Finally, some good news about the Silicon Valley housing crisis

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



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