Cur­rent res­i­dents want to shut door on oth­ers

The Mercury News Weekend - - OPINION -

In the 1960’s and 70’s, homes were be­ing built in San Jose and sur­round­ing ar­eas like hot cakes. We couldn’t get enough of them for all the engineers and other pro­fes­sion­als com­ing out of our Cal­i­for­nia col­leges and other schools. We were a boom­town for in­dus­try. It al­lowed growth for other work­ers in trades and ser­vices in­clud­ing big­ger lo­cal gov­ern­ment. No par­ent ex­pected their kids or grand­kids to grow up and get out of town. Bet­ter yet, we even thought to build a place for our­selves called Ev­er­green Se­nior Vil­lage. The peo­ple that were al­ready here also made sure they would re­main by giv­ing us Propo­si­tion 13.

These same peo­ple now are telling our grand­kids to get out of town. It’s the def­i­ni­tion of “whin­ing from an overly spoiled gen­er­a­tion.”

— Linda Adams, Los Gatos

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