Place Life over Wealth’: Mountain View Tenants Rise up to Save Vanishing Rent-Controlled Units


Place Life over Wealth’: Mountain View Tenants Rise up to Save Vanishing Rent-Controlled Units

2019-10-07T10:11:56-07:00October 7th, 2019|Advocacy|

They’ve shared meals over their dinner tables, enjoyed spirited conversations in their front yards and celebrated quinceaneras on their street — Gamel Way, a cul de sac in Mountain View that many of them have called home for years.

But on one recent night, two dozen or so of these neighbors who have become more like a family gathered in the backyard of one of their outdated apartment complexes for a much more sobering purpose — to form a tenants union.

After learning about a proposal to raze their 29 rent-controlled apartments to make room for a condominium building with 118 for-sale units, the Gamel Way tenants hired an attorney in a desperate bid to save their homes or find a way to continue living in the city even if their homes are demolished.

“I’m a fighter,” said Gaël Sisich, a Bay Area native who has been living in his studio apartment on Gamel Way for the past eight years, as he and others huddled in a circle, under dim lights, brainstorming about their next move.

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