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Mountain View debuts new council, picks new mayor

Original post made on Jan 9, 2019

It was a changing of the guard on Tuesday night as a trio of new city leaders assumed their seats on Mountain View City Council.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 1:47 PM

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Posted by ORR
a resident of Castro City
on Jan 9, 2019 at 2:30 pm

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Congratulations Lucas, my neighbor!

Posted by William Hitchens
a resident of Waverly Park
on Jan 9, 2019 at 3:12 pm

With the Gang of Three gone, I'm hoping for a new start. But since I'm a jaded realist, I'm expecting more of the same, just maybe a little more sane.

Posted by Diablo
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jan 9, 2019 at 3:19 pm

Congrats to Ellen, Alison and Lucas. All three had positions and backgrounds that resonated with me.

So, go out there and make us proud! To name just a few issues: smart growth (Alison), homes for middle income residents (Ellen), and aging in place (Lucas).

Posted by The Business Man
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jan 9, 2019 at 3:21 pm

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Just understand that the City Council hnas no choice to prevent net-loss housing plans.

They must provide inclusionary housing in every project as long as it is a multiple household plan (no single family homes as long as they are not in a single lot of land). This means 30% affordable to 120% AMI, 15% affordable to 80% AMI, and 5% to 50% AMI based on HUD housing affordability calculations.

They must have price controls are required to be sustained for 45-55 years.


Posted by Linda Curtis
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jan 9, 2019 at 4:25 pm

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Mayor Matichak has a most pleasant ring to it. We could not be in better hands. She understands what’s needed and what is not. She works hard to know all aspects in deciding issues. Her thoughts carry wisdom and insight. And Abe-koga always grows in her knowledge of our city’s needs and how best served. Kudos to both! Best ever combination of leaders for Mountain View.
And our three newly elected to the council are the most promising ever.

Posted by Katy
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jan 9, 2019 at 4:50 pm

Lucas and Hicks better realize that we want a change of direction for the city. We voted out Siegel and Showalter for a reason, it did not matter who was running for council as long as it was not the incumbents.

People who listened to Siegel's final speech last night thought that maybe he was ordering instructions to the new council what he wanted done. Be forewarned, do not go down that path, no matter how many people Siegel sends from his community activist camp, like Job Lopez, to the council meetings to demand action on his failed policy's.

Posted by marcos
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 9, 2019 at 5:17 pm

How about we finally take on the RV issue for once. Instead of coddling them, we need to have our streets back. Have you all walked Crisanto Avenue? If not, go by the RVs there. Smells like a sewer plant by the dirt walkway that run east of it by the train tracks.

Posted by Realist
a resident of Jackson Park
on Jan 9, 2019 at 7:11 pm

it should be obvious the incumbents were kicked out because they did not do a good job. The incoming rookies should realize that if they continue with the same nonsense, they will also be one timers.

Posted by Grumpy Minority
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jan 9, 2019 at 7:27 pm

No one can explain how the most virulently anti-vehicle dweller candidate, John Inks, lost in a landslide, an incumbent lost by less than 100 votes, and an incumbent's endorsed replacement won. Somehow, shockingly, the grumpy minority of voters in this city ignore facts to interpret this election as an endorsement of their hateful policies.

Posted by Secure the borders
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Jan 9, 2019 at 8:56 pm

The most important matter - a "crisis" if I understand it - is to secure the borders with Palo Alto, Los Altos, Sunnyvale and the SF Bay. A wall would be nice but other barriers could be considered. Meanwhile, the new City Council should vote to SHUT DOWN city government. Who needs it? All the employees will still be paid when the shut down ends. 2019 should be just GREAT!

Posted by Joseph
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 10, 2019 at 12:28 am

We are very happy Mayor Lenny got voted out. We met him so many times for our ADU issue he was not all sympathetic and not at all helpful.

Posted by Billy Bob
a resident of Bailey Park
on Jan 10, 2019 at 12:20 pm

Congratulations to the new council members please take notice Mountain View residents want and demand change not hot air. This city is clearly broke and need change now

Posted by Concerned MVer
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jan 10, 2019 at 5:12 pm

The 2 are gone, now we can move forward to rid our city of RVs.
Councilman Clark voted with Siegal and Showalter, so he better change his view or he will be facing the same voter dissatisfaction.

Get rid of the RVs now! Find a place for the RVs, but not on our residential streets, nor near our parks.

Posted by David
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jan 10, 2019 at 5:15 pm

I believe in order to battle homelessness in Mountain View the city needs to rally private organizations to buy up old commercial locations and convert them to very low income housing.

Or group housing that keeps security and privicy a high concern. Sunnyvale suffers from shelter dischantment. MV could benefit from rental units that are 2-3 hundred a month AND/OR hostel esque locations which can be paid for by night or longer durations.

Let's face it, homelessness is based on what's affordable and available. Also, It will also help to make drinking less popular as alcohol severly impairs your ability to earn money. Just a thought :)



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