Newsletter

Newsletter
 Volume III | April 1, 2017
 This newsletter strives to place jobs, housing and transportation into useful context for Mid-Peninsula residents. We search the local press for articles that feature stories on these and other topics of interest to individuals and families who make their home on the peninsula.
 THIS WEEK ON THE
SAN FRANCISCO PENINSULA 
News that Impacts Your Quality of Life
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Swept Away: Sense of Community 
In the month since floods devastated several San Jose neighborhoods, dozens of businesses in the region have opened their wallets to aid recovery efforts, but some of Silicon Valley’s largest employers — among them, Apple, Applied Materials,
Nvidia, Google, Oracle, and Facebook — appear not to have donated a dime to the primary relief fund.
Housing, Traffic Woes Stoke
Urge for Leaving
“It turns out that we were wrong about millennial preferences…wanting to live in a hyper-urban environment and raise families in a condo,” said Micah Weinberg, president of the Bay Area Council’s Economic Institute. “Millennials are putting off family formation, but when they have a family, they want what their parents had: a house on a nice lot pretty close to work.”
 What’s Up for $100/sf Lot?
 Serious fixer up!  Keep the R-1 zoning or not?  Charred home will be poster child case study for housing costs on the Peninsula.  Stay tuned for updates.
Apple is Not Out of Space
 Steve Jobs in 2011 unveiled new corporate headquarters, a four-story ring for 12,000 Apple employees in Cupertino.  “Six years and billions of dollars later, the amazing Norman Foster-designed spaceship, christened Apple Park, is nearly done.” 
 An ADU Near You? Change is a’ Comin’
 The California state legislature has passed a law removing much local control of Auxiliary Dwelling Units, also known as Granny Flats. Vancouver has been promoting Granny Flats since 2004. “And more that a third of Vancouver’s single-family homes now have a legal ADU.”   CityLab
 No room in popular MV Whisman schools … again
Hundreds of Mountain View families have grabbed a ticket and staked out a place in line, hoping for a spot in one of the Mountain View Whisman School District’s highest-performing schools. But the prospects for getting their kids into their preferred school… is looking worse than usual this year.   
Five-story Apartment Project Gets Icy Reception

A massive 240-unit apartment project … has become the latest flash point in Mountain View’s challenging path to dramatically grow its housing stock.  Taller and denser than anything currently in the area…… the new apartments….spurred an angry response from homeowners who would be living next to what they described as a towering monolith.
Mountain View Voice

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