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Guest Column: LCF residents should stand up to Sacramento

December 04, 2013|By McCall Avery

I’d like to thank and applaud the news media and fellow resident William Lee for alerting the left-in-the dark public about pending plans for La Cañada Flintridge to accommodate 343 low-income units over the next eight years. After a mind-numbing 30-minute call with City Hall where I heard convoluted legalese, I find this new information and awareness campaign by people outside of the local bureaucracy refreshing and helpful. All residents have a right to know the truth in a timely manner — not just the 1,300 homeowners who live near a potential halfway house.

Why did the city hold a very contentious meeting about the future of our beloved small town the week of Thanksgiving when most local schools are closed and concerned families are away? While I want to give the city the benefit of the doubt, the questionable timing and appearance of secrecy seem shady.

Would someone please explain how for the last six years a plan has been crafted (and rubber-stamped?) with very little outside knowledge and little objection from the public that 343 low-income units, like a transitional boarding complex or a halfway house, would come to LCF? Did not one local leader object to this proposal as foolhardy or unsafe? Did not one public servant stand up to Sacramento and say enough is enough? Hard-working local taxpayers are sick and tired of bankrolling Sacramento only for our dollars to leave our city and our schools to finance and benefit people elsewhere.

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I’m calling on city leaders to stand up to Sacramento and to stand up for La Cañada Flintridge. Be brave! Have courage! You hold more power than you think — you hold the power of the purse strings. Tell Sacramento that we are fed up with one more redistribution of wealth scheme. We will not cow-tow to their plans to force us to create 343 low-income residences, like drug-rehab facilities or half-way houses, especially near a school. Let Sacramento sue us. This is a town full of concerned citizens (and attorneys) who likely object to this covertly crafted plan to erect Section 8 housing.

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