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Does city give a hoot about owls? Audubon Society calls for preserve at Shoreline site slated for ball fields By Daniel DeBolt
ith the burrowing owl as its poster child, the Audubon Society has started a campaign to make Shoreline Park into an owl preserve, and hopes to halt development of two playing fields planned to go on 12 acres of owl foraging grounds there. The campaign comes as a surprise to the city’s youth sports leagues, which have been waiting hopefully for the long-sought-after
Twi-hards come out for ‘New Moon’ Teen girls, older women admit love for the latest ‘Twilight’ movie By Kelsey Mesher
cross the country last week, die-hard fans of the vampire saga “Twilight” flocked to theaters for the latest installment of the film series, “New Moon.” The Associated Press reported that after midnight showings early Friday morning, “New Moon” had See twi-hards, page 11
Shoreline ball fields ever since the City Council signaled its support for them in January of last year. As of press time, 150 people had signed an Audubon Society petition calling for a “large and contiguous burrowing owl preserve to protect and enhance (the) burrowing owl’s natural habitats” at Shoreline. The local Audubon chapter is advertising the campaign on its Web site (www.scvas.org), and members have been writing letters to City Council members, posting on the Voice’s Town Square forum and advocating for a preserve during General Plan hearings. “We want more than policies, we want a dedicated preserve,” said Shani Kleinhaus, environmental advocate for the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, a local chapter of 3,000 bird lovers and bird watchers. “It’s time Mountain View, in its 2030 General Plan, looks at nature preservation as a high priority.” The owls are a California “species of concern” that live in squirrel holes at Shoreline Park. There were once hundreds of the owls on the Bay’s shoreline, Kleinhaus said, but she now believes there are now fewer than 40 pairs in Santa Clara County. The 500-acre landfill turned regional park was home to about 14 owls on Monday, according to a count by Phil Higgins, a cityemployed biologist who counts the owls every week. Higgins pays particular attention to their numbers during the spring breeding season. This year, he said, there were three mating pairs and 10 chicks; the highest number counted was during the spring of 2003, when See owls, page 9
Patri Friedman, executive director of The Seasteading Institute, in his office located on University Avenue in Palo Alto.
The biggest idea ever floated Mountain View resident Patri Friedman — Milton’s grandson — wants to start his own country, on the sea By Daniel DeBolt
atri Friedman believes that some day humans might live on platforms in the middle of the sea. The Mountain View resident is so dedicated to the idea, in fact, that he received a half-million dollars from PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel to study it further. So with Thiel’s gift as seed money, Friedman quit his job as an engineer at Google in 2008 to start The Seasteading Institute with co-founder Wayne Gramlich. The 33-year-old is the grandson of famous libertarian economist Milton Friedman, whose philosophy he largely shares. But in a Silicon Valley twist, Friedman believes technology will play a significant part in
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convince people, if we can invent this technology to build cities on the ocean, it will increase competition between governments” and fix many problems. He envisions small communities, or countries on prefabricated platforms, where switching citizenship would involve simply floating from one platform to another. Currently, he said, “you have to win a war or an election or a revolution” to start your own country, “which is just ridiculous.” What began as a part-time interest for Friedman is now a full-time job. He employs three staffers and three interns, who spend their work days in a Palo Alto office generating ideas about how to sustain sovereign See friedman, page 12
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HE GOOD PEOPLE at KMVT are tireless in coming up with new ways to deliver content to Mountain View residents without hurting their own bottom line. The Internet has been instrumental in this regard. So the announcement made by the station earlier this month should perhaps come as no surprise: KMVT “has begun webcasting all of its high school sports programming at www.kmvt15.org,” station managers said in a press release. “This is exciting news, since previously only Comcast and AT&T U-verse viewers in Mountain View, Los Altos and Cupertino could see these games.” The change means dramatically better coverage of high school athletics for local sports fiends. According to the station, KMVT offers “by far the most comprehensive high school sports coverage produced by any TV station in the country. With repeats, the station offers over 500 hours of sports viewing on Channel 15, and over 125 hours of ondemand sports videos at www. kmvt15.org. Fans enjoy 3-camera coverage, multiple angles, instant replays, lively commentary, as well as the special excitement of post-season playoffs.” That’s serious bragging rights. Want to watch games from the 2009-10 season, sorted by sport, school, etc.? Go to www.kmvt15. org/sports/sports-videos.html. AROUND HERE, we’ve been cooking up our own ways of getting out the word on local students’ achievements, be they in sports or otherwise. The latest effort (also utilizing this newfangled Internet thing) is a blog we call extra!credit — or e!c for short. This is a new forum for highlighting the awards, successes, good works and any other accomplishments of our many busy, creative and competent students. Watch for e!c at www.mountain viewonline.com. V
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Volunteers survey a morning’s work outside the police station Sunday. In all, 270 baskets of food were prepared for delivery to needy families.
