Gary Merrill was driving his Volkswagen van to his apartment on the UCSC campus when he saw four naked women lounging on his roof. After gawking a moment too long, he proceeded to run his van into a ditch. It was the early ’70s, and as I came to find out while researching this story,…
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Will local landlords be able to maintain grassroots affordable housing?
“Let’s turn the Palomar Inn on Pacific Avenue back into a hotel.” That’s the theme Good Times keeps hammering away at lately—most recently in its “Critics’ Picks” last month—with a bizarre lack of analysis as to how such a move would affect low-income housing locally.
If all goes according to plan, Sue Lawson will leave her home in La Selva Beach, where she’s been 32 years, for a new place where she hopes to really get to know the people around her. Lawson intends to move into a proposed 19-unit housing complex that’s up for a city council vote July 24. It would include a community kitchen and activity room—all in the name of getting to know the people next door a little better. “This is why it’s called an intentional community,” the 74-year-old Lawson says. “We meet once a week, and our building isn’t even going to be built for a year and a half.”
The regional community activist group COPA is gearing up to put lots of pressure this year on Monterey Bay candidates to do something about people losing their homes to banks. “There’s not enough trained people to deal with foreclosure,” says Jon Showalter of COPA, which stands for Communities Organized for Relational Power in Action. “The banks just kick you down the road.”
At a city council meeting that fell on Valentine’s Day, some community members raved about a proposed mixed-use development many hope will spice up Lower Ocean Street and make it safer too. But the city council wasn’t exactly showering love on the developer’s handling of the public process.