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Opinion - July 26, 2013

A cautionary note on Plan Bay Area

We hope that Plan Bay Area, the ambitious regional planning document that assigns housing quotas for counties and cities, does not encourage communities like Mountain View to rush approval of projects that have not been well-designed and could have a negative impact on the quality of life here.

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Posted by Lane Mason
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 27, 2013 at 12:07 pm

In the 1980s, when Intel wanted to expand corporate headcount to support their business successes, they expanded in Oregon and New Mexico, Arizona and Folsom, near Sacramento. Basic economics..the high cost of housing...prevented them from bringing everyone close to their HQ in Santa Clara. Many Intel Santa Clarans were transferred to Folsom, which they at first resisted..until they found that they could have a larger house, their wife (husband) did not also have to work, their kids could bike to school...safely....and the traffic was pale compared to Central Expy and The 101. LIfestyle trumped being near Home Base.

Google, FaceBook and all the other High Tech companies can learn the same lesson that the chip companies did decades ago. We should not 'force' expansion of housing and employment in SIlicon Valley" to meet some planners' current vision of 'what is destined' to happen here...Many smart, productive and valuable workers do NOT want to live here, and the rising tide of housing prices costs employers more to expand their workforce here, compared to other nice spots around the US, or within a short plane ride to SilVal for those 'must-be-there' meetings.