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Letters to the editor: Sept. 7, 2018

Original post made on Sep 12, 2018

This week, letters to the editor about RV dwellers, the proposed new school in Mountain View and high school stadium lights.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 9:41 AM

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Posted by Phil Aaronson
a resident of The Crossings
on Sep 12, 2018 at 1:43 pm

I live near the Kohls site, and I sent my kids to BCS, though they have now mostly gone on to college and high school (my youngest is in 8th grade at BCS and will be going to the high school next year). Having a local school, be it a neighborhood school or BCS would be a tremendous resource for the neighborhood. I would have loved having a school, and weekend soccer games walking distance away and I certainly hope my neighbors will be able to enjoy such a resource for years to come.

BCS is the #1 charter school in the state, and where my children were educated. It would be disingenuous of me to not be thrilled to have it locally available. Applications to BCS will naturally shift to more from Mountain View because of its location, as fewer Los Altos and Los Altos Hills residents want to cross El Camino. Frankly LASD has always been much more focused on the needs of Los Altos residents and less so on other communities. BCS will be a good fit, if that's what they choose to site there.

Posted by Vote them out!
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Sep 12, 2018 at 2:27 pm

Come November 6, 2018 remember which candidates are for the RV dwellers, then vote them out.

Here is a list of candidates who are for these RV'ers staying.


Posted by Agree with NIMFY
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Sep 12, 2018 at 3:16 pm

Laws should be enforced. If law says 72 hours max, it should be 72 hours. Why police can pick and choose which laws to enforce?

Posted by Hmm
a resident of another community
on Sep 12, 2018 at 8:17 pm

My estimate is that way over 75% of the vehicle dwellers move their vehicles every 72 hours or even more often. Think back about that incident where the police interviewed the Youtube shooter sleeping in her car at Walmart. She was only there the one night. She was interested in a job at Youtube and that's what she told the police. She dumbly thought Youtube was with Google. So she just slept overnight at Walmart, and the police DID interview her. They left her to sleep though. This is probably happening a lot more than you appreciate. The cops know about these people sleeping in their vehicles. They are checking on the 72 hour thing in most places. You'd only affect maybe 5% of the vehicle dwellers if you stepped up the 72 hour enforcement. But it would cost a lot because you'd need to tow a lot of vehicles and that would take a lot of resources. You think these people are going to claim their vehicles? The ones that don't move for 72 hours are exactly the ones that wouldn't. And if there was more tight enforcement, they'd just do a better job of moving around. OK, so if there is a broken down vehicle somewhere then it might get towed, but how many are broken down? The 72 hour law doesn't really work with so many construction workers and others sleeping in their vehicle. It used to work back where there were still some affordable apartments around here, but those days are gone. People should blame it on the rise in apartment prices, and not on the lack of enforcement.

Posted by B. Bosco
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Sep 13, 2018 at 9:44 pm

Frank Wood, thank your for sharing your thoughts.

Agree with NIMFY; Did it ever occur to you that the Mayor and Council have instructed police to not enforce law when it comes to RVs in the city? If I recall Siegel staying in paper he wants to make MV just like “Berkeley”. Well, he’s doing a fine job of ruining what used to be a clean, safe city.

Vote them out!, thanks for listing the names. People need to know who is responsible for allowing MV to become dirty, thrashy and unsafe.

I’m waiting on a Hep C outbreak like they had in San Diego.

FYI- city council forum 9/26 4:00-5:00 at google - go and find out who will do something about this

Posted by @B. Bosco
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Sep 13, 2018 at 10:58 pm

You are correct. Mayor Siegel said about a month ago that he wants to turn Mountain View into the South Bath city of Berkley.

Do we really want that activism and so called "compassion" for people living in cars and next onto the sidewalks with tents and call them tent cities in Mountain View?

Posted by No more RVs = Got my vote
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Sep 14, 2018 at 6:01 am

If you don't have a SOLID plan for REMOVING the RV cities you will NOT get my vote.

No more reasons, no more excuses. If you don't want to get the RVs off our streets, we don't want you in office! Listen to the people, they havn't been silent, you've just been kicking the can down the road.

I'll be listening to all candidates as they spell out their plans for getting rid of the squatters. If they side step and sound like they don't have a plan to get rid of the RVs, we'll get rid of those do nothing, ignore the people council members.

Posted by The people responsible for the RV problem
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Sep 14, 2018 at 9:32 am

Please DO NOT re-elect these people. They have completely ignored one of the biggest quality of life issues in MV and one of the top concerns of anyone I've ever spoken with about it.

When the problem was just beginning, citizens sounded their concerns loudly.
The people below have done NOTHING and refuse to do ANYTHING to get the RVs off our streets. Now the issue is huge and they still sit on their hands.

If you hate how MV is turning into a mini Market Street, vote the people responsible for it out:



Posted by Inquiring mind
a resident of Gemello
on Sep 17, 2018 at 4:05 pm

Dear MV Voice
Please do your job and do a report on the RVs. Who are the people living in them? Do they own them? If not, who does own them? How much do the RVers pay in rent? If the RVers claim they own them, RVs cost a lot of money. How did they pay for them? Do the RVers have apartments/houses somewhere else? Even anecdotes would be helpful but a study of a number of the RVers would be much better. Thanks.

Posted by For Me, it's all about the RVs
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Sep 18, 2018 at 6:24 am

I refuse to vote for those posted here, who have perpetuated and increased this problem.

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