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Rent Control Off the Table in Mountain View—For Now

Mountain View residents at a City Council candidate forum earlier this month in which no one—except residents—supported rent control. (Photo by Harry Who)

Mountain View has no rent control, leaving many long-time residents feeling helpless as housing costs have skyrocketed. While the city has subsidized construction of hundreds of affordable units since 2005, using below-market-rates in lieu of fees from developers, it’s not doing enough to meet the needs of thousands of residents struggling financially, according to housing activists.

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Rules Committee Discusses Ways to Incentivize Seismic Retrofits

A soft-story building that collapsed during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. ( Photo via J.K. Nakata, United States Geological Survey)

When the next big earthquake strikes, hundreds of buildings in Silicon Valley are prone to collapse. Yet unlike other major Bay Area cities that have adopted policies to incentivize seismic retrofitting—namely Oakland, San Francisco, Berkeley and Fremont—San Jose has done nothing to fix the problem. A group of City Council officials want to create a program, similar to those in Oakland and San Francisco, encouraging property owners to make their buildings sturdier.

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