Police brighten Thanksgiving for region’s less fortunate ‘Cops and Gobblers’ campaign collects and delivers food to 270 local families
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ore than 150 Mountain View community members gathered last Sunday morning to organize and deliver baskets filled with Thanksgiving food, vouchers for turkeys and
stuffed animals — all destined for families in need as a part of the annual “Cops and Gobblers” event. “The day went very well,” said organizer Bruce Barsi, adding that there were many See gobblers, page 17
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new enhanced digital version of the Mountain View Voice is now available for online readers. The new “virtual edition” enables users to flip through the paper electronically — turning pages and zooming in on specific stories or ads — and to print out pages of interest. The edition is similar to a PDF
(which also remains available on the Voice Web site) but doesn’t take as long to load and offers intuitive tools and features that resemble the process of reading a physical newspaper. In addition to current and past issues of the Voice, special publications such as Info, Neighborhoods and Living Well will also be available in the new format. The “virtual edition” can
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he City Council is considering an ordinance designed to protect low income tenants, but several council members worry that it might have “unintended consequences.” “This incentivizes landlords not to rent to very low income people, and I don’t want to do that,” said council member Jac Siegel. Siegel strongly opposed it along with council member John Inks, who said language in the ordinance would discourage landlords from making improvements to properties. Under the proposal for dealing with displaced low income tenants — a proposal the council declined to approve last Tuesday, Nov. 17 pending changes made by the city attorney — certain landlords would be required to help tenants relocate when a rental is demolished, redeveloped or converted to condos. Under those circumstances, landlords must pay very low income tenants the equivalent of two months rent, while an additional $2,000 would go towards households with “special needs” such as children, seniors or a disability. Tenants would also get a full refund of their security deposit, a 180-day notice to vacate, a subscription to a rental agency and bilingual assistance, if needed. A third party, such as the Community Services Agency, would have to be retained by the landlord to administer the requirements and verify income. The ordinance would apply to buildings with two units or more where the majority of the tenants are of “very low income,” which means 50 percent or less of the county’s median household income — $105,500 for a See tenant, page 12
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An agenda item to vote on the elimination of 11 full-time positions in the Mountain View Whisman School District’s special education program was pulled before last week’s board meeting. The reason: The California School Employees Association — a union representing the special ed workers — asked the district to engage in conversation with them before taking action, administrators said. Stephanie Totter, assistant superintendent, said administrators have evaluated their students’ educational needs and that the current special ed population no longer requires the services of 11 full-time staff members. She said the district’s plan is to create 11 part-time positions
and to offer those to the laidoff personnel. The agenda item caused a stir among local parents of special ed students. Three parents attended Thursday evening’s board meeting to voice their concerns about “transparency.” Totter said the district is in talks with the union, the parents and the instructional assistants, and that administrators are working to “mitigate” impact as possible. The district board is scheduled revisit the issue at its regular meeting on Dec. 10.
