State law does not help residents

It has been reported that Santa Barbara city employees have considered certain neighborhoods as where future new housing developments should be located. That is, Eastside, Westside, Milpas Corridor and others. Mainly Latino and low income. But not in traditionally white upscale neighborhoods like the Mesa, San Roque, or Samarkand. Under a state law that benefits beloved developers, lower land costs will ensure maximum return on their investment.

A recent federal investigation found that the City of Chicago pursued a discriminatory pattern of “encouraging” the relocation of certain businesses out of white neighborhoods into non-white neighborhoods. This violates state civil rights law.

This practice benefited white neighborhoods at the expense of black and Latino citizens. A Chicago resident claimed the city “supports environmental racism.” The city of Chicago even participated in a deal to move a business to another neighborhood. The federal inquest said, “Without the City’s leadership, the relocation would not have occurred.”

This state edict smells like bad fish. What’s infuriating is that when these new units are built, some are bought as second or third homes by the wealthy, or turned into weekend motels (which directly benefits city revenue), and the displaced people will never be able to afford them. .

David Blunk
St. Barbara