Residents of the expensive California neighborhood where Google has its global headquarters have voted to ban trailers from parking on public streets overnight after a camp of permanent homes has been built up due to rising housing costs.
The decision to get rid of the unsightly RV & # 39; s came in March after a municipal vote following complaints about sewerage from the mobile homes and the roads around the Googleplex campus.
Many in the meeting blamed the Google effect because they forced long-term residents out of their homes and in turn caused the housing crisis, making some people struggling to discharge & # 39; domestic waste water into the public right of way & # 39; .
But some who make a house in the trailers – often with power generators at the rear and darkened dusty windows – are also contractors for the company who cannot afford the high living costs.
Residents of the expensive California neighborhood where Google has its global headquarters voted to ban trailers from parking on public streets overnight
A camp with permanent homes was built in Mountain View because of the high housing costs, but they must disappear quickly
Indicators of Google employees who live in caravans are the campus bikes spotted at the RV & # 39; s
Bloomberg reported an angry Mountain View Police Department Sergeant Wahed Magee who warned a young couple that he would not be dragging their house right away, but tomorrow when I come here and it is, it will be dragged.
But this month the ban is still out of place. A photo of May 13 shows a tire lock that is used to prevent towing on a vehicle parked on Landings Drive in Mountain View. While Mountain View is the epicenter of a Silicon Valley tech millionaire magnate, it is also fueling a homelessness crisis that the United Nations has recently identified as a human rights violation.
With many tech giants calling the Bay Area home, thousands of people live in campers in Greater San Francisco because they can't afford to rent or buy houses.
& # 39; In my neighborhood there are a group of five or six duplexes and a couple that I know have lived in for 22 years. When Google entered the next door, their landlord raised the rent by $ 700 a month, & resident Susan Barkin told Bloomberg. & # 39; Preventing parking and throwing out more people from our community is unreasonable. I don't want to live in a city where the only people who can afford to be here are very, very, rich techies or very, very, old retirees like myself. & # 39;
A vehicle from Waymo LLC drives past recreational vehicles parked on Landings Drive in Mountain View, California on Tuesday, May 14
A contract security officer for Google LLC opens the door to the recreational vehicle she rents for $ 800 a month in Mountain View
While the police threatened to tow vehicles with sewage water into the street, a trailer lock is seen that is used to prevent towing
Google has 3.5 million square feet of office space in Mount View according to a 2012 end-of-year report.
Google and its parent company Alphabet Inc. are located in the Googleplex Amphitheater Parkway 1600 and there is another large campus in Mountain View called & # 39; The Quad & # 39; at 399 N Whisman Road about 3 miles away.
According to Trulia, the average monthly rent in Mountain View is three times the national average and has almost doubled since the end of 2010 to $ 4,151 per month. The value of the house has risen by $ 750,000 to $ 1.8 million in the last ten years, according to Zillow.
& # 39; We have rising rents. We have gentrification. We have people displaced & # 39 ;, says Jennifer Loving, head of Destination: Home said that gentrification and rising rent & # 39; together create an untenable situation for thousands and thousands of families and individuals trying to live and work in Santa Clara County.
The company has received $ 1 million from $ 14 million from Google to go to affordable housing projects, which some residents see as another ugly risk.
Bloomberg reported that Google employees whose salaries are much lower than top drivers secretly live in the trailers, but can be seen where Google's campus bikes are parked near the camper.
Google has spent $ 14 million on affordable housing projects, which some residents see as another ugly risk
Anonymous security explained why she chose to pay $ 800 a month for the motorhome instead of at least $ 2500 for an apartment.
& # 39; The money I earn here is great, but I would spend most of it on rent and I just don't want to do that, & # 39; she said.
In contrast, a 41-year-old IT professional who works as a Lyft driver has a combined income of $ 100,000 with his wife who works for a pharmaceutical company, but who have opted for the mobile home to save for retirement.
Some people who are aware of the ban on the RV ignore the reality of having to move until the time comes.
But not all residents were keen that the trailers would be scared of necessary community workers – such as teachers – who were going to cheaper locations.
Even CEO of Google Sundar Pichai said in February that he plans to inject $ 13 billion into offices outside the Bay Area, referring to housing issues and cheaper labor.
& # 39; To have a normally functioning city, you must have professional diversity & # 39 ;, said Alison Hicks, who voted against the ban in the meeting. & # 39; You can't have a city that works if we only have tech workers who live in it … It won't be a functioning city as I know it. It would not be a city where I would like to live. & # 39;
Google did not respond immediately to the request for comment from DailyMail.com.
A person rides a Google LLC bicycle past recreational vehicles parked on Landings Drive in the epicenter of a Silicon Valley technical boom that is hitting millionaires but also fueling a homeless crisis
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