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Letters to the editor: Firearms dealer restrictions, remote learning, feeding those in need

Original post made on Apr 4, 2020

Letters to the editor on remote learning, the temporary closure of Eddy's Shooting Sports and concern about ensuring those in need have access to food during the coronavirus shelter-at-home order.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, April 4, 2020, 9:32 AM

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Posted by resident
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 4, 2020 at 10:04 am

With all the anti-Asian-American hate crimes going on these days, including violent assaults, I am not surprised to read that Asian-Americans are the largest group of first-time gun buyers these days.

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Posted by Gary
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Apr 4, 2020 at 12:10 pm

Former trustee Christopher Chiang is right to advocate remote learning. It has taken a viral pandemic to draw attention to the advantages. Eventually, it could be that fewer school employees will be needed. Bureaucracies resist change. But here is some good news. Voters approved another round of borrowing ($259 million) by selling bonds. The bond measure on the March 3 ballot did not promise how the money would be spent except broadly. One permitted use would be to focus on remote learning as an ongoing option or even as a new model. Covid-19 is one of an estimated 600,000 viruses in animals that could "jump" to humans with reckless practices around the world. When a virus - ignoring other threats for the moment - can be transmitted by close human-to-human contact, we will often need to learn and work remotely.

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Posted by @Gary
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Apr 5, 2020 at 12:33 pm

Problem with expanding remote learning, which I agree with, is the teachers union will never let that happen.

Another issue, we as a city needs to re-evaluate how dense we want to be, both housing and population.

We can never grow ourselves into lower cost housing by building to the extreme. Do we want to turn into New York with such a over crowed population that a little bug comes along and instantly infects everyone?

I would like to see a building moratorium for 3 years and lets engage the public in many open forum discussions and then develop a plan for the city, then lets vote on it.

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Posted by Gary
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Apr 5, 2020 at 1:31 pm

Good points. But there is another ongoing development (apart from the pandemic). High tech companies and developers want to build high-density housing in the nicest neighborhoods they can find and ruin. And they are working on STATE LEGISLATION to get their way. Even a city with its own constitution (called a "charter") cannot legally defy state housing laws under the current state Constitution's division of powers. That is why I raised 3 years ago and since the importance of proposing and passing a state Constitutional amendment that gives some power to cities (and counties) against the prospect of such far-reaching mandates under state legislation. One of the state power-grabs you surely read about in the last year was numbered Senate Bill (SB) 50. Its chief sponsor, State Senator Scott Wiener of San Francisco, is continuing to push legislation to "up-zone" most of California for more expensive, market-rate housing the corporations want for still more employees arriving from elsewhere. Maybe the current pandemic will promote working remotely and reduce the pressure for such high-density most everywhere. I have suggested that corporations be allowed to greatly expand only where there is room for adjacent new housing - but not OVERLOOKING YOUR BACKYARD. If high tech's agenda is not yours, finds and support candidates at every level that will work in opposition to that agenda. See LivableCalifornia online for discussions.

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Posted by Senior Citizen
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Apr 5, 2020 at 10:47 pm

I am a senior citizen living alone in a rental apartment, without any TV, Internet, WiFi, or mobile phone service. WiFi is my only lifeline to essential services, such as news, communications, healthcare, etc. WiFi was available inside the main building of my apartment complex, but the residents have been locked out of that building and all amenities since March 16. Other places with free WiFi, such as public libraries and the Senior Center, have also been closed.

I request the City of Mountain View to designate free metro WiFi as an essential service and, working with local technology and telecommunications companies, to provide it throughout Mountain View during the COVID-19 crisis, especially in three types of places:

1. In the parking lots and garages of City-owned or managed facilities (like the Senior Center).

2. In the parking lots and garages of shopping centers (like Grant Park Plaza) and health care facilities (like El Camino Hospital and PAMF).

3. In high-density residential neighborhoods, like the block enclosed by Continental Circle and Dale Avenue, where thousands of residents live (in apartments and motor homes or RVs).

Thank you.

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Posted by Christopher Chiang
a resident of North Bayshore
on Apr 6, 2020 at 5:50 pm

Dear the person who posted above, have you checked to see if there's is Comcast Xfinity which has been open to all during this crisis.

Select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available wifi and then launch a browser.
For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi
Details: Web Link

As long as any neighbor around you has a Xfinity home router, that router serves as a public access point, unless the customer actively turned it off. I hope MV can encourage all Comcast customers who actively turned off their public access setting to turn it back on during this crisis to help their neighbors (the default setting for customers is it's on, and it has no impact on your home network's security or privacy, please help students and senior citizens by keeping this feature on):
Info on turning on public access: Web Link

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Posted by Billy Bob
a resident of Bailey Park
on Apr 7, 2020 at 1:37 pm

No body wanted this virus including China . To hate some one from China is just wrong . Have we not learned from our past mistakes .

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