Student film takes first in nearby festival Two Mountain View High School seniors recently nabbed first prize, and $2,000 in scholarship money, for an animated
film they created in the district’s Freestyle Academy. Irene Lee and Raime Shah, both 17, wrote, drew and produced the film “Eggs Have Dreams Too” for a class in the Freestyle program, which gives students hands-on training in artistic professions such as film production and communication. The pair decided to enter their film in the Bay Street Animation Film Festival, located in Emeryville, and beat out nearly 100 other entries in the “under two minute” category. Their winning film depicted several eggs talking about their life ambitions before being purchased and fried in pan. The students received $500 each and an additional $1,000 for Freestyle. — Kelsey Mesher
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MV Reads inspires discussion on PTSD By Dana Sherne
ountain View Reads Together is wrapping up this weekend, drawing to a close another monthlong, citywide reading session. As in past years, it sparked a series of interesting conversations on the subject book â€” â€œThe Mailboxâ€? by Audrey Shafer â€” but perhaps none was more interesting than a talk on post traumatic stress disorder that took place Nov. 12 in the library Community Room. Titled â€œThe Impact of Traumatic Stress on Peopleâ€™s Lives,â€? the discussion began with a presentation by Eve Carlson, a researcher at the National Center for PTSD. A question-andanswer session followed. In her presentation, Carlson focused on the prevalence, causes and symptoms of PTSD, and explained treatments for those suffering from it, such as psychotherapy, medication and family support. If you know someone who has gone through traumatic events, she said, â€œThe most important thing is to be available, to listen.â€? Charlene Viera, a Mountain View resident, came to learn more about how people react to traumatic events. Her brother is
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Increased patrols helping to keep gang violence down, police say By Kelsey Mesher
oncern over rising gang activity earlier this fall has led to extra patrol cars to monitor weekend activity, and Mountain View police say the strategy seems to be working. An undisclosed number of two-man units from Mountain Viewâ€™s Gang Suppression Team have been patrolling Fridays, Saturdays or both ever since the evening of Saturday, Sept. 26, when three teens were stabbed at a birthday party at the Mountain View Community Center. Police spokesperson Liz Wylie said the additional cars coincidentally began patrolling on the night of the incident, and that despite the violence that occurred that evening, they were able to dispel the group of about 50 before the situation got worse. Since then, she said, officers believe the additional patrols have helped keep Mountain View gang violence at a minimum. Though
there have been some instances of violence since then â€” like a stabbing that occurred at Shoreline Cinemas on Oct. 5 â€” Wylie said those incidents have not been caused by local residents, which are the focus of the new patrols. â€œWhat members have definitely noticed is far less people congregating,â€? Wylie said of the Gang Suppression Teamâ€™s observations. â€œAnecdotally, they think that crime is down.â€? The offers on patrol believe their presence has deterred large groups from forming in front of complexes and on street corners, Wylie said. â€œFights start when they congregate,â€? she added. Wylie noted that Mountain View police â€œhave a very intimate knowledge of our gang members. ... Most of the people that we find congregating are our own gang members.â€? She also said the officers on extra patrols have taken a â€œzero tolerance stance on some of the lower-level stuff â€” curfews, underage drinking.â€? V
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erforming arts could get a major boost in Mountain View if the city’s Performing Arts Committee has its way. At a City Council study session last week, the committee opened discussion on starting a nonprofit foundation to support the arts in Mountain View. Though the proposal is only in the initial planning stages, committee members said they envisioned a foundation which could raise $1 million a year. “The Performing Arts Committee has been working really hard on different arts advocacy efforts these past few years,” said Patricia Cheng, who has been a committee member since 2003. “The idea of starting a nonprofit to support the community has been brewing already for quite awhile.” The foundation, she said,
members supported the general concept of ramping up awareness and advocacy of the arts. “We under-appreciate the arts in Silicon Valley,” said council member Jac Siegel. “I would like to see a self-sustained thing,” he added. Over the past year the Performing Arts Committee has organized three free community events related to the arts. Those events, Cheng said, were funded mainly through private donations and partnerships with organizations like the Community School of Music and Art. The committee is already planning for next year, soliciting small grants to fund specific projects. “We’ve always felt a limitation of resources in terms of not just money but time and people,” Cheng said. “All along the way we’ve been lucky.” She added that “We’re looking
