Interview with San Diego City Councilwoman Georgette Gomez

Quotes from Charter Local Edition Interview

8 freeway is a dividing line in San Diego between rich and poor communities

a good majority of our neighborhoods that have been historically neglected in most of these communities are south of the eight freeway eight i was born in race and in san diego and i was born in barrio logan one of the most underserved communities that we have in san diego my parents bust me out out of the community for my education and it was through that path that really i started seeing communities developed differently than my community

Have to build more affordable housing

“I’ve definitely been a strong advocate and ensuring that we build more affordable housing in San Diego the homeless population has grown for the past several years want to make sure that we prioritize addressing the homeless issue”

We need to identify developers that are willing to develop affordable housing

“at the end of the day it comes it comes out to identifying developers that are willing to develop affordable housing making sure that we are streamlining the possibility of an unpermitted need to make sure that that’s happening we need to make sure that we are going after state money to subsidize this housing we need to make sure that the resources that we have locally for homelessness are being utilized you know to resolve the issue ”

We’re not building enough housing, and people are also using San Diego as a second place to live

“we have more people living in San Diego and we’re not building enough housing so therefore people are either getting pushed out this is why the the the rents are going up because we don’t have there’s more demand and supply people aren’t able to purchase homes because it’s way out there and people are using San Diego as a second place to live vacation destiny which is great but what does that mean for the residents they’re not able to access their future home”

Interview with CA Assemblyman Todd Gloria

Quotes from Charter Local Edition Interview

People with good jobs can’t afford to live here

“what I’m increasingly hearing from my constituents is that they can have very well-paying jobs and yet they can’t afford to live here”

Let’s streamline, but make sure all the gains don’t flow to developers

“some things that come to mind is to remove certain barriers to construction that correlation areas and increase the overall cost of housing here’s the trick though is it as we remove those barriers and perhaps allow more inventory more inventory means the prices hopefully come down what I want to hear is that if we make some of those efforts which I think we generally should that that is actually reflected in the price and that those dollars dont just flow into developers pockets I’m all about capitalism…by all means but let’s make sure that if we reduce some of the efforts if we streamline certain things to make more product get on the market sooner it hopefully help more working families out that they actually see that reflected in the rent and then for sale prices”

Colleagues up and down the state see that this is a problem

my colleagues up and down the state rural urban coastal or central everyone’s experience in this problem so that says to me that there’s opportunity and yes I we have heard the concerns from the League of California cities and others about whether or not the state should have a role in this but here’s the thing if they don’t act someone must because this in action means that more families are struggling to make ends meet and while I’m always been concerned about the low-income community of families in our communities the truth is I’m having middle-class families come to me and say something must be done”

Interview with CA State Senator Toni Atkins

Quotes from Charter Local Edition Interview

Housing is a big crisis

” I mean that’s the crisis California is facing right now it used to be we just had to find resources for low-income subsidized housing which I think it’s what you’re talking about i am but right now what we’re dealing with is a crisis of housing affordability and affordable housing for middle-class Californians cannot find rentals are home ownership opportunities this is a big crisis”

We’re going to price Californians out of the ability to live here

I think more and more everyone realizes if we don’t put some resources towards this we’re going to really price regular Californians who were born here out of the ability to live here and that’s just wrong ”

Interview with West Covina Councilman James Toma

Quotes from Charter Local Edition

West Covina is a good “bedroom community”

“West Covina right we have about one hundred and seven hundred ten thousand people very diverse City its majority Latino is a good number of Asian Americans also we have middle class we have wealthy people we have working class poor people so it’s a very diverse interesting place it’s a good bedroom community a lot of I families go there because good community to live in good schools”

Two big malls in West Covina

“two big ones of people know there’s the plaza west covina which is people refer to it as the west covina mall right why they’re out of ten thousands and thousand people passed by it he is every day huge is probably the largest mall in the San Gabriel Valley area ”

…”the other one is the Eastland center over there off of Branca not too far away on the other side of the freeway that has the target and a lot of shopping center shopping stores and restaurants and things like that and that also does very”

Moderator: Cities are supposed to revise their general plan every 10 years or so

“every city is supposed to look at its general plan which I’m holding up right now every aisle maybe ten years or so there’s no prescription of when it should happen but when’s the last time west covina looked at a general plan in over 30 years it was in Maycomb 85 when it last looked at its general plan”