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Re: Reparations and SB 50

From: domainremoved <chuck>
Date: Mon, 6 May 2019 12:03:00 -0700

I'll be there.


Muy excellente carta, Senor!

Carlos

On Mon, May 6, 2019, 11:19 AM Roberta Ahlquist <roberta.ahlquist_at_(domainremoved)
wrote:

> excellent! Please atend the meeting _at_(domainremoved)
> roberta
>
> On Sun, May 5, 2019 at 11:33 PM Aram James <abjpd1_at_(domainremoved)
>
>> Tomorrow’s joint session would also be a great time to raise and discuss
>> the issue of reparations.
>>
>> Aram
>>
>> P.S. See my comments below on this critical
>> Issue.
>> Palo Alto Weekly
>>
>> Spectrum - March 22, 2019
>> Letters to the editor
>>
>>
>> Editor,
>>
>> Although at first blush I find myself strongly supporting SB 50, I
>> appreciate the scope of the questions raised in Greer Stone and Pat Burt's
>> guest opinion in the March 15 issue of the Weekly ("SB 50 undermines
>> single-family neighborhoods and diversity").
>>
>> In the past, I was part of a group in Palo Alto called Stop The Ban
>> (STB), which fought to overturn/forestall Palo Alto's then-proposed ban on
>> vehicle dwellers.
>>
>> STB worked tirelessly for several years to convince the City Council and
>> faith groups to support a Safe Parking Program or what Stone and Burt's
>> article refers to as, "managed location for RV dwellers." The resistance to
>> the program was overwhelming.
>>
>> We organized a panel discussion on the topic at a local church that was
>> attended by about 100 folks, including former City Council member Karen
>> Holman. Our keynote speaker was a counselor from a very successful Safe
>> Parking Program in Santa Barbara. Still, we had no success in getting the
>> powers that be in Palo Alto to consider such a program.
>>
>> I'm wondering if the answer is not a total refusal to support SB 50's
>> call for more and dense housing, but rather, making certain that the bill
>> includes provisions for a very large percentage of the dense housing,
>> envisioned by SB 50, to be set aside, in perpetuity, for low- and very
>> low-income individuals, including seniors, people of color, the disabled,
>> the formerly unhoused, etc.
>>
>> In addition, we could begin a discussion of mandating housing for the
>> victims, and their families, of housing segregation going back generations
>> in Palo Alto. Yes, a big-time discussion of providing permanently free or
>> very low rent housing as a form of reparations for the wrongs Palo Alto
>> visited and continues to visit on our African-American brothers and
>> sisters. SB 50 could include language that would require a principled
>> discussion of reparations statewide.
>>
>> Aram James
>>
>> Park Street, Redwood City
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
Received on Mon May 06 2019 - 11:58:04 PDT

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