• LG Resident Opinion: NOT IN MY DOWNTOWN! - submitted by Iddo Hadar

    NOT IN MY DOWNTOWN!
    Los Gatos Town's Planning Commission pushes affordable housing away

    Recently the Los Gatos Town’s Planning Commission was called upon to to plan for future affordable income housing units throughout Town. The commission’s response was a resounding “Not In My Downtown!” Paying only lip service to the concept of building affordable housing IN Los Gatos, the Commission’s plan-which will come before Town Council within a few weeks- is to essentially dump hundreds of low-income housing units in the “faraway lands” north of highway 85.

    The Planning Commission’s proposal to segregate low-income housing primarily into these “remote” parts of Los Gatos is mind-boggling, since it

    • exacerbates income disparity, by keeping future affordable housing away from affluent parts of town
    • worsens congestion, by keeping future affordable housing away from the less-dense parts of town
    • introduces a community divide, by maintaining future affordable housing away from the predominantly white neighborhoods of town

    During a November 14 public hearing, the Commission heard broad and strong feedback from the local community about the implications of the Commission’s lopsided plan; the Commission also received a note from the Campbell School District warning the Commission of the implications of its plan on local schools. However, the Commission brushed aside the community feedback, ignored the local school warnings, and rushed through the decision process, approved a hastily-written Environment Impact Report (without any comment or edit -- very unusual for the Commission) and essentially decided to let the Town Council make the call (in an upcoming meeting, Jan. 22).

    This plan makes no sense! It would segregate the community, load up local schools, drive up traffic congestion in our busiest intersections and routes, and hurt the environment; it will also do a disservice to the potential low-income residents whom we all would like to accommodate in Los Gatos.

    We -- a group of local residents -- have put together significant analysis showing the bias in the Commission's decision; we urge everyone to learn more about this situation by contacting our neighborhood group, at
    ChallengePlans@Outlook.com.

    - Iddo Hadar (on behalf of local residents)

    If you would like to submit an article, please email me: kir@insidelg.com

    Comments 35 Comments
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      "Affordable housing" = "a slum"?! Get a grip.
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      Unregistered -
      Come on, when have you ever seen an "affordable housing" development that did not turn into a slum? The entire purpose of this kind of housing development is to provide housing for poor people. It absolutely does not increase the value of surrounding properties.
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      Unregistered -
      The value of your house does not determine the value of your character.
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      Unregistered -
      The quantity and location of affordable housing proposed was absurd. This doesn't have to do with being a snob. It is economics. The amount of revenue generated will be less than the environmental, school and services (think police, parks, sports, etc.). Wise up. Our town has been changing for quite some time. This blog has many times complained about the blight on the east side. Now the north east side will be the projects. I am glad that the proposal was kicked back, but as a community, we need to continue to apply pressure to ensure that this foolhardy proposal doesn't pass.
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      Unregistered -
      Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
      Come on, when have you ever seen an "affordable housing" development that did not turn into a slum? The entire purpose of this kind of housing development is to provide housing for poor people. It absolutely does not increase the value of surrounding properties.
      Actually the low income housing on West Parr near Capri is a pleasant community, not a slum. Low income in Los Gatos means less than $50K per year. If we want our teachers, non-medical hospital staff, office workers and the like to live in our city then we have to stop this elitist NIMBYism.
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      Unregistered -
      If we want a place for our kids to buy crystal meth, let's stop this elitist NIMBYism.
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      Unregistered -
      your kids can already by crystal meth and any drug of choice at the local high school. You really can't believe that these things aren't already in lg, and that they would come if "low income" housing is built. Look at the apartments all along university. We already have the "slum."
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      Unregistered -
      If you care about crystal meth or any other ghetto influence then you will not push for expansion of our local slums.
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      Unregistered -
      Come on, don't you read the news? Some of the biggest dope dealers in Los Gatos recently have been once respectable doctors!
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Kids don't go to respectable drug dealers. They find somebody in a crappy housing project.
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      Unregistered -
      If you're seriously concerned that your kids would buy crystal meth in a "housing project" if they had the opportunity, then your kids are troubled and you should increase their supervision and take better care of them. If this is your concern, maybe it's your family and children whose influence others in this community should be concerned about.
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      Unregistered -
      I mentioned crystal meth to make a point. We don't have a crystal meth problem in Los Gatos, unlike Concord and Pittsburg and Richmond. Why? Because we have not indulged in a lot of low income housing projects.
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      Unregistered -
      Kids in this town don't need some slum to buy their drugs in. They just go to school or the 7-11 by the high school. People have been buy and selling drugs out of LG high for the past 40 years at least. This would include your meth, speed, cocaine, etc. Get real. These issues already exist in this town.
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      Unregistered -
      So, you're saying that we already have drugs in Los Gatos, so we should give up on keeping our "clean" small town atmosphere?

      We already have teenagers smoking pot, why don't we just build some project homes and give the cops a real challenge?
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      Unregistered -
      Our cops are too busy opening gun stores to deal with the problem at 7-11. The biggest party-kids in Los Gatos are from the wealthiest, most entitled families - the EXACT same people who don't want "those people" who make less than $50K to live here. Shall I post a few facebook photos to prove it to you?
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