Affordable housing advocates have urged Mountain View to allow more construction. They’ve had an ally in Google, which recognizes that astronomical housing costs and long commutes make Google a less attractive place to work and has sought permission to build apartments near its corporate campus.
But until recently, the city council wasn’t interested. In 2014, the city council approved a plan for the North Bayshore district that would have allowed the construction of even more office space in Google’s backyard — but no new housing units.
That proposal became a major issue in the 2014 city council elections. Voters elected three new pro-housing members to the seven-member city council, giving advocates of housing development a majority. Over the past year, that new majority has reshaped the plans for North Bayshore to make them friendlier to new housing