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I Do NOT Support Homes at the Alma Street Library Location

From: domainremoved <Lisa>
Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2018 13:25:54 -0700

Dear Mayor & Council -

You will always be bombarded by organized groups to BUILD, regardless if
that growth irresponsibly fails to consider our infrastructure.

I have been a student of Plan Bay Area development for years and its
failure to address the empty promises of truly affordable housing. When a
plan fails, it is time for responsible planners to reassess, not move
forward as various HAAC groups (Housing at All Costs) whip you from behind.

IT IS TIME FOR CITIES TO PUSH BACK for so many reasons. Here are just a
few:

- *Removal of local control *- forcing each city to reach a build number,
regardless of fit
  (thanks to the on-going efforts of Sen. Scott Wiener/SB828)
  https://nine-county-coalition.squarespace.com/

- *Removal of true community input* - thereby diluting the Democratic
process
  https://nine-county-coalition.squarespace.com/plan-bay-area/

- *Exponential population growth *will force us very soon to drink
'recycled' water - which
  is a nice way to say RECYCLED WATER FROM YOUR TOILET.

https://www.pe.com/2018/08/17/toilet-to-tap-water-nearly-matches-bottled-h20-in-taste-test-university-researchers-discover/


- *Insurmountable infrastructure deficits* - How do we fund even a portion
of it at the same time cities are struggling with their pension debt?

https://www.forbes.com/sites/thomasdelbeccaro/2018/04/19/the-top-four-reasons-california-is-unsustainable/#183fbb4e3a23

The Housing Leadership Council has asked council folks OUTSIDE your city to
push you to build. I feel this is WRONG on so many levels. You know your
city best.

What you may not know is the depth and breadth of the 'new normal' being
forced upon you. The Nine County Coalition links above are packed full of
startling information.

WHY IS OUR STATE FORCING OUR HAND? WHY DOES THE HLC AND ITS ILK CONTINUE
TO BEAT A DRUM THAT FAILS TO DELIVER? WHY ARE THE TAXPAYERS (*your
constituents*) PAYING BOTH IN TERMS OF $$ AND THEIR QUALITY OF LIFE?

Our region is a PENINSULA. I liken it to a lifeboat. How many bodies can
you stuff in it before it sinks?

Finally, I leave you with this thought I shared with my own Council and
Planning Commission: *"I know the fear cities live in with regard to being
sued. At some point, we need to take back our power - and perhaps find out
from residents if they would prefer their tax dollars pay for all the
infrastructure to support immense growth they may not want, OR to defend
their city's own local control. My vote is for the latter."*

I thank you all for your work during this very difficult period of time in
our history, and urge you to push back against the pressure to plow forward
at a cost none of us can afford in the end.


Gratefully,

Lisa Taner

San Mateo Resident

4th Generation SF Bay Area Native
Received on Wed Aug 22 2018 - 13:25:13 PDT

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