Why are council policies forcing some small businesses out of business?
Why did the council approve substantially reduced parking requirements for these new buildings, plus park-in-lieu deals for some developers, instead of requiring adequate parking for all new buildings?
Why is there a lack of parking in the downtown area?
Why create congestion through the narrowing of El Camino Real (Grand Boulevard project) and Castro Street to two lanes to force residents to ride buses and bicycles?
Why pass the unnecessary animal ordinance?
Why is the council trying to Manhattanize the city, which creates canyons of buildings throughout our town?
Sadly, all of these issues apply not only to Mountain View, but to the entire Peninsula.
Here are more questions:
How will people shop for groceries on bicycles or get to doctors' appointments without cars? How will people with disabilities get around? How will mothers take their children to school and activities? How will CEOs get to board meetings?
If you say they will take public transportation, we have no viable public transportation. VTA is not the answer. They are chronically late, do not have routes into residential areas and are not green.
Why do the citizens of Mountain View and the Bay Area have to fight our so-called representatives to keep our quality of life? Why are cities allowing the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) to continue this insane onslaught of development? Why aren't you fighting against ABAG's so-called requirements? Why is there a push to make Mountain View and the Bay Area like Manhattan, Los Angeles, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Manila, and so on?
What we can learn from looking at these huge cities is that fast-track development with no forethought to real future impact does not work. People are "escaping" their crowded, over-populated, over-priced cities to find a better life in Mountain View and the Bay Area. Why are you so hell-bent on re-creating one of these dysfunctional cities?
Please do not create the same city mismanagement you see around the world. Globalization was supposed to be a positive creation, not a negative one. There is nowhere to go once you have chosen to "sell out" our communities. Psychological studies have proven over and over that when more people are stuffed into a limited space, the results are more violent crime, health concerns, and the great divide between the rich and poor increases. Why do you want to create this in Mountain View and on the Peninsula? This is neither green nor sustainable.
Help us understand why you are not putting a stop to this deluge and not representing your constituents.
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