Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing: Heading Our Way?

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(Mod: There is a great blog from up in northern California called "Save Marinwood." They face many of the same SB 375 spawned problems that we face here, and they write about those issues quite a bit. They also keep an eye on Washington DC, and have now filed the following rather frightening report. If you think SCAG is bad, or that Sacramento's housing and planning demands are out of control, wait'll you get a load of the Orwellian madness they're cooking up at HUD.)

Defund HUD's Affirmative-Action Zoning (link) - Using its power of the purse, Congress can stop what might be the most disturbing social-engineering project ever undertaken by the federal government. Will it?

Last week, House Republicans pushed through an amendment to a HUD spending bill that defunds enforcement of the agency's new "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing" rule.

The Orwellian-sounding regulation, set for final OK in October, would force some 1,200 municipalities to redraw zoning maps to racially diversify suburban neighborhoods. Now it's up to Senate Republicans to tie up this local power grab by the Obama administration.

Under the scheme, HUD plans to map every U.S. neighborhood by race and publish "geospatial data" pinpointing racial imbalances. Areas deemed overly segregated will be forced to change their zoning laws to allow construction of subsidized and other affordable housing to bring more low-income minorities into "white suburbs." HUD's maps will be used to select affordable housing sites.

It's part of an ambitious agenda to eliminate "racial segregation," ZIP code by ZIP code, block by block, through the systematic dismantling of allegedly "exclusionary" building ordinances. In effect, federal bureaucrats will have the power to rezone your neighborhood.

The crusade has already started in New York's Westchester County, where HUD is withholding millions of dollars in community development block grants until the area relaxes zoning rules and builds 750 affordable housing units. Aurora, Ill., is under order to build 100 such units. Suburban counties in California, Texas and Iowa are under similar HUD order.

And they're just the tip of the iceberg.

Once HUD creates a national discrimination database and supplies "nationally uniform data" of what it thinks 1,200 communities should look like, it threatens to reshape the demographics of every neighborhood in America. By showing statistical "disparities," the database would render charges and findings of actual discrimination unnecessary.

This has zero to do with housing discrimination, which has been illegal since 1968. This is about redistribution of resources. It's also about political redistricting, a backdoor attempt by Democrats to gerrymander voting districts in their favor.

Who will derail this wicked project? Hopefully, a champion of the 10th Amendment will step up in the Senate to protect this basic federalist principle of local self-determination

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31 comments:

  1. It is so mind boggling. What do we do to fight this? Where do we get more info? What next?

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  2. People we elect do this to us. Chu, Schiff, all those idiots.

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    1. The operative word there is idiot for sure.

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  3. Don't worry, people. It's a process!

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  4. Wow, SCAG on steroids.
    And of course the reality is once "affordable" is built with all kinds of Federal money, as soon as possible, it's flipped into what the market will bear, and the only profit is for the developer.
    Depressing.

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  5. This completely gets it wrong. Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing is part of the original Fair Housing Law from 1968. This is not a new effort but a new process since the original regulations have not worked. HUD or the Federal Government are not going to tell localiites what to do but localities will have to figure out how to lower barriers that still cause segregation. Unfortunately discrimination is still a real thing. We should not be afraid to confront it just because its hard. Ultimately, don't we believe EVERY American should be able to live where they wish?

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    1. But 8:14, if you're telling people where to live and who to have for neighbors, how is that allowing EVERY American the ability to live where he or she wishes?
      You are really advocating for some people's rights, not all people.

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    2. It is just another mechanism designed to impose low income housing in upper and middle income neighborhoods. Anyone with the money can live anywhere in this country. Racial discrimination is both illegal and wrong. But this will only help to ruin nice places. People have a right to plan and maintain their communities.

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    3. I want to live in your house, 8:14. Get out.

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    4. In California we are told we must accommodate low income housing because it is green. Washington tells us it will right the wrongs of racial equality. The truth is this is designed to help prop up the always teetering development industry. Likely done in exchange for their generosity at campaign time. Don't you love it that our elected officials can lie to us like this?

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    5. 8:14 - "This is not a new effort but a new process…"
      What is the difference between a new effort and a new process?

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    6. @ 8:14 - I would like to live in a nice neighborhood free of affordable/ subsidized housing or stack n pack housing inconsistent with single family homes around it.

      Thanks.

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    7. The short answer is no, although every American may have the right to live anywhere they want, they don't necessarily have the ability in terms of the financial means. I'd love to live on the strand in the South Bay, but it's not attainable at this early point in my life. Those that played their cards right in one way or another deserve to be there and I fully support that. Affirmative action and all of the other pathetic and unfair attempts the government had forced on us are absolute failures, and this train wreck will be no different.

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  6. http://californiapolicycenter.org/land-use-facts-vs-land-use-ideology/

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    1. Stanley Kurtz had written books and essays about the war against the suburbs. Obama and the big spending liberals know the big cities are bankrupt so they want the burbs to pay.

      From his book "Spreading the Wealth: How Obama is Robbing the Suburbs to Pay for the Cities":
      "Behind the scenes, plans are under way for a serious push toward wealth redistribution, with the suburban middle class—not the so-called one percent—bearing the brunt of it....

      In the eyes of Obama’s former mentors—fol­lowers of leftist radical Saul Alinsky—suburbs are breeding grounds for bigotry and greed. The classic American dream of a suburban house and high quality, locally controlled schools strikes them as selfishness, a waste of resources that should be redirected to the urban poor."

      It's all about the money. What do you think SCAG, etc. is all about?

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    2. Nice to know Sierra Madre is loved by the Commander In Chief. Who is running against Chu this time?

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    3. Jack Orswell. He's a good man.

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    4. ABC - Anybody But Chu

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    5. Chu is in big support of extending the 710 up to the 210. That's enough reason right there to hold her in absolute disdain.

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    6. How did we ever get stuck with her anyway?

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  7. Wow! the "evil" Republicans stopped some of the funding for this "process".

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    1. Desperate times demand desperate measures.

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  8. So if you are poor you can live in Sierra Madre in brand new housing and at far lower a cost than anybody who lives here now? Wow. Is it called Obama Housing?

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    1. No, it's called "Low Income, Low Moderate Income, or Moderate Income Housing as per SCAG.

      For 2:37, what do you think the "Affordable Housing" project proposed by the City & Heritage Partners at the old YAC (corner of Highland & Hermosa) will be?

      Please, get yourself down to Bean Town or Starbucks and WAKE UP AND SMELL THE FREAKIN' COFFEE!

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    2. I prefer Obama Housing. It is easier to remember.

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    3. I want a Biden Box.

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    1. Good to see the Civility Party checking in. Must be $1 beer night.

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  10. 8:33 are you still at the Buc??

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