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would primarily support the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, helping to support more diverse programming and possibly attracting a wider variety of performers to the city. Some council members thought it could be a good thing, though others were wary of the idea. “It could make our downtown even more attractive,” said council member Ronit Bryant. “Let’s start small and see where it leads to. Someday we’ll have money again.” However, “We had a foundation when we built the center,” noted council member Mike Kasperzak at Tuesday’s meeting. “It struggled and it went away eventually.” City attorney Michael Martello said the original, now-defunct foundation was “well intentioned,” but that “operating costs became a burden to the city” and eventually the city had to “let the thing die.” He added that it was difficult to find community members to sit on its board. Despite the demise of the original foundation, some council
for a long-term strategy that will enable us to be a better spokesgroup ... better advocates for performing arts in the Mountain View community.” Cheng said that forming a nonprofit would make community members more likely to recognize it and donate to it. And with official 501(c)3 status, donors could write off their donations. Donors “want a 501(c)3 number for their tax return,” Martello said at the meeting. Cheng said the committee has been looking into how nearby organizations run, like the Palo Alto Art Center Foundation, which supports a variety of special events and art-oriented programs for families. “The PAC members, we serve as volunteers,” Cheng said. “The fact that we’ve come this far is really showing that the people in the community care about the performing arts. We want it to be part of the fabric of Mountain View.” V
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the city counted 13 pairs and 22 chicks. Records go back as far as spring 1998, when three pairs and four chicks were counted. The ball field plan would put a 90-foot baseball diamond and a soccer field on the eastern edge of Garcia Avenue north of the Googleplex and south of the Shoreline Golf Links. Though no owls have been seen nesting there, owls have been seen using the area for foraging of mice, voles and insects. Elaine Spence, president of Mountain View Babe Ruth baseball league, was shocked upon hearing news of the burrowing owl campaign. “I can’t believe it,” she said. “Where are we supposed to put our ball fields? It’s a perfect spot. The youth need to have baseball somewhere in this town.” Spence noted that the site is a small portion of the 500-acre park and no one complained when Google built a soccer field next to the site on property it plans to develop someday. She says local youth baseball leagues are outgrowing the one 90-foot baseball diamond in the city at McKelvey Park, which is shared by several Little League teams, the Mountain View Marauders football team and Saint Frances High School. And McKelvey may soon be closed for a year for construction if a proposal by the Santa Clara Valley Water District for a flood basin there is approved. Earlier this year the city budgeted $9 million for the Shoreline ball fields and has conducted feasibility studies for the project, which should have a preliminary design for the City Council to examine early next year. “The assumption at this point is that we will move forward unless something goes real-
ly massively wrong,” said City Council member Ronit Bryant during a study session on the ball fields in January of last year. On Monday, Bryant didn’t appear to think anything had gone massively wrong yet. “I met with the Audubon Society and I’m actually very optimistic we can work together on something very great for the owls,” she said. “Mountain View is really good at coming up with all kinds of creative and out-ofthe-box solutions. I bet there is a solution out there.” Environmentalists say development of the area, including at neighboring Moffett Field, has been steadily encroaching on the habitat of burrowing owls and other birds, including raptors, ducks and shorebirds. The usual mitigation measure, which involves the city purchasing land for an owl preserve elsewhere, is not good enough, Kleinhaus said. Mountain View’s burrowing owls lost some of their habitat last year when the city began leasing nine acres of what is known as “Charleston East” to Google for a new office building at Shoreline Boulevard and Amphitheatre Parkway. Owls there were removed by placing one-way doors over their burrows, which were plowed under once the owls left. The office building — and a hotel planned on nine acres next door — has yet to be built. Mike Fuller, assistant public works director, said a possible mitigation measure is to create a new foraging area at Shoreline to replace the one lost to ball fields. That involves landscaping existing park areas to attract the owl’s prey. Parks section manager Jack Smith said the city already maintains owl habitat under a “burrowing owl management plan.” Among other measures, Higgins, the city biologist and owl expert, cuts vegetation around the owls’ burrows because they like to see what’s around them. V
