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Guest opinion: The wrong solution to the housing crisis

Original post made on Mar 24, 2020

In a guest opinion in the March 13 issue, former Mountain View Mayor Lenny Siegel writes why he opposes state Sen. Scott Wiener's new housing bill, SB 902, which would require the upzoning of residential property throughout the state.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, March 21, 2020, 9:05 AM

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Posted by Rita Held Cartalano
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Mar 24, 2020 at 1:30 pm

Thank you, Lenny Siegel, for the your thoughts on state senator Scott Wiener's new bill SB 902 (Mar 13 print edition)). You are right on!


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Posted by Billy Bob
a resident of Bailey Park
on Mar 25, 2020 at 1:55 pm

Lenny your agenda is clear turn Mountain View into a slum . Having people live in RVs is no solution to the housing problem . You never addressed the issue that RVs have brought to the city human waste garbage they produce the crime rate that went up . You would never go for a ride along with the police to address these issues the city is having due to the Rvs that continue to flow into our city . You turned your back on the hard working taxpayers for your own agenda . Please do not vote for Lenny come November we need to move forward not open the door for every free loader.


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Posted by Gary
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Mar 25, 2020 at 2:36 pm

Well I suppose "Billy Bob" is somewhat on topic - even though the guest column does not refer to RVs. One response to RVs will be on the November ballot. It is a referendum challenging passage of an ordinance by the City Council that greatly limited where RVs could park. And Lenny Siegel has said he intends to run again for City Council. But on the more particular issue of state-mandated "upzoning" (for higher residential density) even throughout neighborhoods currently reserved for single-family homes and perhaps duplexes, that prospect remains a serious threat to those neighborhoods. City Councilmembers can help protect those neighborhoods from state-mandated upzoning by proposing other places for housing and by NOT ADDING JOBS at many times the rate of adding housing. Plus, City Councilmembers could be more involved in regional and state politics and propose and advance a statewide initiative limiting what the state legislature can do in this arena.


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Posted by The Business Man
a resident of Castro City
on Mar 25, 2020 at 4:03 pm

In response Billy Bob you said:

“Lenny your agenda is clear turn Mountain View into a slum .”

What evidence do you have to prove this conclusion? Granted RVs are not the best solution to the CRITICAL housing SHORTAGE in Mountain View. But Lenny Seigal had very little to do with it actually. Since most of the time 4 out of 7 City Councilpersons were “NIMBY” or would not allow any affordable housing to be built in the City and instead would only approve “LUXURY” housing. So let’s direct the attention to the REAL cause of the problem. You said:

“You turned your back on the hard working taxpayers for your own agenda .”

This is just a personal attack and deserves no response. You said:

“Please do not vote for Lenny come November we need to move forward not open the door for every free loader.”

Your conclusion that basically anyone voting for Lenny Seigal are for “free loaders” is amazing. Nothing but a character attack on any person that may consider voting for him in a public forum.

In response to Gary who said:

“City Councilmembers can help protect those neighborhoods from state-mandated upzoning by proposing other places for housing and by NOT ADDING JOBS at many times the rate of adding housing.”

Given the amazing mismanagement of the City Council I invite the state for making more mandates. Did you know that as much as 20% of the City of Mountain view is zoned as “planned community” but in fact are being used by industrial and commercial activity. Just understand that the City doesn’t actually have any “plan” for anything. You can see the proof by looking at the zoning map provided by the City of Mountain View right here (Web Link) You said:

“Plus, City Councilmembers could be more involved in regional and state politics and propose and advance a statewide initiative limiting what the state legislature can do in this arena.”

Actually the STATE government must take a more aggressive role to ensure that the citizens of California are EQUALLY treated the same under both the State and Federal Constitutions and ensure that all STATE law legal rights are not trampled on by local governments. Otherwise the both of them are not worth the paper they are printed on. Simply put, we must not allow local City Council corruption to prevent a citizens rights from being ensured.


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Posted by lenny panders while Mountain View burns
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Mar 25, 2020 at 6:25 pm

Lenny panders to Old Mountain View......"no Rv's in OMV, no to high density" in OMV. Everywhere else, is OKAY!
Lenny already lives on a narrow street.
Lenny has shuttle/RV blockades (traffic calming obstacles:) at almost every intersection in his neighborhood to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Lenny has bike lanes down Calderon (next to his home and along Shoreline Blvd near Eagle Park in OMV..
Lenny opposes Wiener for dense development near the transit center in Old Mountain View and around Old Mountain View in general. That "quid pro quo" should put a lock on the vote from OMV.

Next, lenny panders to the RV dwellers so long as they don't park in his neighborhood and he has seen that they may never park near him or his neighbors in OMV. Prefers high density in any other neighborhood other than his own. He doesn't provide any rental housing so he supports landlords subsidizing rents on their own dime. It's easy to pick on a few old landlords for votes from the many who rent.

Interesting political strategy for an old Stanford (didn't graduate btw) SDS guy, living the good life in OMV. Maybe there is a large, unknown SDS cell in Mountain View.

Lenny is the "Bernie Sanders" of Mountain. He's white, rich and revers socialism so long as it gets him elected or keeps him in the public eye. Berkeley had enough, Mountain View has had enough. Enough is enough.


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Posted by The Business Man
a resident of Castro City
on Mar 25, 2020 at 7:59 pm

In response to lenny panders while Mountain View burns.

It is easy to criticize others isn't it.

But what is your solution to the current CRITICAL and PERMANENT shortaqge of affordable housing in Mountain View?

I am tired of those just trying to attack others on character or personal grounds.

Time to show us solutions, treat us like Missourians.

Otherwise all your doing is just being a distraction.


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