The Tattler has now begun to hear from residents who could actually lose their homes should SCAG's RHNA numbers become City policy, and we will be telling their stories in the weeks to come. It is very important that actual faces be put to this unfolding tragedy so that the real story can be accurately told. Some of these residents are quite poor themselves, adding a sad level of irony to the suspect claim that their evictions are due to a desire to benefit low income persons.
And in a stunning new discovery, The Tattler has now learned that Sierra Madre City Councilmember Joe Mosca, identified on the City of Sierra Madre site as being a member of various SCAG entities, actually serves on the committee that cooked up the RHNA numbers that are having such a negative impact on this town. This grouping, known as the Community, Economic and Human Development Committee (CEHD), is described on SCAG's site as follows:
"The role of the Community, Economic and Human Development Committee is to study problems, programs and other matters which pertain to the regional issues of community, economic and human development and growth. This committee reviews projects, plans and programs of regional significance for consistency and conformity with applicable regional plans ... The CEHD Committee has oversight of the Growth Visioning and Growth Forecasting processes, as well as the Regional Housing Needs Assessment, the Intergovernmental Review effort and the monitoring and analysis of the Regional Economy."
If you click here you'll be taken to this page and will be able to see the names of all the members of the CEHD. Joseph Mosca is listed there, but not as a City Councilmember of Sierra Madre. Rather he is attached to an organization called the San Gabriel Valley COG, which is in reality a sub-organization within the SCAG regional bureaucracy. I guess in the world Joe lives in that connection is the more prestigious.
Residents facing the possible loss of their homes through the RHNA process are being encouraged to attend upcoming City Council meetings to discuss what has become an extremely unhappy episode in their lives. It will be interesting to witness the discussions they will be having with Joe Mosca as they describe their fears and anguish from the podium.
It is the intention of this blog that each and every one of them will be made aware of Mr. Mosca's personal connection to their plight.