Rally for Housing Fairness at Mountain View City Hall

Rally at Mountain View City Council – Tuesday, July 1, 6:30 pm
For Housing Fairness

Opponents to Rally Against San Antonio Center Phase 2 Development

Contact: Lenny Siegel, 650-961-8918 lsiegel@cpeo.org
Website: http://balancedmv.org/

Supporters of the Campaign for a Balanced Mountain View will rally outside Mountain View City Hall (500 Castro Street, Mountain View) on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 6:30 pm to oppose the pending approval of the San Antonio Center Phase 2 Development proposal.

Following the rally, they will offer testimony at a public hearing, asking that consideration be delayed until the completion of the San Antonio Precise Plan, currently scheduled for late this year. They will also call upon the Council to replace the proposed office buildings with medium-to-high density housing above retail.

The San Antonio Center is located along San Antonio Road between California Street and El Camino Real. Merlone Geier Partners (MGP) is proposing to construct two office buildings projected to employ 2,500 people, a 167-room hotel, movie theaters, and no housing. MGP has also come under fire for its “elbowing aside” of the popular, locally owned adjacent Milk Pail market.

On June 18 Mountain View’s Environmental Planning Commission unanimously voted to recommend that Phase 2 be delayed and that housing be included in the plan. If the Council approves the development proposal Tuesday night and confirms that vote the following week, the Campaign will immediately begin collecting signatures for a ballot referendum. It needs 3,254 valid signatures of Mountain View voters within 30 days to prevent project implementation and place a measure on a special election ballot early next year.

The Campaign for a Balanced Mountain View was formed earlier this year to address the city’s worsening jobs-housing imbalance. Mountain View’s explosive employment growth-including expansion by tech giant Google-is aggravating a housing shortage that is driving up rents and home prices, forcing long-time residents to move out and making it difficult for new employees to buy homes in Mountain regional roadways.