Citizen’s Group Files Initiative in Mountain View to Modify and Enhance the 2016 Measure V - Measure V Too Costly
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March 30, 2018

Media Contact:
Laura Teutschel, Spokesperson
Measure V Too Costly Coalition

Citizen’s Group Files Initiative in Mountain View to Modify and Enhance the 2016 Measure V
Enhancements protect taxpayers, renters and housing providers

Mountain View, Calif. Measure V Too Costly, a coalition of Mountain View taxpayers, renters and housing providers, filed an initiative with the City of Mountain View on March 30 to modify and enhance the City’s overly restrictive rent control policy, also known as Measure V.

“Since its adoption in 2016, it’s become abundantly clear that Measure V has failed to live up to the promises that its proponents sold to voters,” said Bryan Danforth, a Mountain View homeowner and housing provider who has watched Measure V carefully. “Since 2016, homelessness is up, affordable rental units have been taken off the market, there’s dissension in the community and Mountain View taxpayers are left to foot the bill.”

The initiative filed with the City of Mountain View on March 30 does five things:

  • It places common sense limits on the unelected Rental Housing Commission, including a prohibition from paying themselves a salary. It prohibits the Commission from making funding demands from Mountain View’s General Fund without City Council approval. The measure requires the Commission to be more transparent and accountable to Mountain View taxpayers.
  • It allows housing providers to more quickly evict tenants who engage in criminal behavior, or tenants who cause willful property damage or dangers to their neighboring tenants.
  • It helps retain rental property availability which benefits renters and helps cut down on the resulting consequences of property sales due to the bureaucracy and expense Measure V creates for small housing providers.
  • It protects low-income renters from unfair rent increases.

“We filed the initiative to fix the inherent flaws within Measure V,” said John Inks, former Mountain View mayor. “Measure V was proving to be too costly for Mountain View taxpayers and was jeopardizing the City’s General Fund, which are critical to Mountain View’s public safety and infrastructure budgets.”

The first step in filing an initiative is that the City Attorney must issue a Title & Summary for the initiative. The City Attorney has 15 days to issue that Title & Summary. Then a notice to circulate the initiative for signature gathering must be published in a local newspaper. Once that notice is published, signature gathering may commence. Because this initiative would be a charter amendment to the City, 15 percent of the total registered voters must be deemed valid by the County Registrar.

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Download PDF: 180330 Mountain View Initiative Filing Press Release