Housing Advocates Protest Settlement

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, May 8, 2007

The ordinance requires developers to make 15% of their new housing units affordable for low income families. The Building Industry Association filed suit against the law, but last month agreed to a settlement.

Members of the Sacramento Housing Alliance, like Abdul-Samee Taybeesh, say the county has kept them out of the loop. 

"Stop making these backroom deals. Let us know what’s going on."

During Tuesday's Board of Supervisor’s meeting, another affordable housing advocate, Betsy Wyland, said they should be included in the settlement talks. 

"Where is the partnership here? Where is the partnership between community and the electeds and our responsibility to everyone in our community?" 

But County Counsel Robert Ryan says housing advocates are jumping the gun and that they will be consulted before any final decision is made. 

"I understand the reaction here. On the other hand, not a lot of time has gone by and there is clear direction from the Board of Supervisors to include the housing advocates in this discussion."

Those talks with housing advocates are scheduled for September.