Unfortunately, this is not an April Fool's Day post. Coming on the heels of the 94010 = No. 24 post below is this Daily Journal article about the City of Burlingame getting into the affordable housing business. It first surfaced a year ago, so you can catch up here.
The Burlingame City Council is set, during a meeting Monday, April 5, to approve entering an exclusive negotiating agreement with Pacific West Communities to build an affordable housing development on city property currently used as a downtown parking lot.
The pending agreement is part of a larger vision by officials to leverage underutilized city property into more parking and housing units in a city where the high cost of living has become a contentious issue.
The decision to select an affordable housing developer comes just days after residents frustrated with the escalating cost of living in Burlingame took steps toward filing a ballot initiative aiming to repeal the city’s anti rent control ordinance, as well as establish a variety of other renter protection policies.
Putting aside the last failed "exclusive negotiating agreement" at the Post Office, I would much prefer to see the ballot initiative be attempted. Let's have a vote on so-called "affordable housing" with taxpayer monies. Actually, I thought we just did and that candidate was beaten by 1,000 votes times two. The last I checked, the parking situation downtown was on more people's minds than how to squeeze even more cars (and their drivers) into downtown. And that's no joke.