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greater this year as the economic climate brings in a higher voltaffers at the Community ume of clients. Health Awareness Council “It’s the year to give, if you (CHAC) have seen just can,” she said. about every problem a child The stress of the economic cricould have, from substance sis, she said, has affected people abuse to low self-esteem. These irrespective of age or socioecodays, they’re adding economic nomic background. anxiety to the list. Jamie Freeman, CHAC’s public Monique Kane, CHAC’s exec- relations manager, said she has utive director, told of one local seen a very powerful trickle-down girl in elementary school whose effect, where a parent’s stress can family’s economic needs led to harm the child’s mental well a sudden decline in her grades, being and translate into diminwhich previously had been very ished performance in school. high. When her But it’s the goal school counselof the counselor turned to a ors and interns CHAC staffer for at CHAC to help help, they learned combat t his “It’s the year that 12 other peoeffect, which ple had moved in to give, if you can. works to everywith the child’s one’s benefit. Profamily. With The stress of the viding therapy to so many more a child will help adults suddenly economic crisis has his or her family, living in one Kane. Simiaffected people said small apartment, larly, the child’s she couldn’t conclassroom will irrespective centrate and her function better, homework sufas the teacher can of age or fered. devote more time “We were socioeconomic to all students. amazed at how “If you save the background. many little pairs child, you save of shoes were the community,” Monique Kane, outside the door,” Kane explained. CHAC’s executive director said Kane. Sarah Ross is a This situation first-year intern at is not unusual, CHAC who works she added. Many closely with chilfamilies in the area are doubling dren toward this goal. Through and tripling up to cover the cost CHAC’s collaboration with local of rent. elementary schools, Ross pro CHAC provides counseling vides counseling during the to children, teens and their school day, mostly to children families for a wide variety of identified by their teachers. therapy including group thera- Ross recalled one boy whose py, couples’ therapy, one-on-one class was busy painting when she counseling and after-school came to pull him out for counselprogramming. The eclectic ing. When she gave him the choice approach and sliding payment to stay and paint, or join her, he scale allow the organization struggled to answer. Finally he to serve many different people replied, “I want to go with you with different kinds of prob- because you’re my friend.” lems, said Kane. Ross says that for children CHAC also works in partner- experiencing a lot of sadness, ship with other local organiza- stress or loneliness, counseling tions to best meet the needs of is very important to them. their clients. For example, if a “It’s really clear that it’s pretty homeless family comes in for meaningful to children to have counseling, CHAC staff can also a space where they can just be put the family in touch with a themselves,” she said. “Children shelter. experience a lot ... and for a child This year, CHAC will benefit to be able to talk about that to an from the Voice’s annual Holiday adult is really powerful.” Fund, which allows readers to E-mail Dana Sherne at donate to seven local charities. email@example.com According to Kane, the need is By Dana Sherne
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earned over $26 million â€” more than the opening nights of the most recent Harry Potter flick ($22.2 million) or 2008â€™s â€œDark Knightâ€? (a mere $18 million). Online reviews of the film on popular sites like Imdb.com tear it to pieces. One reviewer called it â€œa steaming pile of crap.â€? â€œAwful ... just plain awful,â€? said another. â€œA never-ending stream of awkward moments,â€? bemoaned a third. But despite the jabs at Kristen Stewartâ€™s acting and the horrible dialogue, fans who lined up at Shoreline Cinemas in Mountain View to see the film on opening day had less biting things to say. â€œI read every single book,â€? said 13-year-old Jackie of Los Altos, who was on her way into a 5:40 p.m. showing Friday night with her friend Lexi. â€œThereâ€™s always something going on. Itâ€™s a romantic book, but thereâ€™s also a lot of action in it.â€? Friends Ruth, 13, of Redwood City and Briona, 13, of Palo Alto, said they watch the original â€œTwilightâ€? film every week-
end together and can tell you all the gossip about what celebrities were considered for each role of the latest movie. â€œItâ€™s the best movie ever,â€? avowed Briona, sporting an â€œEdwardâ€? T-shirt and carrying popcorn and a soda. Though the two obviously
â€œMy room is full of Edward, Edward and more Edward!â€? she said, explaining that she owns two Edward T-shirts, one Edward poster, one Robert poster and a smattering of â€œTwilightâ€?-themed school supplies. The majority of patrons were on â€œTeam Jacob,â€? however. Teen
There was one issue on which fans were divided: Whoâ€™s cuter, Edward, the godlike vampire, or Jacob, the boy next door who is really a werewolf?
