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Seeking middle ground on rent control, Mountain View officials find a chasm

Even some natural supporters for reforming rent control seemed to be turned off by the city’s latest changes. Mobile home advocates for years have been urging Mountain View leaders to extend rent control protections to them, and the upcoming ballot measure seems a perfect opportunity to press their cause.

But at the Monday meeting, the city subcommittee declined to include mobile homes, on the basis that it would be a crude fit under the rent control provisions. Councilwoman Margaret Abe-Koga promised the City Council would take up the issue on its own as a separate ordinance in the near future.

“It’s not that we’re not doing anything; in fact, we’re going to look at it comprehensively,” she said. “I really believe that mobile home parks have some distinct differences that creates a different scenario.”

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