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on Nov 13, 2013
Mountain View could use a high class hotel. The location is near NASA and Google so it will have high usage. The additional $2 million in annual revenue will be welcome.
It is good to see Jac Siegel, Mike Kasperzak and Mayor Inks in agreement. The City should keep its nose out of Management- Labor negotiations. Collective bargaining falls under the Federal National Labor Relations Act. Mountain View City Council does not have the jurisdiction to compel private businesses to acquiesce to Union demands. Margaret should stick to improving VTA performance.
Konrad is right; Mountain View needs more hotel rooms. A visiting co-worker recently had to choose between staying in Oakland or Santa Cruz because all the hotel rooms around here were full. Forcing visitors to do that is not helpful to them, or good for our traffic situation.
I agree that we could definitely use a few more medium to upscale hotels here in Mountain View and I think the location is excellent for that purpose. The only major concerns that I have is that there was a suggestion to connect that patch of land to the trail or perhaps even doing some work on the creek. I am not sure that these would be good ideas unless the TCE is completely removed. This early in, there is no way to know how much, if any, of the contaminated (or formerly contaminated) land would be exposed, but I think that there could be health concerns. For a project like this, I think paving and concrete are a good thing.
I also think card check would be a mistake as we lost the opportunity to have two prior hotels here for that reason. Card check takes away the ability to have a secret ballot which can make some people feel pressured or coerced.
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Mountain View could use an upscale hotel, however this site is too far from downtown to make it a plausible four-diamond hotel. A more suitable location would be downtown (like the Hotel Garden Court in Palo Alto), but there are no properties available (or no one interested in developing).
The typical Google or NASA visitor doesn't have the coin to shell out 400-500 dollars a night on a hotel room, which is why the Moffett Gateway property will probably be a three-diamond hotel (the Hampton Inn down the street is also three-diamond).
Mtn View 4 star = Wonderful view of 2 highways. Landlocked with no place to go, Gridlock traffic, let hope there will be 24 hour planes too.
One little problem: TCE.
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