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JM, Zen Monday, 3.24.08
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This sort of serves you right, for voting for it: SoCal isn't likely to get a fair share of affordable housing money. Whatever a "fair share" might be. SoCal has over 2/3 of the population but ended up receiving less than half the money. Really, if you thought you the State ballot exists to do anything other than figure out ways to send SoCal money to NoCal, shame on you, and let's move on.
But the Mayor, who loves public affordable housing projects for the few the way a Skid Row drunk likes a fortified wine, protests on our behalf.
By now, most everyone knows full well that such projects don't do a thing to make housing more affordable for more than a small few lottery winners---in fact, by tying up so many developer's efforts who might otherwise be building to serve a true market need, they likely make housing more expensive. But these projects can still line a few key local contributor's pockets, so Antonio will shill for the developers anyway.
The moral of the story is: if you're an affordable housing developer, please hurry, get out of town, go to Oakland where you can pick up your cash.
How beholden to the Mayor is Commish Cynthia Ruiz? In this piece, she's quoted as saying, "I love my life and every day I wake up grateful -- I'm grateful for the great leadership in the city." It's almost as bad as Steve Hymon referring to himself as a sage.
In Ontario, they're thinning the herd: "Authorities will begin forcing people without local ties to leave a homeless encampment that has grown to nearly 400 residents," the Daily News reports.
What matters is not the justice behind identifying Jamiel Shaw, Jr's. alleged assassin as undocumented, what matters is the perception. AP picked up the story yesterday, so God knows what cow counties around the US and the world are reading about it---and thinking about it---today.