Mountain View is historically an industrial suburb, planned around automotive transportation. Today, due to employment growth at Google and other tech companies, Mountain View faces a twin crisis in transportation and housing. The city is adopting a number of strategies to reduce the role of single-occupancy vehicles in our transportation system, as well as reduce the amount of vehicle miles traveled by commuters, but it is a challenge to make progress without worsening conditions for the majority of adult residents who still rely heavily on their own cars.
Lenny Siegel was an undergraduate in physics at Stanford University from 1966 to 1969, when he was suspended for his role in anti-war demonstrations. In 1969-70, he was a founding member of Grass Roots, which challenged Stanford’s land use policies as the source of the region’s jobs-housing imbalance. From 1976 to 1982 he ran unsuccessfully for Mountain View City Council three times. He served on the Mountain View Planning Commission from 1978 to 1980. In 2014 he formed the Campaign for a Balanced Mountain View, which that fall helped elect three pro-housing council members, including Siegel. This year he serves as vice-mayor.
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