Why Did KidWorks Pull Letter Opposing Santa Ana Affordable Housing Changes?
The list of organizations opposed to real estate developer Ryan Ogulnick's move to phase affordable housing "opt-out" payments in SanTana reads like a "Who's Who" of progressives around town. Speakers took to the podium to voice displeasure at the planning commission meeting last week from Santa Ana Building Healthy Communities, Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development, the Kennedy Commission, Latino Health Access, and El Centro Cultural de Mexico, to name a few. The commission received scores of dissenting letters, too, before deadlocking 2-2 on recommending the changes to the city council. Lost in the fight was SanTana's own KidWorks nonprofit, whose Executive Director is councilman David Benavides, but only because they pulled their punches.
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