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Mountain View mayor pledges to leave no one behind during the pandemic

Original post made on Feb 2, 2021

The annual transition in Mountain View's leadership has been anything but normal this year. Shortly after being sworn in over Zoom, Ellen Kamei found herself taking emergency public health action amid a global pandemic.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, February 2, 2021, 1:05 PM

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Posted by Dan Waylonis
a resident of Jackson Park
on Feb 2, 2021 at 3:12 pm

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Mountain View has the same issue as the other cities have all had for the past two decades. The burdensome and restrictive building process has discouraged all but the most ardent of developers. Until supply is allowed to reach demand, any meddling (e.g., rent control) will continue to have the same negative effect that it does everywhere else.

Posted by Seth Neumann
a resident of Waverly Park
on Feb 2, 2021 at 3:21 pm

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seems to me that rent control is just the latest no-growth tactic: if you can't stop growth just make it so unattractive to developers that they won't develop here, meanwhile tear down existing rentals and redevelop them as for-sale housing. Owners feel that being in a community of owners (as opposed to renters) will be better for property values and with Mountain View prices, real estate here is a substantial part of any owner's portfolio. Since the for sale units tend to be larger, especially post pandemic with home offices etc, rent control will restrict supply. Rent control is good for the few that are able to lock rent control in, but not helping the housing shortage at all.

Posted by Lenny Siegel
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 2, 2021 at 5:50 pm

Lenny Siegel is a registered user.

On the contrary, Mountain View proves that well-designed rent control does not discourage the development of new apartments. Take a look at all the new and under construction buildings in town.

On top of that, the City is about to approve - I hope - Google's proposals for building nearly 9,000 housing units on its property. 20% of those will be be subsidized (below-market).

Mountain View's strategy of creating complete neighborhoods, with housing, office, retail, open space, transportation, and schools on previously commercial properties is leading the Bay Area. Let's work together to make sure this happens.

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