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Heal The Valley

Monday, November 18, 2013
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Event Type:
Derek Tennant
Location Details:
Corners of DeAnza Boulevard and Mariani; the entrance to the Apple Cupertino WHQ campus

We meet every third Monday of the month to ask Apple to pay a fair share of taxes. Here's why:
Apple Computer’s proposed new Cupertino campus has failed to consider the devastating effect it will have on Santa Clara County’s affordable housing crisis. The Environmental Impact Report states that this project will create demand for approximately 6000 housing units in Santa Clara County alone. Common sense tells us a large number of those units should be affordable housing:
• many of the new jobs (especially those contracted out to irresponsible companies like Security Industry Specialists) do not offer wages and hours adequate to pay local rents or buy homes
• increasing the number of high-income jobs heightens overall housing demand, raises market rents, and squeezes low-income workers out of what little housing is available to them now
• increasing the number of upper-income jobs always leads to demand for services by low-wage workers, who will also need affordable housing to be able to survive
Santa Clara County already has over 7000 homeless people every night, including the largest homeless encampment in the continental United States. Some say the solution is for the poor to just leave the area. Simultaneously they demand people to serve them: prepare their food, wash their dishes, clean their homes, mow their lawns, and change their hotel bed sheets – and to build their houses, teach their children, and police their streets.
Apple’s offer to mitigate its impact is woefully inadequate: it will only subsidize 25-50 affordable units, while the project is creating a housing shortfall of thousands of homes.
We need innovative ways to force Silicon Valley corporations to give their fair share back to the communities that protect and serve them. Their status as technological icons cannot be accepted as an excuse for socially irresponsible development.
Added to the calendar on Mon, Nov 11, 2013 9:47AM
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