Affordable Housing Plan Rejected in Anaheim

23 Jan

ocregister.com reports that an Anaheim planning commission rejects plan for homes next to Disneyland:

At a Planning Commission meeting, Disneyland and tourist-business officials spoke against the proposal to permit residential uses in the Anaheim Resort, saying it could hurt tourism expansion.

But affordable-housing and union officials praised the plan as a way to put low-cost residences near where resort employees work.

Housing for Cast Members vs. “tourism expansion.” Does anybody really think that the Disneyland area needs more support for tourism? Puh-leeze. Give the Cast Members decent, affordable housing near their place of work. Everybody wins.

4 Responses to “Affordable Housing Plan Rejected in Anaheim”

  1. Susannah Cate Lustica March 3, 2007 at 4:15 pm #

    As a former Anaheim resident (1956-1969), former Disneyland monorail operator (1965-1969), current Disney shareholder, and a current member of St. Vincent de Paul’s Voice of the Poor, I’m disgusted by the pressure applied by Disney to roadblock a needed part of the housing industry. Notice it wasn’t called “low income housing” but “affordable housing”. That’s because the former has a negative/tenament image. Nowadays affordable housing is attractive, safe and fits into other residential neighborhoods. Just Google St. Vincent de Paul, Lane County, Oregon, and look up housing. Some of our affordable housing looks better than the houses already in the neighborhood. Having housing for employees, in the service industry in Anaheim, near their job makes so much sense. They save the cost of gas, parking(they can take a short bus ride), time delays in traffic, and no auto emissions! Believe me there are plenty of hotel/motel rooms available in that area.

  2. Kitty-chan March 3, 2007 at 4:41 pm #

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment Susannah.

    I’ve been continuing to follow the story; anybody running a search on news.google.com can see there’s been plenty of continued pressure by Disney. A very sad situation.

  3. HGM July 14, 2007 at 5:46 pm #

    The area in question was already zoned commercially for tourism. Who can argue the fact that Disney has been a huge positive factor in our economy? Why should some other outside big-money company have the power to change that zoning anymore than Disney or anybody else? It is obvious that those backing SunCal have their own self-interest in mind. After all, unless rent and/ or resale control is imposed, how long will the so-called “low-income housing” remain low cost? Such housing units in a new development, will within a short time, no longer be affordable.
    A good example of this is the “low-income housing” that was built in Brea, Fullerton and Irvine whose prices have soared to over $600,000/unit and most 2bdrms. are renting for over $1700.
    Arbitrarily rezoning for (temporary) low-cost housing is no solution for housing of Disney’s workers.
    Perhaps, instead, Disney could be persuaded or made to provide discounted rental housing for ONLY their OWN workers with their own controls as a condition for the development permits.

  4. Kitty-chan July 17, 2007 at 1:28 pm #

    HGM, seems to me that your last suggestion sounds like the perfect prescription for a ‘company town’ . . . a concept that didn’t turn out to serve workers all that well in the past.

    I do agree with you that affordable housing must be structured in a way that ensures it remains affordable. I believe there are known solutions to that problem.

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