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NASA Wind Tunnel
7/13/1999 Council Meeting
Letter of comment on NASA Ames
Aerodynamic testing program final environmental impact statement - A
Councilmember asked what their options for litigation are if NASA
disregards the City's comments.
9/14/1999 Council Meeting
Potential annexation of portions of
the Ames/Moffett complex/status of cooperative memorandum of
understanding. A Councilmember, responding to Mr. Wesley's comments,
clarified that the September 8 letter from NASA states that in the
event that the Federal Government decided to declare excess any of
the Ames Moffett complex property, including Moffett Federal
Airfield, Ames Research Center will provide the appropriate city or
cities with adequate notice so than an annexation process can be
initiated prior to a disposition or excessing process beginning for
the property. She noted that she feels strongly the the annexation
issue is a very important part of the MOU and to approve a "gutted"
MOU sends the wrong message to the community and gives the
impression that this is a meaningful document.
2/6/2001 Special Meeting
PRESENTATION BY U.S. ARMY CORPS OF
ENGINEERS REGARDING THE STATUS OF MOFFETT FIELD MILITARY
A Councilmember said she has a clear understanding of
what cannot be done in regard to housing, and she would like to find
out what can be done. She said that one of the contradictions in the
regulations is that property cannot be leased for more than five
years, but private housing contractors get 50-year leases. She said
the military legitimately does not know at this point what its
eventual need for the six-acre parcel is, and it is understandable
that they would not dispose of the property at this point.
Initially, she said the City was very interested in that parcel
because it is in the middle of the community and if the only way the
City could have ever acquired that parcel would have been for a
park, then it would not have been turned down. She said parks are
not desperately needed in Mountain View and housing is desperately
She expressed interest in finding a way to develop the
six-acre parcel for housing. The City desperately needs affordable
housing in the community, and the community is getting impatient
seeing the parcel remain vacant. She said the concern with
privatization is that once the housing contractor gets the property
and is given a 50-year lease, the local community is cut out from
access to that housing.
She proposed that the Council get the
military to designate the six-acre parcel as housing, then privatize
it, then contract it out to a local nonprofit as affordable housing.
She pointed out that if the Army Corps' first priority is the
military, that is important because she sees the military as an
important component of the City's affordable housing constituency.
But if the Army Corps does not need all of the property, then having
a nonprofit housing organization be the privatization contractor
opens it up to address some of the City's affordable housing issues.
A Councilmember said it was time to broaden the City’s thinking
beyond the property being surplused, and she suggested focusing on
working collaboratively with the military on projects that would not
involve surplusing the property to address the housing needs of both
the military and the City.
7/27/1999 Council Meeting
A Councilmember stated that she
wants to make sure that they do not lose their focus in regard to
the military housing at Moffett Field because when the Army Corps of
Engineers takes over, they will have the option to privatize the
housing, and she wants to make sure that it continues to be an
important community asset. She commented that plans to privatize the
housing would not be in the community's best interest.