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Three incumbents, three new faces pull papers for Mountain View City Council race

Original post made on Aug 8, 2022

The Mountain View City Council race is beginning to heat up with three incumbents and three newcomers pulling papers for the November election ahead of Friday's filing deadline.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, August 8, 2022, 1:26 PM

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Posted by BT
a resident of Shoreline West
on Aug 8, 2022 at 2:26 pm

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I want to better understand the positions of all who are vying for election to the City Council. The issues most dear me are the crazy, seemingly uncontrolled expansion of housing being built and the insane RV situation throughout our city. I think we need changes in the council depending on the candidates positions on those issues and they will likely determine who I will vote for in the upcoming election and in future elections.

Posted by Free Speech
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Aug 8, 2022 at 3:11 pm

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I'd vote for virtually anyone who is not already on the council. What a useless lot the current councilors are.

Posted by DrJKL
a resident of North Bayshore
on Aug 8, 2022 at 3:28 pm

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Hey Free Speech,

What would you like them to have done that they haven't?

Posted by Concerned
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Aug 8, 2022 at 4:43 pm

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I agree with BT. RV’s and housing are the issues.

While a lot has been accomplished the RV situation is getting worse. Oversized vehicle ordinance aside, many of these vehicles are not roadworthy, lack tax, insurance and sanitation. Allowing people to live without running water, sewer and electricity is a disgrace. If these were homes they would be condemned!

I am supportive of expanding the housing stock but building rentals and little owner occupied housing is not the way to go. We need more balance to have a healthy community with roots.

Posted by Local
a resident of Martens-Carmelita
on Aug 8, 2022 at 10:35 pm

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I agree that the residents of MV have run out of patience with these three - and their lack of action for a solution to the RVs on our streets. Many RVs are continuing to leave trash and sewage, commit petty crime, and contribute nothing to our local taxes. Voters passed Measure C that would help those - who wanted help - to have "safe lots" with trash and sewage removal, provide security, and would link them with Community Services Agency to work toward housing. The enforcement date has been continuously delayed and these three candidates voted to delay it! We need Council that will be representative of the residents vote, and these three are not.
I hope the three who have taken out papers will run for Council, as we need people who will take action and represent the voters who voted to close down street living and all the health and crime problems. Encourage your friends to run and file by August 12th!

Posted by cc-r
a resident of North Bayshore
on Aug 9, 2022 at 8:19 am

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For those who are complaining about the RV parking "problem" on the streets of Mountain View, please remember as the ban is being held up in court, it is not a situation that the present council members are able to resolve. Seems a bit of a "not thought out whining" to blame them...saying they have done nothing, this is a problem also outside of Mountain View, take a trip down to Los Angeles and visit Skid Row.......see MV Online story "With Mountain View's parking ban tied up in court, a construction project is pushing inhabited RVs off of Crisanto Avenue
Original post made on May 23, 2022"

Posted by MV neighbor
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 9, 2022 at 2:51 pm

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It is true that enforcement of the oversized vehicle ban is hung up in court, but two of the three incumbents consistently voted against any kind of ban. It is important that the positions of all candidates be clearly examined.

Posted by MV Resident
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 9, 2022 at 9:20 pm

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Lucas Ramirez unnecessary spent $50,000 having the logo for Mountain View redesigned. Mountain View has also become the dumping ground for hardcore homeless in RVs.
If you feel the RV homeless have a right to park on the streets then surely you can't be against the less fortunate homeless who don't own RVs but do have tents. Will you allow the tents to be put up on sidewalks?

Posted by Jeremy Hoffman
a resident of Monta Loma
on Aug 9, 2022 at 9:54 pm

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To summarize the above comments:

1. People living in RVs is absolutely unacceptable.
2. House building is out of control. Infill development (which the IPCC says is one of the best ways for cities to reduce carbon emissions per capita!) of affordable homes, including rentals, is unacceptable. Only luxury, low density, low-efficiency ownership housing should be permitted.

I gotta laugh to keep from crying.

I wholeheartedly support Lucas Rameriz for his even-handed, forward-looking approach that balances the needs of all members of our community.

Posted by MyOpinion
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Aug 9, 2022 at 10:36 pm

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The city council’s solution to the squalid conditions we see with many of these RVs is to keep moving them around. Now business owners on streets like Pioneer Way just need to deal with it. The city ignores the health & safety issues. The July 22 knife fight at 3am involving RV ‘resident’ did not make headlines did the Voice report it at all???? Residents have had enough!!!!! .

Posted by MyOpinion
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Aug 9, 2022 at 10:40 pm

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I am NOT voting for any of the incumbents. They do not represent me. Jury is out on the newcomers. Unless they are established MV residents in support of cleaning up this city, they are out too.

Posted by MyOpinion
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Aug 10, 2022 at 9:38 am

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How many members of the City Council have actually WALKED down Continental Circle? And how many have been INSIDE some of these squalid RV's? An abandoned shopping car with a bag of fast food trash, a stack of 3 five gallon buckets and a waste basket with a plastic bag liner was on the sidewalk in back of PAMF. Is this their solution for dealing with human waste? I wonder where that is getting dumped? It looks like an attempt was made to clean up some of the encampment that was starting near the sound wall closest to PAMF, so that resulted in those same RV's moving further down Continental Circle only to start a trash pile at that end. The council ignores public health & safety, Not voting for any incumbent. Needless to say Simitian is all-in for the incumbents, so he can continue to use Mtn View as the county's safety net destination, not Palo Alto, where he lives.

Posted by Nora S.
a resident of Rex Manor
on Aug 10, 2022 at 10:26 am

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I would like to see the positions of the candidates on traffic safety issues, especially in light of the recent death of the middle school student as he was biking to school. Why have there been no bike-safety improvements made in the months since then? The summer would have been a perfect time to implement changes.

Posted by ivg
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Aug 10, 2022 at 10:42 am

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Right, NIMBYs, keep raging. See you at the polls.

Posted by Alex Nunez
a resident of Shoreline West
on Aug 10, 2022 at 1:41 pm

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Glad we have three great incumbents to vote for. Thanks to them for making this year's choices so easy!

Posted by Johnny Yuma
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Aug 11, 2022 at 4:09 pm

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I want fresh faces. I'm tired of the pro-growth council representatives who resist and refuse to consider quality of life in Mountain View. As it is now, this city is headed for high-rise buildings and greater gridlock traffic. Enough is enough.

Posted by Steven Goldstein
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 14, 2022 at 3:13 pm

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What I understand is this.

The new rules in effect require any candidate to disclose where donations are coming from, and that means if any group like the California Association of Realtors of the California Apartment Association has to be disclosed, those candidates KNOW they are not welcome in the city of Mountain View.

It makes you think what it will be like when Lisa Matichak and Margarete Abe Koga have to step down, who will get their places?

The new rules are CLEANING UP the politics of Mountain View, GOOD WORK MOUNTAIN VIEW

Posted by Robin
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Aug 16, 2022 at 1:31 pm

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