Yes In My Back Yard

We are Mountain View YIMBY, advocating for more housing in our city and beyond. We are pro-housing activists fighting for more inclusive housing policies and a future of abundant housing in Mountain View. We drive policy change to increase the supply of housing at all levels and bring down the cost of living in our thriving city.

The San Francisco Bay Area is not “full” of too many people. It is full of opportunity to create a dynamic economy and housing market that work for everyone. The housing shortage is a political problem: Zoning and other restrictions have prevented construction of enough places for people to live. We want to fix this and make our community more welcoming and inclusive. Let’s legalize housing.

Letter to Council - Street usage

Dear Mayor Abe-Koga and City Council: The Mountain View chapter of South Bay YIMBY expresses its support for repurposing downtown street space for restaurant seating. We have long supported making Castro Street more walkable. We believe that auto traffic on the street’s downtown core is unnecessary, and that street parking there is especially detrimental to visitors’ experiences. We agree with Mayor Abe-Koga that “the social distancing requirements of COVID-19 makes this an opportune time for us to try this concept [pedestrianization]” (as quoted by Elena Kadvany in the MV Voice, May 13). [Read More]

Letter to Council - Agenda Item 6.1 Gatekeeper for 355-365, 401,415 East Middlefield Road

Dear Mayor Abe Koga and the members of council: We are excited to see the first project in the East Whisman Precise Plan area coming to council for approval! There’s much to like about this project: Located walking and biking distance to offices in the East Whisman neighborhood 427 much needed homes, including 157 missing middle ownership homes Addition of a 16000 sq foot public park Walking distance to Middlefield light rail station $4 million community benefit contribution ($1. [Read More]

Primary 2020 Election Results

Election Results The results are in from the Primary election for Mountain View. State Senate - District 13 Our endorsed candidate for State Senate race, Shelly Masur, will not continue into the General Election in the Fall. It will be a match up between Josh Becker and Alex Glew. We thank Redwood City Councilmember Shelly Masur for boldly taking pro-housing stances, including supporting SB-50, and we were proud to endorse her. [Read More]

Letter to EPC - 1001 N Shoreline

To the Environmental Planning Commission: MV YIMBY, a local volunteer advocacy group, expresses its wholehearted support of the proposed development at 1001 N Shoreline. This development will provide 303 much-needed new homes, close to major employers, with zero displacement and minimal impact on existing neighborhoods. The site is walking distance from employers in Terra Bella and North Bayshore. For those residents who will work outside the area, it is conveniently located to Highway 101 and future transit routes to the downtown transit center. [Read More]

Letter to City Manager - Welcome Back to the City of Mountain View

Dear City Manager Kimbra McCarthy: The Mountain View chapter of South Bay YIMBY would like to congratulate you on your recent appointment to the City Manager position. We are a group of grassroots volunteers across the political spectrum that advocates for all types of new housing and fair housing policies. As Mountain View residents, our priority is to increase the availability and affordability of housing in walking distance to jobs, services, and mass transit. [Read More]

Obama is a YIMBY!

Looks like our former president has noticed what’s going in California.

Obama Zoning

March 2020 Voting Guide

If you’ve been following the news, you’ve certainly noticed that it’s primary voting season again. When you’re making your decision for nominee for president, don’t forget that there’s exciting races down the ballot as well! Senate District 13: Shelly Masur Shelly Masur has a history of supporting affordable housing production in Redwood City and is a self-identified YIMBY and a supporter of SB 50. This makes her the clear YIMBY choice for SD13. [Read More]

Endorsing Shelly Masur

Senate District 13: Shelly Masur Shelly Masur is currently Vice Mayor of Redwood City and Vice President of the Peninsula Division of California League of Cities. She believes the state should increase funding to build more affordable housing, and wants to incentivize housing built near transit and walkable areas. She has a history of supporting affordable housing production in Redwood City and is a self-identified YIMBY and a supporter of SB 50. [Read More]