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Let me respond to our callers or many who wanted to have a voice here. Let me go. He did all that. We're going to go to calls here. Hold your fire for a moment. Let me get a call around here. Hayward joins us from Menlo Park, actually, former mayor Menlo Park. Welcome. Good morning. Thank you. Yeah. I wanted to give a little reasonable context. This. Menlo Park is home a Facebook. Facebook is put tremendous pressure on the city and surrounding areas for development. The city council has largely approved that but his not approved the corresponding infrastructure to accommodate that development and particularly in transportation area. So our roads are getting more crowded. We all see that everybody gets it. And yet the transportation infrastructure, particularly public transit is not keeping up and it generally big dollar projects. Cal train. It's great. But full. Oh, it's very limited in where it goes. We've really got to think about the transportation side of this. And we approve the project fi. Well said I thank you for that. Let me go back to Utah Mosey on the seminar. No cost incentives like an Amazon cities here, right? That's right. As part of this partnership with Google. The mayor says that Google is paying the full freight and taxes and fees. Unlike Amazon and the New York City deal and also a New Jersey so that is a difference there. And also Google has said that really one of the number one motivations for not only just the proximity of where San Jose sets to Mountain View. But also because of the transit improvements that we're going to see with Bart Cal train light and light rail at the station. It's one of the main reasons why Google has chosen that particular area. So it will be interesting with the former mayor of Menlo Park talking about some of the pains in that area. What we? We might not see. San jose. Moore college. We let me get a response from your tiny to tweet that just came in. Greg says went out a ninety nine year. Lease. That's a really interesting, and that's not a question. I. I asked the mayor mayor Sam the Carter always city council, FOX or Google. Well, maybe I'll ask him if we can connect with them, which would planning and hoping to do, but let me get to the caller and San Jose joins us, Scott. Thanks for waiting. You're on the air. Hi, michael. It's great day in San Jose, twelve thirty AM this morning. The city council voted unanimously to get this done. If if you look at the west side of downtown. About two hundred and fifty acres. It's just tremendous opportunity to do a new level of city building. And it's mostly a collection of industrial buildings and parking lots the largest building on the west side by far is the arenas the SAP center. And the vision for this area is is to have a mix of uses including forcible housing, the job centers that are going to be created by Google along with places for people with ground level. So we're very excited about this this move and really think that all of the fears and the exiled he's that were expressed last night. We're going to have a chance to be realized in the building in the land uses that are to come. Thank you for that. Call let me I know you wanted to say something here, sandy Perry. Let me go back to you. Because there is a lot of optimism here. A lot of people like that last caller who are intensely excited. You know, I was reading a former. Restaurant owner who's covering the Mercury News talking about, you know, how he remembers San Jose downtown when there were only eight or nine people, no theater, no cultural arts would ever had to go to San Francisco or Oakland for all that people who are really hyped up about what would you say to those people? Well, there's two questions the previous caller, I happen to know is the president of the downtown business association, the people that are hyped up about this are the chamber of commerce Silicon Valley leadership group downtown business association, and primarily the businesses which stand to benefit from the most you don't hear working people ordinary people coming up and supporting this. I was pretty council last night. And there were three types of people that supported it the business associations that I mentioned carpenters one union which came out and support the other union it not beaten in support of the of the project and finally. The nonprofits. And I'm glad Theresa doesn't get funding. She was one of the few nonprofits that supported them that was not funded by Google, but hold on. Let me let me ask a tiny mostly just from clarity here. As I understand that. There was outreach to people in the community. Wasn't there tire? Yes. Well, there have been several advisory meetings and community meetings over the last year and a half. And I know this is only anecdotal. But when this was announced last year, I started a project where I went to the neighborhood behind the sap center, which is right in the area where this will all take place and actually went door to door through a three block radius, and the majority of folks that I spoke with were intrigued an enthusiastic, but also concerned about affordability. So there wasn't I I didn't talk to anyone who said we don't want this to happen. They basically the the number one thing is we just don't wanna be pushed out and several homeowners actually told me we're waiting. For an offer that perhaps we will sell our property if Google comes to us or the city comes to us because this might be an opportunity for us to to cash in in some way. Let me read a comment from Jamaica who right San Jose