shared a mutual love for â€œTwilight,â€? there was one issue on which they were divided: Whoâ€™s cuter, Edward, the godlike vampire, or Jacob, the boy next door who is really a werewolf? Briona claimed to be part of â€œTeam Edwardâ€? â€” that nationwide group of girls swooning over the lead vampire, played by teen heartthrob Robert Pattinson.
girls were not shy in explaining why: actor Taylor Lautner. He is â€œso hot,â€? said one. â€œI canâ€™t wait until he takes his shirt off!â€? â€œI have an Edward T-shirt, even though Iâ€™m part of Team Jacob,â€? said Jordan, of Redwood Shores. She admitted she hasnâ€™t read the books in full â€” only the Spark Notes versions. â€œI thought it was going to be
lame, like â€˜Harry Potter,â€™â€? she said. Eventually, however, â€œI gave in, so here I am.â€? Though the girls gushed freely about the hunky guys, they were more reserved when it came to Kristin Stewart, who plays the protagonist, Bella Swan. â€œSheâ€™s kind of annoying in the movies,â€? said Katie, 12, of Sunnyvale. â€œI donâ€™t know, she bugs me, the way she acts.â€? â€œShe looks like sheâ€™s meant to be Bella,â€? offered Ruth, after describing the actress as plain. Though the majority of â€œNew Moonâ€? patrons appeared to be teenage girls, there were a few older fans at Shoreline Cinemas, and at least one selfless older brother, who was treating his sister to the film for her 13th birthday. Those older fans watching the movies for themselves tended to be a bit more sheepish about it. â€œI have a love-hate relationship with it,â€? said a 31-year-old woman who works in Mountain View, who insisted on anonymity. â€œThe logical side of my brain says itâ€™s bad. But the â€˜Twilightâ€™ side thatâ€™s obsessed still canâ€™t help it.â€? V
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we live in a very non-libertarian world,â€? he said. â€œIt really bothers me to live in a country that operates with such a dramatically different moral system. I would like to live in a society that I actually think is moral and with people who agree with me on what moral is.â€? To do that, though, heâ€™ll need entrepreneurs, and â€œEntrepreneurs donâ€™t want barriers,â€? Friedman said. In order to attract businesses into the middle of the sea, â€œyou have to get the cost down enoughâ€? by eliminating unnecessary regulations. To that end, The Seasteading Institute has commissioned
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family of four last year. The proposal is the cityâ€™s response to a situation in 2007 when 64 households were displaced from the Summerhill apartment complex at 291 Evandale Ave. The city spent $127,000 of its own below market rate housing funds to relocate 33 of the households. Affordable housing advocates were pleased to see that, under this proposal, the cost would be placed on landlords instead of on the city. Meanwhile, the Silicon Valley Realtors Association and the Tri County Apartment Association announced that they agreed with the principle of the ordinance, but had concerns with its language, which they say that might deter landlords from making improvements to their properties. Council member Mike Kasperzak said Tuesday that he shared those concerns, and that those â€œissues are being resolvedâ€? with new language in the ordinance written by city attorney Michael Martello. Council members also directed staff to shorten the notification period required in the ordinance. â€œI believe youâ€™ll have a policy that gets it right,â€? said Joshua Howard, executive director of the California Apartment Associationâ€™s Tri County Division, at the meeting. Council members Laura Macias and Ronit Bryant supported the ordinance, with Macias saying the ordinance wasnâ€™t enough to be a â€œgame changerâ€? for the rental market. V
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