Mountain View Tenants Coalition

The finish line for signature gathering is here!

That’s right, we’ve got enough signatures to submit to the City Clerk! Over 7, 100! That doesn’t mean we don’t need every single signed petition that’s out there though! We need as big a safety margin as we can get.

Please turn in all petitions by 8 p.m. on Monday the 13th. You can drop them off at the parking lot at the corner of Church and Castro from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday. We will also come pick them up from you. Just  email us at mvtcmedia@gmail.com with a time and location.

Also, please join us Tuesday the 14th at 10 a.m. at City Hall when we turn the petitions in to the City Clerk! It’s going to be a historic moment! Don’t miss out!

 

Balanced growth advocates endorse MV’s rent control measure

Proponents of balancing the city’s job growth with adequate housing growth are now endorsing the rent stabilization (rent control) law proposed for Mountain View.

Both City Council member Lenny Siegel and the Mountain View Coalition for Sustainable Planning have endorsed the law proposed by the Mountain View Tenants Coalition, which does not impose any rent controls or restrictions on new housing development that would discourage new housing growth in Mountain View.

Siegel, also founder of the Campaign for a Balanced Mountain View, made the following statement:

“Everyone seems to agree that Mountain View and surrounding communities are suffering through a crisis of housing availability and affordability. Rapidly rising rents are the norm, and no-cause evictions are all too common. The continuing displacement of an unacceptable fraction of our population is destroying the fabric of our community, as we lose service workers, moderate income employees such as teachers, long-time civic volunteers, and students working for upward mobility.

“Mountain View is approaching consensus on the long-term solution to our housing crisis: building more housing near employment centers and transit. However, unless we limit the rate of rent increases and protect tenants against arbitrary evictions, it will be too little, too late. Because the City Council has NOT adopted any enforceable measures to protect Mountain View’s tenant population, I support the initiative charter amendment.”

The Mountain View Coalition for Sustainable Planning issued the following statement:

“MVCSP endorses the initiative petition regarding rent stabilization that is being circulated by the Mountain View Tenants’ Coalition, and also the charter amendment that the petition aims to see included on the ballot for Mountain View voters in November.

“Our members want all residents to be aware of this grave threat to our social and economic sustainability, and want registered voters in Mountain View to be able to vote on this major issue affecting the city’s future. Renters, a majority of our population, are faced with challenges that the City Council has been unable to address adequately.”

Good news, more time for signature gathering!

After much discussion with the city attorney and our attorney, we have finally settled on an extended deadline for signature gathering. The result is that we now have until June 13 – and possibly June 15 if necessary – to get our signatures in to qualify our rent stabilization law for the November ballot. We needed to find a deadline that gave us as much time as possible to collect signatures while also also allowing city and county officials enough time to do their jobs, which include validating and counting the signatures. This is good news, because the extra time may enable us to hit our goal of 7,000 to 8,000 signatures. If you’ve been helping us, thanks for your support!!

Come sign our petition!

It’s a big job to gather 8,000 signatures so residents can vote on rent stabilization in November. Unfortunately state law prevents us from gathering signatures on the internet! That would be so much easier wouldn’t it?

If you have not yet had the pleasure of signing our petition or would like to help us gather signatures, here is where to find us:

  • Every Tuesday 6:30 to 7:30pm at at Church and Castro streets (St. Joseph Church lot)
  • Every Saturday 10:00 to 11:30 at Church and Castro streets
  • Every Wednesday 6:30 to 7:30 Rengstorff Park near the tennis courts
  • Sunday at the farmer’s market.

Keep in mind:

  • To sign requires being a registered voter in the City of Mountain View.
  • Signers can register to vote and then sign the petition immediately.