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By E.A. Barrera

Photo by E.A. Barrera:  Property in Lakeside saved from development by CEQA

February 16, 2019 (San Diego) --- There is a false and very dangerous idea being advanced that somehow the crises of affordable housing can be solved by weakening or gutting the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and other zoning and environmental protections. 

Groups calling themselves "Yimby" (Yes in my backyard) have formed across the state. At first glance their intentions seem great - organize and advance the development of greater densities within existing neighborhoods to provide more housing for low income residents. 

But these organizations have swiftly become fronts for development, real estate and banking interests who seek to eliminate all rules regarding development. These interests push a tired and flatly deceptive line that if only they could be allowed to develop more supply, the trickle down effect would be lower prices across the board in housing.


This is nothing but corporate greed rearing it's ugly head once more and seeking the same conditions of inflated, artificial price gouging which caused the problem of un-affordable housing in the first place.

Ask anyone - specifically politicians - advocating "increasing housing supply" the basic question ... How many new dwellings would have to be built in any neighborhood to make housing affordable to a person earning $15-$20 per hour?

A better solution to the affordable housing crises is to increase government regulation and oversight of the real estate and development industry, removing such things as "in lieu of fees" to local governing agencies, which developers take advantage of to avoid any development of low income housing.

End the practice of development on open space when redevelopment of older neighborhoods, and specifically abandoned or under-used retail and office space could be redeveloped into affordable housing.

Force all elected officials to do their jobs and protect the greater good of their constituents from the short term greed of developer interests. Protecting the environment and providing affordable housing are not mutually exclusive. This is a golden opportunity to institute sustainable planning and development that can lead to a better, cleaner and more equitable situation for all of us in California.



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Uncontrolled development

Great article. Shows that the City & County long term plans were and are a farce. As a senior San Diegan, I have seen this brewing and occurring all my life. It even trickles down to what is happening in our face in El Monte Valley. Multi billion dollar sand mining which will destroy El Monte Valley right in our faces pushed by money & power. Our Supervisors remain in concert when they vote and I believe they play a game - our Supervisor opposes, the others approve; making the area Supervisor seem to remain a "Representative" of their voters. Right on top of this active sand mining project, another popped up in Cottonwood. It is not about good management, but forthcoming needs for new concrete construction for projects like hi rises, stadiums, border walls etc. The rug needs to be pulled and our "Representative" government needs to roll back its representation and planning and appropriately do their jobs. It has come down to housing and mostly because of the onslaught of "illegal aliens" backing up available housing for "Americans". God bless America and the first Amendment!