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Council opts to lease site for hotel, office development

Original post made on Nov 19, 2013

The City Council decided Tuesday that a new hotel and office space would be the best use of a forested piece of city-owned property along Highway 101 at Moffett Boulevard.

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Posted by Downtown neighbor
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 19, 2013 at 4:32 pm

The marriage of the state and big business, right here at home in Mountain View.

Why would a city government take the people's taxes to buy and maintain public land? Certainly not to create something for all of the public to enjoy. No, a city should give the use of the public resource to a commercial developer who will give city council members large donations to get the project, and then keep giving the city government money as a lease. Should the city government give the lease money back to the taxpayers who paid for the land? No, a city should keep the money for the expansion of its powers. Oh, and since the "city"owns the land and leases it out, if the property continues to have TCE problems and maims people or costs big time in lawsuits or to reclean in the future, guess who pays for that? Not the city worker retirement fund, nor the election campaign funds, nor the developer, all of whom made money off of the deal, no it will be the taxpayers paying again, for the public property they were never allowed to use.

Ok, what else, hmmm, maybe we could get some unions involved.