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April 26, 2001
Mathis Winkler NEWPORT BEACH -- Bringing the city a step closer to adding more affordable housing for seniors, City Council members agreed Tuesday to solicit proposals from developers. The city has about $2 million to subsidize an affordable housing project. The money comes from the One Ford Road project, for which the developer decided to hand the city money rather than build low-rent apartments. The city's general plan requires developers to set aside a percentage of their projects for affordable housing.
February 8, 2007
Would you support a citywide program that requires developers to provide affordable housing? No, I would not support such a program. The middle-class home buyer pays the price of programs such as this in higher housing prices. It is ironic that some demand that we increase the price of housing with a $19,000-per-unit, low-cost-housing tax — all in the name of affordability. ERIC BEVER Costa Mesa city councilman Did not respond. LINDA DIXON Costa Mesa city councilwoman Did not respond.
January 14, 2000
Andrew Glazer COSTA MESA -- There's little the city can do on its own to significantly satisfy increasing demand for affordable housing, city officials said in a report earlier this week. The report said the city should expand on its preexisting affordable housing programs -- which include providing grants, loans and incentives for property owners to build and maintain affordable housing -- instead of seeking revolutionary new housing policy options.
By By Lindsay Sandham | December 3, 2005
Avalon recently announced that 25 apartments will be discounted for those with lower incomes. Newport Beach and Costa Mesa may be viewed as relatively affluent areas in Southern California. But there are many seniors living on fixed incomes who cannot afford to live here. The staff at Avalon at Newport -- a Newport Beach independent assisted living community -- received many requests to address the needs of low-income seniors, while undergoing a major remodel for the past two years.
March 23, 2001
Jennifer Kho COSTA MESA -- More expensive housing would improve the city by bringing richer people into its borders, Councilman Chris Steel said at a community meeting Wednesday. "I want to attract people who can really afford to live here," Steel said. "It would improve our property values, improve our schools. That's been my goal from day one. I'm not in favor of subsidized housing or affordable housing. We've got to get serious about the people we're letting live here."
February 28, 2003
I heard from a good authority that the city of Newport Beach has plans to approve the construction of an affordable housing project, some 150 units, in the lower part of the currently open space bound by East Coast Highway, Jamboree and Back Bay Drive. This is a bad idea. First, inland open space, particularly with a view, is sparse in Newport Beach. Here is a chance to preserve a small open parcel that is on par with the Castaways site. Second, the space in question is an integral part of our Upper Newport Bay estuarine system.
June 4, 2001
Young Chang COSTA MESA -- Residents wanting to tell their stories gathered on Sunday for a housing forum that resembled, at times, a small pep rally. More than 200 locals concerned about affordable housing filled a parish hall at St. Joachim's Catholic Church for a three-hour session on tenant rights in Orange County. The Orange County Congregation Community Organization, a grass-roots faith group made up of 12 congregations and five denominations, and St. Joachim's organized the forum.
April 13, 2002
Lolita Harper COSTA MESA -- A large trash bin poised outside of an Eastside apartment complex Friday marks the beginning of a chance for a sober life for some and the devastating end to affordable housing for others. Morningside Recovery, a Newport Beach-based business, recently bought an apartment complex in the 1700 block of Orange Avenue with plans to convert the building into a sober-living home, manager Jeff Yates said. While Yates and his colleagues gear up to open shop in the newly purchased complex, Carrie Stevens and her neighbors are hard-pressed to find new homes.
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