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Guest opinion: Opportunity to constructively address our housing crisis

Original post made on Aug 26, 2021

In a guest opinion, Marilyn Winkleby, Mountain View resident and Stanford professor of medicine emerita, writes in response to the lawsuit challenging the city's RV parking ban with suggestions for how to address the housing crisis.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, August 26, 2021, 1:49 PM

Comments (7)

Posted by cuesta park neighbor
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 26, 2021 at 2:57 pm

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Well put!


Posted by bkengland
a resident of Whisman Station
on Aug 26, 2021 at 3:10 pm

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Thank you for writing the guest opinion, Marilyn. You covered so many of the key details here, and it's so important for local residents to understand the full picture on this. Many smart and dedicated people are working on what's needed, and I feel both concerned and hopeful as we move forward.

Posted by [email protected]
a resident of Monta Loma
on Aug 26, 2021 at 4:40 pm

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Thank you for the most informed commentary on the housing crisis that I have read in the local press. Though I don't have the same depth of experience as Dr. Marilyn Winkleby, I do have a close relationship with one family living in a safe parking lot--they are wonderful people we are lucky to have them in our community. I completely support the City's Safe Parking Program and Project Homekey, and believe that people should be able to stay there as long as they need to. I hope both programs can be expanded. I am proud to live in a city like Mountain View that has done so much more than surrounding cities, and I hope we can continue to be leaders in addressing the housing crisis.

Posted by Joan MacDonald
a resident of Monta Loma
on Aug 26, 2021 at 9:43 pm

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I so appreciate Dr. Winkleby's detailed, knowledgeable and compassionate review of Mountain View's homeless and RV residents' situations. Her column related the reality while awarding dignity to all involved. Clearly, we need More Safe Parking, More HomeKey and longer stays for all those who need it. We need to be in it for the long haul, not expect the crisis to disappear soon. Another welcome project is the conversion of the Crestview "Hotel" to a facility for other homeless Mountain View individuals. This facility will provide longterm housing together with in-house services and 24/7 on-site management providing security and safety for residents as well as neighbors — a win win for everyone.

Posted by Seth Neumann
a resident of Waverly Park
on Aug 27, 2021 at 9:36 am

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Safe parking is a great idea, and much quicker and less expensive than $1M per BMR housing unit proposed for downtown. Mountain View should do more of it. Now how about Palo Alto and Los Altos?

Posted by sfcanative
a resident of Whisman Station
on Aug 27, 2021 at 1:38 pm

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Los Altos didn't bring tens of thousands of out-of-town, out-of-state, out-of-country employees into their midst. Mountain View did! It's Mountain View's problem to solve. You want the company headquarters? You want the tens of thousands of employees pouring into your city? You get to solve the housing problem you've created for all of us!

Posted by Steven Nelson
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 27, 2021 at 3:12 pm

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Where do the upper level managers at Google and Linkedin reside? I think you will find (though I don't 'have the numbers') that there is a way-above-MR housing to jobs imbalance in LA and LAH. To many way-above median priced homes for the number of actual jobs. Opposite of MV problem. Jobs/homes
ratio too large.

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