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Re: Reparations and SB 50

From: domainremoved <Roberta>
Date: Mon, 6 May 2019 11:18:49 -0700

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
>
>
>
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Received on Mon May 06 2019 - 11:13:52 PDT

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