Mountain View council says no to Chick-Fil-A Issues Beyond Palo Alto, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Oct 17, 2012 at 4:47 pm
Mountain View's City Council voted 4-2 Tuesday evening against allowing a Chick-Fil-A to open at 1962 El Camino Real, saying that a drive-through restaurant would be at odds with visions of a bike- and pedestrian-friendly city.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 3:28 PM
Posted by eat more chikin, a resident of Mountain View, on Oct 17, 2012 at 5:13 pm
What Blah said. It's perfectly OK to have bars, porn shops, car washes, and the Fatty Zone on prominent display along El Camino, but heaven forbid we have a DRIVE THROUGH RESTAURANT ZOMG DANGER!!!!1! I'm glad to see that my (nominally) elected representatives are promoting economic growth and expansion in MTV. Thanks, y'all!
Posted by Nayeli, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Oct 17, 2012 at 5:36 pm
What a tragedy! We have gone to San Jose to eat at the new Chick-fil-A there four times already! It is great food with plenty of healthy options on the menu. My husband and I are very fit and we love it!
Posted by resident, a resident of the College Terrace neighborhood, on Oct 17, 2012 at 5:46 pm
No more drive throughs! How many accidents has the drive through Starbucks at Sanford Ave & El Camino caused? Cars back up into the street and cause all kinds of havoc with traffic. If you are so lazy that you cannot walk from the parking lot into the restaurant, then you should not be eating high-fat high-calorie fast-food.
Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Oct 17, 2012 at 5:51 pm
Sorry, don't believe a word of this. They are just looking for a loophole because they don't like the CEO's personal opinion. It is wrong to refuse to allow a business to trade due to opinions. In this country, provided all laws against discrimination against hiring practices are being obeyed, then it is OK for a CEO to have an opinion.
I suppose the local residents don't like the fact that it would be closed on Sunday for religious reasons either.
Posted by Resident, a resident of Mountain View, on Oct 17, 2012 at 6:14 pm
This is absolutely RIDICULOUS! I live down the street and don't foresee any of these issues actually happening. After the 1st week, the fast food lines will be normal and move quicker, not like the in-n-out off Grant that somehow got approved...that car line is insane during a lunch hour. VERY DISAPPOINTING, at least we know Tom Means and John Inks are the only ones worth keeping on the Council!
Posted by palo alto mom, a resident of the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood, on Oct 18, 2012 at 11:50 am
So does this mean no more drive thru restaurants in Mountain View? Or only ones that are owned by companies that agree with local politics? We are talking about El Camino - strip mall and retail land - not a residential neighborhood.
BTW - I don't agree with the Chick-Fil-A owner's views.
Posted by Nathan Ring, a resident of Mountain View, on Oct 18, 2012 at 1:35 pm
I watched the council meeting online. It was almost comical how every member made sure they started their comments with 'while i have nothing against the company...' As if they had all discussed exactly what needed to be said, and not said. This was rigged from the beginning. Shame on you Mountain View city council, I hope your citizens expose you for the corrupt liars you are.