needs to address the jobs housing imbalance and news Google project will help Google is taking housing as part of the project. Unlike apple and Cupertino, which added zero housing, this is smart urban planning. We'll get some more opinions and some more questions comments from you, our listeners, another San Jose caller, Jerry, you're on the air. Good morning. Hi. I just wondered how many housing units are being planned for this development area and for the greater downtown. Resell Verona helpless her from spur. Yeah. That that hasn't been defined yet. But it certainly is at the top of the list of things that will be addressed it could be anywhere from three to nine thousand housing units. And just to clarify the Google portion is a forty forty five acre portion of a larger two hundred and forty acre deer it on station area. So the it on station area also can accommodate a lot of plant grows for housing. And I want to get another caller on with a question. I believe for you Theresa. This is James James also from San Jose good morning. Hey, good morning. My concern is that these jobs that are they're coming in. I'm the big fan of Google. But these jobs that are going to be created are they going to be just Indian nationals getting visas or I read a higher local because when they say jobs, that's a very misleading word, we don't really know do any of your your panel. Now, there are some wide bursts. Also there I mean, the estimates are around Theresa wanna go to you on this. But the estimates. We heard Tanya mostly talk about twenty thousand jobs. I've also read fifteen thousand twenty five thousand let's see if we can get this on embedded Theresa. This was a pointedly asked of the Google Representative at the council meeting late last night actually this morning, and the response was that because they didn't know yet if they were getting the land, they don't have a defined project, and they don't know which groups they're moving to downtown, San Jose. So I will say every council member, however, reinforced we want this to be locally supporting but that is still yet to be. Proof is in the pudding. I'm I'm gonna tell you mostly again and Tanya, this is Valerie who says I realized the horse has left the barn. But why didn't Google pick a location where they could create a new tech center. Like, Atlanta, Minneapolis Cincinnati. These replaces a need jobs for their young people and have plenty of lower cost housing. Why does all tech development has to happen in the San Francisco Bay area? You know, it's such an interesting question. It's one that people who live in the Silicon Valley are asking all the time. Why tech companies decide to build out within what is already a tight housing area of buses went to Detroit to look for the possibilities. I know, but part of the issue overall if we're talking about tech overall is that you've got the brain trust here and the connectedness here of technology. And so if you're talking about going to Detroit and building Detroit, there's just so much more that you have to think about as far as your employees ease, and as far as connectivity with the base that is here, but I will say that we are what what many people feel is at a tipping point, how how much more can you build in the Silicon Valley when we are already bursting at the seams, and it is already hugely unaffordable in many tech workers who want to work in tech, really asking themselves. If they want to move to the Silicon Valley because of the unaffordable here again tiny Moseley is Silicon Valley bureau chief for news, and we'll go another San Jose caller. I'm sorry. Theresa you want an in here just very very quickly. So I we have world class educational institutions here. That's part of the reasons why that these tech companies want to be here, San Jose State produces a majority of the engine. That apple hires? And so we want these this local talent to have great jobs and great jobs. We'll go to other San Jose caller Julian to join us. Hi, hi. I was wondering I I get the Google has been attending all these meetings and listening respectfully, did they actually make any changes to their plans, or or if you could point to any changes that they made showing that they're listening to feedback from the community, and and integrating feedback new you want to answer that question. You know, this is why last night was such a pivotal an important decision because the argument is is that we don't have specifics. And until this vote came through we really hadn't had very specifics on what the plans are except for projections overall projections, and so over the next few weeks and months, we hope to to get that you wanted to say something here, please got about about three points that have piled up here. Some of the points made by Tanya where she says that there were people that were supporting Google, it's true. There are people especially people that are homeowners support Google because obviously they benefit financially from the property values increasing, but the problem is the tenants are being going to be crushed. And that's why it's kind of a division in San Jose between people who will benefit from it and people who will just find nothing, but misery as a result of this a long commute higher, rents addictions. And that's I think what the allot of the focal point of the debate. Can I just say something to that? Because the longer commutes are obviously also going to affect climate change and affect the environment. Exactly. And I also wanted to respond something Theresa said about all the measures that city has taken for affordable housing..