in Mountain View will live here, and there will be those living in Mountain View who work somewhere else. Even if rents grow at the rate of inflation, many of the people rent control is supposed to help will continue to be priced out of the area given the new norm for affordability, and making a six-figure income is not a guarantee that one is even able to buy a condominium in today's market.
Raise your voice
Separating children from their families and placing them in detention facilities is child abuse (as defined in federal law). Our federal government must not delay further in complying with court orders to reunite children, many under 5 years old, with their families — wherever they may be. Especially troubling is the deportation of migrant parents without their children.
As both common sense and scientific research tell us, removing children from their families leaves children vulnerable to trauma and lasting toxic stress, putting them at risk of developing depression and anxiety disorders. Volunteering in this field, we have seen firsthand trauma's lasting damage to children's development. Furthermore, childhood emotional trauma is strongly correlated with adult drug and alcohol abuse, illness, antisocial behavior, and criminality — and the attendant costs to society.
For families seeking asylum or held in detention, it is imperative that the government respect the right to due process guaranteed by our Constitution to everyone, regardless of immigration status. The children's rights must be honored — rights to speedy release to their parents, guardians, or relatives, and to family visitation regardless of immigration status, as required by the U.S. Supreme Court in the settlement agreement in Flores v. Reno and by various enforcement actions, e.g. Flores v. Sessions, 862 F.3d 863 (9th Cir. 2017).
Please raise your voice with the many others who implore the federal government to hasten family reunification and to refrain permanently from family separation. Our government's actions in this matter violate myriad values that we share as Americans — justice, freedom, due process, equal protection, the sanctity of the family, the protection of children, and, above all, human decency.
Carol and Keating Rhoads
The malignant disease
Capitalism is a malignant disease. It has transformed society, using existing human institutions to create a world where money is the only thing that matters.
The vector that spread it worldwide was an economic theory called neoliberalism. This theory placed the market above government and human need. It used bought-and-paid-for academics and politicians to implement its global spread and used debt to force open underdeveloped nations to the parasitic workings of the global financial system. It also used those same politicians to forge rules that guaranteed that the vast bulk of global profits went to a tiny number of global capitalist elites.
The only way to undo the ongoing damage is to pass a constitutional amendment that affirms corporations are not people and legitimizes limiting campaign contributions to avoid the current system of rule-by-dollars destroying our democracy.
Once that is in place we can finally think of a new system, built on real human needs.
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