As of July 2018, there were 600 to 740 rental units moving toward demolition. Royal Viking makes up 20 of these units. The developer is planning on selling the new units for less than $1.7 million, far out of the price range of those anticipating displacement. The socio-economic fabric of Mountain View is changing in a way a lot of us do not like. Our friends and kids will need to leave Mountain View for the sake of a few corporate landlords and developers.
On Tuesday, Dec.11, the City Council will be deciding on the demolition permit for Royal Viking. Join me at the meeting and ask the council to put the brakes on this transition until we have a plan. Council, the longer you wait, the more affordable housing we lose. It will be very difficult to bring back. My friends and kids will not be able to live here. Let's enact a temporary, citywide moratorium on demolitions until we can come up with a sensible plan for managing our city's growth and evolution. Do not grant the demolition permit for Royal Viking. Let's pause and figure this out.
I've read the recent call for cooperation between the Los Altos School District and Bullis Charter School boards, asking them to work together creatively for solutions to the facilities issues. I fully agree that compromise and working together toward shared goals is better than confrontation and being unyielding. I want to put out a call of my own for the City Council and LASD to do the same when it comes to working together to create incredibly needed park spaces and sports facilities in the San Antonio neighborhood while providing a critical extra site for the charter district facilities puzzle. I encourage all parties to remember that over time, schools house different populations depending on the current circumstances. By working together without preconditions about what school will be placed there first, the city will be able to provide the community with a valuable large open space and recreational amenities, and the district will be able to acquire a needed 10th site to help provide for the 10 school communities that they are obligated to house.
Kudos for a local author
Seventy-five Los Altos and Mountain View locals and I were treated on Saturday, Dec. 1, to a presentation by Los Altos author and sixth grade Gardner Bullis Elementary teacher Devik Schreiner launching his new book, "The Oregon Story." The presentation was beyond delightful and Bullis students, local residents, and past now-adult students of Devik's were treated to an hour of our laughing, enthusiastic audience participation. Devik read an excerpt from his book, and we were fascinated with his stupid human tricks and riveted by his humor and wonderfully approachable personality. We were happy to patiently wait in the long queue so that Devik could sign books with a personal note for each of us.
If the community is again presented with the opportunity to spend a wonderful hour in support of our local teacher and author, don't miss it.
Emmanuela Raquelle (Devik's mother)
Theft on Caltrain
Caltrain is planning to remove seats from the cars for bike riders, and achieve security through cameras. I ride with my bike on Caltrain every day from Palo Alto to San Francisco, and have been commuting by bike on Caltrain for 20 years. I've seen bike thefts, and attempts that were blocked by people who could see the perpetrator. There's also theft of gear, which can be hard to see with a camera. Security cameras are not sufficient as people can hide their faces from fixed cams, but not from a crowd of watchful passengers, and by the time the theft is detected, the perp is gone. We need seats within view of bikes on electrified Caltrain so riders can keep an eye on their bikes and gear.
Cedric de La Beaujardiere
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