Usually proclamations and such are super boring, but it will be interesting to see Trish Spencer smile and read this particular proclamation:
Proclamation Declaring May 7 to May 18, 2015 as the 19th Annual East Bay Affordable Housing Week “Here to Stay: Building Inclusive Communities.”
Because typically proclamations, while generally the lightest and fluffiest parts of the City Council meeting sometimes are serious. When you work in a shop that issues too many proclamations sometimes one slips through the cracks and causes huge political uproar which requires recession which also causes another uproar. (Like so) It wouldn’t do for a Mayor who won’t necessarily vote for a project that takes positive action toward “building inclusive communities” to be issuing a proclamation supporting affordable housing at the local, regional and state levels.
Here’s the language:
Whereas, quality affordable housing is vital to building healthy, safe, vibrant, and diverse communities; and
Whereas, affordable homes are the solution to homelessness, and provide support to seniors, families, youth, veterans, and people with disabilities; and
Whereas, rising housing costs have led longtime residents to be displaced, live in overcrowded and substandard homes, or become homeless, threatening our region’s diversity and economic prosperity; and
Whereas, creating new permanent affordable homes and preserving and improving existing rental housing helps our residents maintain community roots and encourages social and economic diversity for generations; and
Whereas, development of affordable homes close to public transit and jobs can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide low income families better access to opportunities and amenities; and
Whereas, empowering residents living in affordable housing as advocates helps to shape better housing, tenant protections, and development policies; and
Whereas, non-profit organizations, local jurisdictions, community organizations and many others continue to build inclusive communities by providing shelter, homes and support for low-income people and those with special needs; and
Whereas, East Bay Housing Organizations has organized Affordable Housing Week for 19 years and will feature 21 events acknowledging the need for and contributions of affordable housing.
Now, therefore be it resolved, that I, Trish Herrera Spencer, Mayor of the City of Alameda do hereby proclaim May 8 – 17th, 2015 as the 19th Annual Affordable Housing Week in the City of Alameda.
Be it further resolved, that the City of Alameda will work to support affordable housing at the local, regional and state level and will encourage residents of the City of Alameda to participate in Affordable Housing Week activities.
Trish Herrera Spencer
One of the Affordable Housing Week activities is hosted by Alameda Home Team and discusses the need for housing in general in Alameda. So perhaps this proclamation signals that Trish Spencer will be supporting Site A and housing in Alameda. Or perhaps it’s something that she’ll support in theory, but not in practice when she has an opportunity to actually put words into action.