The easiest approach is to just say no. No, if you're not rich enough to afford rent in Mountain View, we don't want you here. That approach actually seems to be gaining popularity in our country. Maybe we should build a wall around Mountain View.
Or maybe we should take some responsibility for the situation we've created. And we're trying to create housing, but of course that will take time, since we've neglected housing for so many years. Meanwhile we have a situation on our hands. We have a mobile home park; maybe we should have a motor home park.
El Camino ballot measure
I live in the El Camino Healthcare District, I work in the district, I pay taxes to the district and I want my community to have a say in decisions affecting our families.
After its recent purchase of five clinics in San Jose, the district is close to throwing workers out of their jobs and replacing them with new employees. Why would El Camino dispose of dedicated caregivers in favor of strangers? Is it because existing workers are too old? Is it about money? That these questions need to be raised shows how outrageous their actions are.
As the district expands its borders, it needs to be held accountable to the communities it serves. The ballot initiative filed March 18 ("Union's ballot measure would force voter approval of El Camino Hospital expansions," March 22) would do just that by allowing voters to approve any district attempts to purchase facilities outside the district. The district was created to help the people living within its boundaries, and it's only right to get voters' approval if the district expands its mission.
The Board of Directors and the community members of the Mountain View Palo Alto Muslim community (MVPA) condemn in the strongest terms the horrifying act of naked terrorism that took place in New Zealand. We offer our heartfelt condolences to families of the victims and we stand in solidarity with the Muslim community and the nation of New Zealand. We besiege God to accept in the highest stations of Paradise those who were killed, and we ask Him to heal all those who were injured. Amen.
We all have by now learned more details of the hate-filled attack on the innocent worshipers in the two mosques in New Zealand. The ideology of bigotry that led to this horrendous crime against humanity has also targeted faith communities in our own country. We urge our community to maintain dignified calm and to increase goodwill efforts for mutual coexistence of all communities. We pray for peace and understanding to prevail among citizens of our nation and the world.
We praise and thank God for surrounding us with kind and supportive neighbors and friends. We are overwhelmed by the immediate response, flowers and messages of support from Jewish, Christian and other interfaith communities as well as individuals, who brought messages of solidarity and hope. Thank you all!
We also thank the mayor and the police department of Mountain View for offering immediate support and increased surveillance around our facility. Last but not least, we are grateful to the prime minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, for her genuine empathy and appropriate stance in the face of this tragedy.
We pray for the safety of our community at large, our brethren in other faiths as well as non-faith and all our neighbors.
MVPA Musalla Board of Directors
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