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News - February 3, 2012

City officials upset at loss of tax district

by Daniel DeBolt

A state-ordered shutdown of Mountain View's Downtown Revitalization Authority took effect Wednesday, and city officials are not happy.

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Posted by Tired of these silly and dangerous councilpeople
a resident of Waverly Park
on Feb 2, 2012 at 1:21 pm

"Many of the schools think they are going to be getting a windfall, but all this means is the state is no longer is going to be back-filling" school budgets, Kasperzak said. "They'll be getting the same money, from a different source. It's going to be a big surprise to people. People will say, 'Where is the money?'"

You know, somehow, I'm pretty sure that the elected officials running the school district are roughly as intelligent and well informed as the city council members, if not substantially more so. If Superintendent Craig Goldman is going to be shocked by any of this, then it seems to me we have to ask ourselves two things. First, why has our city council made a point of not working with the school district on issues that effect the finances of both bureaucracies and all of the city's residents? Specifically, why has Mike Kasperzak not taken a moment out of his busy schedule to warn the school district of the eminent danger to all of our children? That seems obnoxiously petty and childish, even for a bureaucrat. Mike Kasperzak and Craig Goldman's offices are literally blocks away from each other. Second, why are we paying the exorbitant cost of the office of the school superintendent, if they are too slow and ill informed to understand their own budget process? If nothing else, does anyone who works at MVUSD possibly read the Voice, where they might find this belligerent, informal notification? And if the purpose of this tantrum was to inform the MVUSD, do you think it could be done with a little class?

I also remain somewhat unconvinced that Mike Kasperzak's crystal ball is up to the task of accurately predicting the budget moves of the state legislature. Maybe the legislature will decrease funding for schools. Maybe they will increase it. I just don't know, and I'm pretty sure the Mountain View city council doesn't either. So let's not start threatening children, just yet anyway.

The absurd scenario that Kasperzak insists on projecting is just fearmongering for personal political gain. I would really prefer the city council focus on doing the best they can with what they have (which is far from meager), rather than spending time complaining in the media. The redevelopment agency issue is dead and has been for a long time. There is absolutely no potential for gain, and lots of potential for loss, in our city council spending time complaining about the governors policies. All of us need to toe the line to get our state financially healthy. Sorry if that screws up your evening, Mike.

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Posted by Observer
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 2, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Well said.

However, they are probably all worried about how bad they will all look when the city goes bankrupt in 10-15 years once more and more city employees start retiring and reaping their absurdly generous retirement pay and benefits.

Mark my words, I said it here today. It's basic math.

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Posted by Change for MV
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 3, 2012 at 9:34 am

It's time to change up our local city council leaders. It's clear from these quotes that our local leaders are ineffective even though they have inside knowledge long before us ordinary residents.

We need pragmantic thinkers to run and get elected to our city council.