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Opinion - July 5, 2019

Letters to the editor

Respect

What gives Donald Trump the right to insult, demean and degrade publicly any who cross him or fail to pay him the proper "respect"?

What respect is due a multiply accused rapist, adulterer, serial liar and thief who steals from workmen by denying them the wages they have earned by working on his company's projects.

The foregoing actually points to someone who, rather than twittering madly against others, should instead be by the side of the road picking up trash in an orange jumpsuit,

Ed Taub

Devoto Street

Rent control subcommittee

In an article published June 28 ("Subcommittee to propose rent control changes"), you reported that the Mountain View City Council on June 25 had created a three-member subcommittee to consider proposing amendments to the rent control law just approved by city voters in November 2016 (Measure V). The subcommittee includes two council members (Margaret Abe-Koga and Chris Clark) who opposed Measure V. Indeed, both of them supported a deceptive alternative measure (W) placed on the 2016 ballot by the City Council majority to split the vote and forestall any real control over apartment rent increases.

Your article reports that Councilwoman Abe-Koga had raised the prospect of amending Measure V in a goal-setting meeting and had cited, as her concern, the displacement of some tenants in connection with a few cases of old apartments being replaced by new condos. The suggestion is that it would be better to eliminate rent control on 15,000 old apartments and force tens of thousands of renters out of Mountain View than to see more applications to demolish a few hundred apartments and build condos instead.

That would be a poor deal for our city. And, in fact, apartment owners do not even have the "right" to replace apartments with condos. The City Council majority has just been going along. Some might think that the City Council would leave it to the landlords to campaign to repeal Measure V through their own "sneaky" initiative that finally gathered enough signatures to qualify for the ballot. But what most readers don't know is that I wrote the City Council months ago about the likelihood that the landlords' initiative would be declared invalid for its internal misrepresentations in contravention of California Elections Code section 18600 as occurred in the legally binding case of San Francisco Forty-Niners v. Nishioka ( 1999) 75 Cal. App. 4th 637, 645.

While I hope to be proven wrong, it appears that the pro-landlord City Council majority is up to no good. We shall see.

Gary Wesley

Continental Circle

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