The development of a region is bound to be affected by various factors. recently,The New York Times published a story, Detailing the Facebook-influenced residents of East Palo Alto.
Adela Morales and Adrian Bonilla, as well as their grandchildren, lived in a RV community in East Palo Alto, California, until last week Expelled.
Earlier this year, Adrian Bonilla and his two grandchildren lived in a rented house in this Silicon Valley town, which has risen from $ 900 a month to $ 1,200 a month . Bonillaria attributed this increase to Facebook, which is nearby and expanding.
Bonillaria, a 43-year-old mechanic and Uber driver, bought a 1991 rider and joined a family-oriented RV community in a quiet lane. They lived there until last week, Bonilla received a notice of deportation.
Bonilla said that this time he had to leave because the city hopes to clear the way for "Facebook School." The school is funded by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a collaboration between Facebook Mark & Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan (Priscilla Chan) founded the agency, committed to promoting social change. Ms. Chen is the co-founder of the school, a private school for children from low-income families called "Primary School."
Despite the good intentions behind the school, it still encountered vigilance.
"This school is a Facebook school. This is not a city school, "Bonilla said. He also said that when he heard of this incident, he realized that he wanted to move again. & ldquo; When Facebook appears, everyone moves around. & rdquo;
Around the world, Zuckerberg has encountered many troubles, such as Russia's Facebook intervention in the 2016 election. City officials said the conflict between the couple's initiative and "RV community" is evolving into a flood disaster, reminding people that the billionaire is also facing difficulties on its doorstep.
For many in East Palo Alto, none of the company's CEOs and companies than Zuckerberg and Facebook better reflect the anxiety of modern technology prosperity. This is just a few blocks from Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. At a meeting held last Wednesday in the City Hall in East Palo Alto, about 100 residents and protesters gathered to discuss their housing problems with the city's staff, and some also referred to Zuckerberg's name .
A dead end to East Palo Alto, where once a RV community was to soon be home to a private school financed by "Chen - Zuckerberg Plan".
"I want to talk about the elephants in the room," said 20-year-old Zach Kirk. He is a Stanford University student and grew up in Palo Alto. In fact, he is not in the room, he is in a mansion: Mark & middot; Zuckerberg. & rdquo;
No matter where Zuckerberg is in Silicon Valley, he seems to have triggered housing problems. In 2014, after the tech tycoon bought a home in San Francisco, neighbors complained about construction, security details, parking and how his presence raises house prices. Earlier this year protesters marched in East Palo Alto, condemning the relocation of a large technology company like Facebook.
As Facebook continues its expansion in Menlo Park, it is expected that 1.75 million square feet of new office space will be built and these battles are likely to intensify. "Chen - Zuckerberg Initiative" is also growing continuously, because it is ready to Zuckerberg's huge wealth into the "cure, prevention and control of all diseases" efforts.
Some community members predict that anger will become even more intense later this month when a conference at East Palo Alto Town Hall, hosted by the local civic group "True Communities," is held. At this conference, residents will have the opportunity to ask Facebook executives questions about the company's role in the community.
Juan Salazar, Facebook's public policy manager, said in a statement: "Contact is at the core of everything we do on Facebook and we do not have a relationship with residents of East Palo Alto What is different. & rdquo;
The social networking company has been lobbying for more homes in the area. Some cities in Silicon Valley worry about traffic jams and prefer to do business on a residential tax basis. In East Palo Alto, Facebook has invested $ 18.5 million in "Catalyst Housing Fund", which has a "Affordable Housing" program and has set a target to expand the fund to 7500 Ten thousand U.S. dollars.
"Chen - Zuckerberg Initiative" is also funding Affordable Housing and claims that working side by side with local communities is "the heart of our work". In a statement, "primary school" said that the incident with RV community residents was "frustrating and also a symbol of the more serious housing problem in the Bay Area", but it did not realize that the eastern Palo Alto deported the inhabitants and did not engage with city officials in the matter.
Residents of East Palo Alto have long felt full of powerlessness in the face of changes brought about by technology leaders like Zuckerberg. In a 2.6-square-mile town, one-third of students are homeless, a sign that Silicon Valley's wealth may not spread beyond the science park. So while Zuckerberg's limited liability company is trying to build a school here, many locals are skeptical about the motives behind it.
"Chen - Zuckerberg initiative is moving into a place where there is a lot of baggage," said Daniel. He is a lawyer for the Eastern Palo Alto Community Legal Services Agency, which received funding from the "Chen-Zuckerberg Initiative". "People here are driven by very big interests and have been used for decades. & rdquo;
Paul Bains is a pastor and chair of the "WeHope" project funded by the "Chen-Zuckerberg Initiative". He said the initiative needs to figure out how to interact with the vigilant inhabitants. "They have to learn how to communicate with colored groups," said Bannes.
"The recent expulsion was not required by the Chen-Zuckerberg initiative," said Donna Rutherford. He is a member of the East Palo Alto City Council and former mayor of the city. In contrast, city officials said flooding had already taken place in the area as the rain drove into the sewers as RVs drained wastewater from the sewers.
Patricia Parked a motorhome in the street, she said, troubles with RV community residents began after a community meeting attended by Facebook executives.
Let me help you explain the overall picture, "said Michelle Daher. She was an environmental management analyst in East Palo Alto and last week she had a storm and she said she needed to pump 6,000 gallons of waste water out of the car a day.
Dahe pointed out that the future location of the school is an open space surrounded by barbed wire. "This is obviously Chen - Zuckerberg's position," she said. She added that flood-prone streets will be rebuilt so that the RV community will have to be relocated in either case.
Sean Charpentier, assistant city manager for East Palo Alto, said the area is squeezed by the surrounding wealth and the number of homeless people is also growing. He said, "The external factors around us turned this into a container. "The feeling is more profound here because the city was formed to provide safe, affordable rooms. & rdquo;
48-year-old Patricia Lopez parked a car in the street. She said troubles with RV community residents began after a community meeting attended by Facebook executives.
"They did not introduce themselves, but organizers said," Facebook in the house, "they waved. Since then, there have been serious harassment and heavy law and order management, "she said, which eventually led to the eviction.
At last week's Town Hall meeting, residents and protesters expressed their support for the school, but expressed concern about the "Chen-Zuckerberg Initiative."
Johannes Muenzel, 28, is a software engineer and co-chair of the American branch of the Silicon Valley Democratic Socialist. He said: "The first step is to ensure that quasi-affiliated so-called charitable organizations do not formulate policies. & rdquo;
Kirk, a student at Stanford University, stands behind and organizes other students. He said he has never seen so many grassroots forces protesting his peers.
& ldquo; Where did it come out? "This is a problem we need to focus on," he said. He also added that it is remarkable to have so many Stanford students participating in protests at night.
By 11 pm, protesters and municipal workers became restless. In the end, the MPEC advised municipal staff to seek a long-term solution by working with not-for-profit organizations by banning oversized vehicles from parking at night.
Facebook said one executive attended the meeting. Nearly 50 community members made their comments tonight. The Facebook executive did not say anything.