Joseph Kott (Mineta Transportation Institute) believes the VTA should override the rights of individual cities and force through their transportation choice. He states, "Each community has its own take on what it needs and its own take on what it wants," and views this right as something to be overturned. The public answered this demand with a loud, strong and continuous NO.
The massive double VTA buses are nearly empty. Buses are a 20th century mode of transportation in a 21st century world. They don't take you to your final destination — which would take an additional method of transportation from the main line. People often make several stops in a single day (local grocer, pet store, pharmacy, department store) all in one trip, which is impossible on a bus.
Recently, I suggested they sell their wasteful double buses and use 12 passenger vans that could travel more frequently, be scheduled to drive more varied routes and could take passengers to their actual destinations. Of course, this is not in line with VTA empire building, so that won't happen.
And, oh yes...I would like to know how many VTA Board Members take the VTA to their meetings?
I was impressed by the tolerance and professionalism of the Mountain View Police Department on Feb. 2 at about 1:15 p.m ("Police arrest two men for threatening officers, drug offenses"). An obviously disturbed man was swinging a hammer at several police officers in the parking lot of O'Malley's bar (1235 Old Middlefield Way) and screaming and yelling at them. I understand there was also a gun involved.
Thank goodness there were enough police officers there to surround the hammer-wielding, highly aggravated man and to disarm him with no apparent harm to the man. Here was a police shooting that didn't happen — that was avoided.
I kind of think most police departments don't have enough police officers to be able to avoid shooting disturbed people who threaten them. Ten to 12 police officers, a fire truck, and two ambulances prevented a tragedy.
North Rengstorff Avenue
As a 30 year Santa Clara resident, I am outraged that former Judge LaDoris Cordell said that she thought Brock Turner didn't need to go to prison because his victim was "highly intoxicated." If I shot or stabbed someone who was highly intoxicated would that mean I wouldn't have to go to prison?
I am disgusted at the way LaDoris Cordell and other lawyers have rushed to defend Judge Persky's unconscionable treatment of sexual assault and domestic abuse victims. They are just defending one of their own with no regard for women. It's really sad to see Cordell betraying other women this way but her ties to other judges and lawyers are more important to her than truth.
It's time for Persky to go. Women in Santa Clara County deserve a legal system that works for them when they need it most.
RV's in Mountain View
I applaud the city for its compassionate and proactive approach to the families hit hardest by the housing crisis: those living in RV's.
One fellow MV resident I spoke with was concerned about their childrens' safety when walking and biking to school along Shoreline Boulevard, a known area for RV dwellings. Their concern seemed to be rooted in an idea that a transient community is a dangerous one.
So I'm wondering, is there any known increase in crime along the RV corridors? My initial response was to say that these 'transients' are our neighbors, families, and perhaps classmates. But I just don't know.
I would encourage the MV Voice to investigate and report in this side of the issue. The city's compassion may be overshadowed if the larger community has unfounded fears of their less fortunate neighbors.
Thank you for humanizing this issue.
Voters will have a clear choice in the June 5th recall election.
When we vote to recall Judge Persky, we will send a resounding message that we will not tolerate our elected officials promoting a cultural climate of casually dismissing sexual violence and shaming victims of abuse.
Now that Angela Storey and Cindy Hendrickson are in the race to replace Persky, the stakes for women have been raised. We need more women in elected positions in this county, and what a symbolic opportunity this June's recall election will be to do just that. This June, we will be shouting to the world that enough is enough; we will be represented and we will be heard. Let's make June 5th a historic day for women.
Phuong Thao Macleod
Measure V is helping to keep Mountain View strong, diverse and vibrant! It was passed by the voters to stabilize rents because too many longtime community members were being forced to move away due to extreme rent increases. It provides for reasonable annual increases (tied to the Bay Area Consumer Price Index) while also permitting exceptions so that all landlords can receive a fair rate of return. Whenever an apartment becomes vacant, the landlord is allowed to charge the market rate.
The first two years' startup costs for Measure V are being paid by landlords through a modest monthly fee of $13 per unit. Cost to the city of Mountain View — ZERO! Don't be fooled by deceptive advertising. Measure V is good for Mountain View.
Alta View vet responds
My office represents Dr. Paul Ghumman in connection with the current issue with the Veterinary Medical Board. While Dr. Ghumman personally wishes to provide responses to the allegation made in your article ("Alta View Animal Hospital faces new state charges," Feb. 9), I have specifically instructed him not to do so.
It has been my professional opinion and practice, for over 20 years, that public press statements are not appropriate while a person is involved in any form of legal proceedings. Dr. Ghumman's failure to provide a response is the result of my direction and not a reflection of his inability or lack of a desire to rebut these assertions.
Dr. Ghumman has requested that I convey to all persons connected in any way to the matters reported in your articles his sincere wishes for their well-being.
Robert F. Hahn
Law office of Gould and Hahn, Berkeley
This story contains 1112 words.
Stories older than 90 days are available only to subscribing members. Please help sustain quality local journalism by becoming a subscribing member today.
If you are already a subscriber, please log in so you can continue to enjoy unlimited access to stories and archives. Subscriptions start at $5 per month and may be cancelled at any time.