The community group called SACReD met with several Santa Ana City Council Members last night at a Community Meeting, to discuss a proposed CBA (Community Benefit Agreement).
The premise behind CBAs is that community leaders will work with developers and city planning agencies to assure services for local residents, when massive developments are planned in their areas.
Such is the case with the proposed Santa Ana Transit Zone. However, the effort in this case seems somewhat misguided since the Transit Zone development already includes affordable housing elements.
I was on the Santa Ana Redevelopment Commission when the properties the city acquired in the Lacy neighborhood area were first being abated. Many of them were filthy with asbestos and lead paint.
The city planners told us that the properties were acquired with redevelopment money. At the time they planned to build affordable housing on the west side, and then use the Lacy properties to build townhomes and lofts. Continue reading