In an event sponsored by a coalition of residents concerned with the Mountain View's housing problems, a San Francisco-based group is coming Monday, June 16, to present ways to bring affordable housing back to Mountain View and the region.
Egon Terplan of San Francisco-based SPUR -- a 113-year-old housing and tenant advocacy organization -- is set to speak on Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Adobe building at 157 Moffett Blvd. The event is sponsored by the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce, the Mountain View Coalition for Sustainable Planning, Peninsula Interfaith Action, Friends of Caltrain and the Campaign for a Balanced Mountain View.
There is growing interest among San Franciscans in Mountain View's housing shortage, now seen as driving factor in the gentrification of San Francisco, symbolized to many by Google's white commuter buses taking employees between Mountain View and San Francisco.
"Housing is a regional problem, but it doesn't mean any one city can step back and say, 'We don't have any responsibility to the rest of the region,'" Terplan told the Voice, addressing a sentiment expressed by some Mountain View City Council members and council candidates.
SPUR is known in San Francisco for advocating new zoning to allow adequate housing growth to meet demand and lower housing prices along with supporting a host of other projects, such as experimenting with various building types to reduce development costs, increasing subsidized housing and transit-oriented development, and empowering regional organizations such as the Association of Bay Area Governments to provide incentives to cities to build adequate housing.
More information is at spur.org.