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Mountain View City Council urges Google to help with homelessness

Original post made on Oct 6, 2019

To help address Mountain View's rising homelessness, Google officials are willing to cut the city a generous check. But donating an empty lot to use as a safe parking site for people sleeping in cars? That is off the table, they say.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, October 5, 2019, 8:55 AM

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Posted by John Caruso
a resident of another community
on Oct 6, 2019 at 5:45 am

I think the homeless issue is devastating. I'm a retired recruiter and all I see are high-paid technologist taking over Silicon Valley and squishing the hourly rate minimum wage person on the street because they can't afford their rents anymore because of the greed of the landlord's because they can get top dollar where is our Humanity. Google is an international company with its founders who are billionaires, they have created this problem and they should be offering Solutions that cover several hundred they shouldn't be skimping, what needs to happen is they need to be homeless for a few days and sleep in a car and have to beg for food then they would turn around quickly, God says we are supposed to love thy neighbor as thyself, Google you know you can do much much better the problem is people in the Silicon Valley are selfish when they need to be selfless. God bless you

Posted by Resident
a resident of Jackson Park
on Oct 6, 2019 at 8:50 am

I don’t think you can hold just Google accountable. The city’s council has given Google free reign for years with no consideration of the negative impacts its had on its residents.

Posted by Sherril
a resident of Rex Manor
on Oct 6, 2019 at 8:55 am

What are the chances the "temporary solution" proposed for the former Gold's Gym would be TEMPORARY? At the end of 5 years Google would come under serious fire for (and possivly prevented form) evicting the homeless and there would likely be no other solution in sight. I totally understand their position. There's no way that would turn out well. Google is not a social service agency.

Posted by John Caruso
a resident of another community
on Oct 6, 2019 at 2:02 pm

I do hold Google responsible because it has had a free reign on the city council and buying up propriety and Google is not a social service agency but remember it has billions of dollars and it has been helped in large part to its users and the city of Mountain View and they are just not doing enough coming up short for the thousands of techies they hire at Google Plex which pays high salaries compared to the minimum wage backbone people who are being pushed out buy high rents having to live in trailers or cars not because they want to but because the rents have doubled and or tripled and that is because of the large companies like Google, Facebook, Uber, twitter, Oracle, Cisco, Intel, Netflix and Apple just to name a few......When are we as a society going to stand up for our neighbors for what is right is right and what is wrong is clearly wrong for there is a huge imbalance in our silicon valley and its only getting worse if left unchecked, Blessings john~

Posted by A resident
a resident of Castro City
on Oct 7, 2019 at 8:15 am

Mountain View was a better town before Google.All the wealth influx has turned things upside down. Sure my house doubled but so what?

Posted by Daniel
a resident of Castro City
on Oct 7, 2019 at 8:26 am

Two½ part problem. One available space. Two cleanliness. So you find locations and turn space into temporary mobil home parks with few things included trash water and health and well ness along with job training so these people can become those high wage earners if work (visas are good enough to hire then good old American blue colarworkers should be too)and relocation services.seams easy and controlled. But the second part of the cleanliness is the out right ugly and dirt dirty appearance of the Rv itself
If your gonna take these programs as a way of life and transition then take a professional stance and up keep the vehicle and mobility of the vehicle. Really what Google should be doing is helping people with employment first and foremost and with that relocation will follow.
If google hires me with no experience and put me through a payed apprenticeship And asked me to relocate to another location why not. What needs to happen is what's right. Dont deal with a problem improve upon what makes it. All of us can stand together and weed out bad growth by planting good growth. Oh and that ½ thing is permitting this will be a yearlong permit with vehicle and employment checks that are directly funded by the program users. You are no longer paying rent electric and water garbage so you can afford this $2000 a year program and if you dont want to then we gotta move on.

Posted by Aha
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Oct 7, 2019 at 1:40 pm

@Daniel, Google sucks in the most qualified talents in the Valley.
A lot of workers in mid tier companies would like to be hired by Google.
And here you are, asking them to hire some random people from the street.

Posted by Dan Waylonis
a resident of Jackson Park
on Oct 7, 2019 at 3:22 pm

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Perhaps if the city was not expending so much on the healthcare and pensions of safety officers and public employees, they'd have sufficient funds to help the homeless. The city needs a wake up call to get their expenses in line. It should NOT be requesting private industry to perform the city's tasks.

Posted by Don Keedick
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Oct 8, 2019 at 1:15 pm

Don Keedick is a registered user.

Not a fan of the Goog, but the council really asked them to donate a lot? Pathetic

Posted by MV Resident since 1963
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Oct 8, 2019 at 7:28 pm

MV Resident since 1963 is a registered user.

Yes, lets spend more money on it.
San Francisco has been spending $37,000 per homeless person for years now. Has their homeless problem improved?
What no one is willing to discuss is how many of the homeless are drug addicts. First make it illegal to possess drugs, then they can be arrested and put into drug rehab.
Also, change the law so shoplifters are subject to arrest instead of tying the hands of the shop owners and the police when the drug addicts walk out of the stores with merchandise to sell to support their habit.
As long as it is easy to be a drug addict with all your needs taken care of, why improve yourself?
As to housing being too high, the bay area has some of the highest housing costs in the country, so why are the homeless here?
California has 1/2 of all the homeless in the country, because there is a very lucrative "Homeless Industry" that is filling the pockets of many entrepreneurs that are doing everything they can to INCREASE the homeless population, which results in a bigger budget for them.

Posted by Sophie888
a resident of The Crossings
on Oct 9, 2019 at 7:48 pm

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Google is not a charity, they should not be held responsible to solve homelessness in Mountain View. Our city council should work with charity, NGO, community services to address it, more important, enforce law to protect residents’ interests firSt.

Posted by Jake
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Oct 10, 2019 at 9:53 pm

Jake is a registered user.

You report that "Google is not a charity" True. It is a government-created profit-seeking entity operated for the advancement its top managers and board members. The corporate bigwigs at Google do not care about anyone in the community - except its employees. And even its employees can be easily replaced.

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