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Council tackles 'ghetto' concerns

Original post made on May 1, 2009

Hoping to put to rest worries that an affordable housing development would lower property values downtown, a majority of the City Council on Tuesday voted in support of having professionals study the concern.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, May 1, 2009, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Mr. No No
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 1, 2009 at 11:28 am

Just say NO we don't need additional low lifes, crime, etc. etc. Alviso would be a better location, if they will have them.

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Posted by William Joseph
a resident of Shoreline West
on May 6, 2009 at 12:14 am

How about affordable housing for median-income folks? Why do we need to bring low income folks downtown? Put them on the other side of Central Expressway or 101. Wait a minute; why do we need more affordable housing anyway? There are already miles-long apartment blocks along California and Latham Streets. Build the downtown units for police officers, firefighters, teachers. Enough studies already.

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Posted by aj
a resident of another community
on May 6, 2009 at 5:42 pm

nimbys till the end i see; fighting darwin's theory of evolution on a social scale.

time has a way of evening the playing field.

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Posted by RP
a resident of Rex Manor
on May 6, 2009 at 9:49 pm

I agree with William Joseph - build affordable housing for police officers, teachers, nurses and firefighters.

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Posted by NS
a resident of Whisman Station
on May 7, 2009 at 7:28 am

I currently live in Whisman Station. I would be consider low income, but that does not make me a low life, scum or a crimanal. It's sad that you would judge a person or family by their income. I work for a hospital 80 percent of Mountain View resident go to, I am currently going to school to become a nurse. One of the people you would give preference to. It just shows that PREJUDICE still exist. To think my child goes to school with your children!!!

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Posted by joseph
a resident of Waverly Park
on May 7, 2009 at 11:55 am

The first question: What is the REAL goal of this housing project?

Second question: Who stands to benefit from this housing project beyond the residents?

Have the consultants answer the those questions truthfully before any other work is done. I suspect the council meetings would get a whole more interesting once those questions are answered and brought into public view...

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Posted by nonew housing
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 7, 2009 at 2:27 pm

Why do we need more housing? For more tax money because the counsils doesn't know how to manage what they already have. Spend spend spend, why not it's not there money, right. We are already over populated, there is also other issues, water, traffic, and a lot more... When will they learn to live within there means.

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Posted by R
a resident of Old Mountain View
on May 7, 2009 at 2:45 pm

There was an article on this proposed development in the Voice about 6 weeks ago that had a substantial discussion thread attached to it - it's too bad that can't be attached to this one because it might address some of the concerns and misconceptions people have.

To at least address several posters' points about housing for police, firefighters, and teachers --
The City's Below Market Rate (BMR) housing program has a system that gives priority to just those groups of people. From the City's website:
"In addition, the City Council has adopted a priority system for BMR units that gives first preference to the following people (in the following order):
1. Mountain View public safety employees.
2. Public school teachers who work in Mountain View.
3. Households who have lived in Mountain View for at least two of the last four years.
4. Households who have worked in Mountain View for at least two years."

For more info, see Web Link

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Posted by Fedup
a resident of Shoreline West
on May 7, 2009 at 5:01 pm

yeah BMR sure does support 1) public safety 2)teachers.... I have tried to no avail, to maybe be one of the "chosen". I have lived, in an apartment, and worked in Moutain View for twenty one years. Yeah my daughter and I would like to live in a house. Think we have earned it by now! We are not low lives, or scum. Yeah, I love spending my hard earned money on rent year after year, and have nothing to show for it. No one really cares! I say there is a definite need for more reasonable housing in Mtn View, for everyone. Think it should be like a lottery with tickets drawn. Just is not fair for the lower half of that list. Don't know what neighborhood I'm in exactly. Heck, I'm not even a color on "Mountain View's Map". I chose Shoreline West, closest to it.

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