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Mercury News Editorial: Housing At Mel Cotton’s? No.

The San Jose City Council continues to grapple with housing development proposals in conflict with the need to build a tax base the way well-financed cities with fully staffed police departments do: by nurturing job growth.

Tuesday it faces a test of its resolve with a proposal for housing on commercial-industrial zoned land.

The proposed general plan change for a stretch along San Carlos Street was one of three that city staff recommended for early denial — that is, the proposals were so out of whack with city economic and planning goals that developers should be told no before they spend thousands more dollars preparing for a full review.

The other two proposals, on Monterey Road and near Santa Clara University, were withdrawn. But the one on San Carlos between Race Street and Lincoln Avenue — yes, where Mel Cotton Sporting Goods has been for eons — is up for a vote. Amazingly, some council members who say they want to restore city services and increase employee compensation seem to be considering approval.

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