City Council candidate Suraj Viswanathan is responding today to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s weekend news conference criticizing the City of Milpitas for proposing to withdraw from the controversial $160 million Homekey housing project located at Extended Stay America in the Hillview neighborhood of the city.
“The Governor repeatedly said we should ‘do the right thing.’ I think the residents of Milpitas and the Council are doing the ‘right thing’ by stepping back from this project and reassessing it. We think the ‘right thing’ to do is to get community input and community feedback on the project. We think the ‘right thing’ to do is not going behind the backs of the residents of Milpitas to cook this up in the back rooms by the politicians. We think the ‘right thing’ is for Milpitas to chart its own course on the homeless issue and not be dictated to by outsiders, even if that’s the Governor of California.”
“Milpitas has its own unique needs and its own unique requirements. I know this from walking the neighborhoods and listening to voters. We all want to help the homeless. We all want to do the ‘right thing’ for them. The question is whether a project that will cost well over one million dollars per housed individual in this specific neighborhood at this specific time without consulting the neighbors is the ‘right thing’ to do,” he continued.
“I believe we need to address the homeless issue in a thoughtful, deliberate manner, not having arbitrary decisions imposed upon us in a highly undemocratic fashion. We won’t be pressured and we won’t be bullied into doing the wrong thing. If elected to the Council, I will work with our community’s leading stakeholders on this issue, from homeless advocates to churches to mental health professionals, educators, and local employers to craft a comprehensive policy that helps lift the homeless out of their condition, gets them the help they need, and opens the doors of opportunity to them in our city.”
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