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Council backs plan to retrofit apartments at risk of quake collapse

Original post made on Jun 9, 2019

The Mountain View City Council agreed Tuesday night on a plan to retrofit hundreds of aging apartment buildings considered at risk of collapsing in a major earthquake.

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Posted by Vacancy De-Control
a resident of Shoreline West
on Jun 9, 2019 at 6:44 pm

Don't forget that residential landlords affected by MV's rent control law are free to (and do) raise rents to market on lawful turnover. Increases for inflation are just the beginning. But passing through the cost of required upgrades over time to all tenants is also acceptable - at least compared to the landlord's proposal:

to repeal rent control completely and charge whatever the market will bear.


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Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 11, 2019 at 4:26 pm

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All the new construction workers: and no where to lay their heads at night. The RV residential property out near 101 (Lisa M. neighborhood) was closed down and developed into $1,000,000+ ownership condos several years ago..

Please support RV permit system / more lots w/ basic supports for temporary construction workers with jobs in this city. No 'sleeping in cars' is needed! Just more 'invest in the future'.

We got to The Moon a half century ago - surely the Councul can also have big dreams as Kennedy / NASA did.


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Posted by sfcanative
a resident of Whisman Station
on Jun 12, 2019 at 11:25 am

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Gosh, I'm having second thoughts about my decision to unload 50+ soft story apartment units in Mountain View. What's next? I know, force these already burdened landlords with an ordinance requiring fire sprinkler retrofitting too. What's the worry about the million dollar price tag? The genius CSFRA might even allow recovery of the expenditure over the next 30 years.


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Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 13, 2019 at 5:52 pm

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This retrofit /force and finance/ system is a very reasonable effort of public policy to keep less expensive residential units available on-the-market and do it with community enabled financing. This IS one of the ways the city (council and staff) are trying to keep the diversity of the housing stock = diversity of residents.

The MVWSD and city agreement on a teacher/workforce apartments also is a government-enabled-means of keeping the same diversity of our City residents. If you 'want only rich-people' around, move your rear to Los Altos or Los Altos Hills. (or join with some of our own Social Reactionary Councilmembers)


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Posted by @Steve Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jun 14, 2019 at 10:09 am

@Steve Nelson,

You said,

"This retrofit /force and finance/ system is a very reasonable effort of public policy to keep less expensive residential units available on-the-market and do it with community enabled financing."

The city staff has not been able to find financing options for landlords to do this. This was made clear at the council meeting, but staff is trying to find a source.

Right now, landlords will have to find private, Chase-Wells Fargo, etc, funding to do this work.


There should be no objection from any reasonable member in our community if any landlord wishes to exit the rental business because of the ever increasing costs, and rent control in our city.


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