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Guest opinion: A comprehensive approach to addressing homelessness

Original post made on Apr 11, 2019

In a guest opinion, Mountain View City Council members Margaret Abe-Koga and Lucas Ramirez write about the need for a regional approach to address homelessness.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, April 11, 2019, 9:25 AM

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Posted by Billy Bob
a resident of Bailey Park
on Apr 11, 2019 at 2:19 pm

Thank you Mountain View city council for more than doubling the RV population and for increasing the crime and lowering the quality of life in our city . We will take note next election. They say they are leaders they are sheep only after Berkeley and Santa Barbra passed RV bans did Mountain View get on board. 18 months to take effect are you kidding me.

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Posted by Time for change
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 11, 2019 at 4:44 pm

I appreciate the well thought out opinion piece that tries to take a measured approach instead of the knee jerk reactionary responses on both sides of the issue, but we’re seeing the limits of trying to be humane but not having any plan to resolve it. We realize this RV problem in particular can’t go much longer and we’re almost exactly where we were before.

The elephant in the room in this article is that buying time like we’ve done does not help if you’re not using that time to fix the problem because from the start it was clear the voters won’t let RVs stay for long so the question always was can you do something quickly to resolve it. The answer we know see is “no”.

So now we’re out of time and it’s clear we need the RVs gone right away and waiting another year like you’ve proposed isn’t viable. If they stay next year me and the other residents will have to vote for someone else. Not became of the homeless problem but because you wore down our patience and kindness and we’re pretty much where we started.

It’s not your fault for trying and failing entirely, because it can’t be fixed by Mountain View alone. If we had cheap RV parks and people actually would use them (apparently, they won’t we now know) the people next door will just start their cars or RVs and drive down here.

Good political reps know what their people want and we’ve pretty clear that waiting 12 to 18 months more is unacceptable. Read the tea leaves.

23 people like this
Posted by Issue permits to stop influx
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Apr 11, 2019 at 4:52 pm

Issue permits to stop influx is a registered user.

Kudos to the council for taking action, however as is usually the case with the City, needs to move much faster, they need to stop the influx of vehicles.

Proposal: As a first step (now) require any RV parked on city streets to apply for a permit. Permits would be available now through an established deadline (June 30 for example). After the deadline any RV without a permit needs to leave, if they do not have a permit it would indicate either they refused to apply for one, or they arrived here after the deadline. This process would stop the influx. If they do not stop the inflow the city will be dealing with hundreds more vehicles 18 months from now.

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Posted by Won't Matter
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 12, 2019 at 10:15 am

18 months from now they will all be illegal, no matter how many come in before that.

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Posted by Sophie Mutter
a resident of The Crossings
on Apr 12, 2019 at 1:28 pm

Sophie Mutter is a registered user.

Even places with most liberal influences like Berkeley bans the RV. Why Mountain View city council wants to wait for 18 months? Do you expect Mountain View becomes a dumping ground of RVs from all over the Bay Area?

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