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July 15, 2021

Blast from the past: subsidized housing moratorium

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:05 am

I think I had already typed out some of one of the articles I’m linked to below but it’s all I could find in the lead up to Measure I which really contained very little press coverage in the months leading up to it.  I could only find one article (that I’ve already posted about the whole ballot), one article about Measure I by itself, and one Letter to the Editor.

It was, all in all, very low key for a ballot measure which looked to make it more difficult for the City of Alameda to help house vulnerable community members during a time when renters were already clambering for a rent control ordinance and complaining about the ineffectiveness of the RRAC.  So don’t trust anyone these days who try to tell you that they really don’t oppose ALL development they just want all new development to be of the all affordable variety.  Because when Alameda had a chance to develop affordable housing it said “nope AND we’re gonna make it impossible to build low income housing by putting all low income housing projects to a city wide vote.”

The first LTE is written addressed directly to a gentleman by the name of Fred Scullin who was the only person who signed ballot arguments against Measure I.  Which I’m impressed that he was willing to put himself out there in, what seemed to be, a fairly hostile environment to being pro-development.  The fact that this letter writer decided to try and seek him out and call him seemed a bit on the creepy side but maybe that was acceptable in the 80s.

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This is the longer article that I had already excerpted in a post back in 2015.  As a reminder, Measure I was invalidated by the court and even though, as referenced in the LTE above, the supporters already received a warning from the courts, they went ahead with the vote anyway.

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  1. Thanks for digging up those old articles. This incident must have happened before a statewide ballot initiative passed an amendment to the state constitution to “prohibit the development, construction, or acquisition of a low-rent housing project, as defined, in any manner by any state public body until a majority of the qualified electors of the city, town, or county in which the development, construction, or acquisition of the low-rent housing project is proposed approve the project by voting in favor at an election, as specified.” Vote for SCA 2 and repeal this amendment and to ease a barrier to housing our minimum wage work force and homeless can afford.

    Comment by William Smith — July 15, 2021 @ 9:57 am

  2. It was acceptable in the 1980s, and it’s apparently still acceptable now – NextDoor just makes that a lot easier. There’s a sitting member of the Open Government Commission who is weaponizing the Public Records Act to bully a member of the public in violation of her Official Code of Conduct agreement. Courtesy and respect others’ privacy does not seem to exist in this town.

    I have been by 716 Central. It’s a very nice neighborhood, and I never would’ve guessed it was a low-income housing. It’s sad how many more of these projects that could’ve happened but didn’t, because of oppositions such as this one.

    Comment by JRB — July 15, 2021 @ 10:23 am

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