By Mercury News Editorial Board | PUBLISHED: October 27, 2018 at 8:15 am | UPDATED: October 27, 2018 at 8:20 am Click here for a complete list of our election recommendations. No suburban city in the Bay Area has been more aggressive in attacking critical housing issues in the past four years than Mountain View. The City Council has added 2,500 housing units in the past four years and is on track to build another 10,000 housing units through its North Bayshore plan. It’s this kind of approach that gives the region the best chance of solving its housing crisis — arguably the biggest threat to Silicon Valley’s future.. Mountain View’s council also has managed its financial outlook to such a degree that it is the envy of other cities. Voters have a strong slate of six candidates to choose from on Nov. 6. This race boils down to a question of whether Mountain View will stay the course or take a different approach. Voters should reward incumbents Pat Showalter … [Read more...] about Editorial: Elect Showalter, Siegel, Ramirez to Mountain View council
Drew Costley Published 3:18 pm PDT, Friday, October 26, 2018 The Mountain View City Council voted 4-0 to approve a proposal for a new development that will include 144 units for school teachers and staff. Tech workers, government employees, artists and other former Bay Area residents express reasons other than housing costs for leaving the Bay Area.>>> less The Mountain View City Council voted 4-0 to approve a proposal for a new development that will include 144 units for school teachers and staff. Tech workers, government employees, artists and other former Bay ... more Photo: Courtesy Of The City Of Mountain View . . Photo: The Chronicle REASONS PEOPLE LEAVE THE BAY AREA High property taxes REASONS PEOPLE LEAVE THE BAY AREA High property taxes Photo: Michael Noble Jr., The … [Read more...] about Mountain View city council approves 144-unit teacher housing
By Kevin Kelly | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group October 19, 2018 at 6:30 am With the Mountain View City Council on track to make land use decisions that will affect the pace and the amount of development in the city for years to come, the candidates vying to represent residents all consider housing a top priority. Mountain View already outpaces other cities in the county in home construction and could see upward of 15,000 new rental and ownership units built in the near future. The council is exploring redeveloping three large portions of the city — North Bayshore, which includes the Google campus; East Whisman, which includes the Middlefield light rail station; and Terra Bella, bordered by Highway 101 and State Route 85. Excluding Terra Bella, which is still in the planning stage, these areas could also see nearly 6 million square feet of new office space. The six candidates in the council race — incumbents Lenny Siegel and Pat Showalter and … [Read more...] about Mountain View: Housing, pace of development top priorities in council race
By Lauren Hernandez Published 11:00 pm PDT, Thursday, September 27, 2018 Lavel Powell, 29, is accused of strangling and raping a woman in her vehicle in Mountain View on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. He is being held without bail in Santa Clara County Jail, according to the Mountain View Police Department. less Lavel Powell, 29, is accused of strangling and raping a woman in her vehicle in Mountain View on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. He is being held without bail in Santa Clara County Jail, according to the Mountain View ... more Photo: Courtesy Of Mountain View Police Department Photo: Courtesy Of Mountain View Police Department Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Lavel Powell, 29, is accused of strangling and raping a woman in her vehicle in Mountain View on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. He is being held … [Read more...] about Oakland man suspected of strangling, raping woman in Mountain View
By Letters To The Editor | PUBLISHED: September 6, 2018 at 7:21 am | UPDATED: September 6, 2018 at 7:25 am Will Mountain View tackle homelessness? I’m proud to live and work in Mountain View. A block from my house on Crisanto Avenue is one of the largest city-sanctioned homeless encampments in the South Bay. On any given day, there are 40 to 50 RVs bordering the well-utilized Rengstorff Park. Many park well over the 72-hour code limit, run generators and discard trash, creating unsanitary conditions in our yards. Small kids run into the road, and there is a documented increase in drugs and violent crime. We cannot let our kids play in our front yard, are picking up trash daily, and our property values are not keeping up with our neighboring cities. Frank WoodMountain View What do you think about this? What do your friends think? Submit your letter to the editor via this formLetters to the Editor … [Read more...] about Letter: Will Mountain View ever tackle homelessness?