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With $1M in federal aid, Mountain View pours more money into renter relief

Original post made on Nov 11, 2020

Faced with a prolonged pandemic wreaking havoc on the local economy, the Mountain View City Council agreed Tuesday to pour more money into renter relief and small business loans.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 1:31 PM

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Posted by Welfare for Landlords
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Nov 11, 2020 at 2:33 pm

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A few million dollars is peanuts.
& "Checks are made directly to landlords, and an average $2,000."


Posted by Steven Goldstein
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 11, 2020 at 3:10 pm

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I hope that Allison Hick proposes that all rents lawfully paid during the COVID be pro rated to the market rates and not the previous rent rates.

This will drop the rents by 38% given the latest Zumper reports found here (Web Link a One Bedroom apartment.

Or at the very least only provide the 25% rent amounts to those under the program so that more renters can access the benefits for a longer time.


Otherwise Allison Hicks correctly pointed out that by not doing so, the City is paying inflated rents out of federal, state, and local money.

Private landlords are NOT entitled to it.


Posted by Dan Waylonis
a resident of Jackson Park
on Nov 11, 2020 at 3:10 pm

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Perhaps some people don't realize that landlords need to pay their mortgages or costs as well as renters? And the banks are much less likely to be as forgiving. A much better answer is for the draconian business limitations passed by Newsom to be repealed. Residents can choose the level of risk that they're comfortable with and can continue to practice best practices for staying healthy AND interact with businesses and customers.


Posted by Steven Goldstein
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 11, 2020 at 3:37 pm

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In response to Dan Waylonis you wrote:

“Perhaps some people don't realize that landlords need to pay their mortgages or costs as well as renters?”

They have their Ellis Act rights to sell the property or go out of business, they are not ENTITLED to any SPECIAL treatment. You wrote:

“And the banks are much less likely to be as forgiving.”

the “BANKS” made the mistake of providing loans of properties which had inflated and manipulated property values that were not accurate. They are ENTITLED to correct for that problem. The “INVESTORS” or the “BUYERS” choose to take their ACTIONS and they are responsible for their own ACTIONS, not the City. You wrote:

“A much better answer is for the draconian business limitations passed by Newsom to be repealed.”

The problem with that is by statute both the Federal and State Public Health laws require RISK AVOIDANCE and not RISK MANAGEMENT so when you said:

“Residents can choose the level of risk that they're comfortable with and can continue to practice best practices for staying healthy AND interact with businesses and customers.”

In effect that is the worst FALSE logic I have ever heard. Unless all people will have to agree that they are both criminally and civilly liable for the injuries or deaths they cause. The WHOLE point of the PUBLIC HEALTH laws is to remove that responsibility. In order to do this, we would be required to prove 100% contact tracing and the ability to document the infection pathways. WE CAN’T DO THAT, AT LEAST NOT YET.


Posted by Steven Goldstein
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 11, 2020 at 3:46 pm

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OMG,

The latest COVID Blueprint update for Nov. 9, 2020 is out regarding Santa Clara County, we are now back in the Code Red state.(Web Link)

Its just a matter of time an announcement of the change will happen. The Adjusted rate went up .9 a relative change of 28% plus.

It is just a matter of time.


Posted by Tal Shaya
a resident of another community
on Nov 13, 2020 at 8:22 am

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"Residents can choose the level of risk"

I choose not to be put at risk by other people's lack of concern or sheer stupidity.


Posted by Steven Goldstein
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 13, 2020 at 11:09 am

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Given that COVID is raging out of control. THe Feds, State, County and City are GOING to be REQUIRED to extend eviction restrictions for a while.

The Disease itself even with the best projections will take 2 years to get under control if we get a vaccine TODAY.

The Jobs and Economy are predicted to not recover until 2024.

In fact Powell says our previous economic situation is now GONE for GOOD.

The City is going to have to do something in a short time.

And sorry but the "workers" nor the "businesses" in reality have no way to prevent it.

The City better get as much as $10 Million a year budgeted for rental assistance at the minimum per quarter, or many landlords will be out of business.

But I don't see how that can be arranged with the crash of revenues the City has.


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