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NEWS
April 1, 2001
In regards to "Cut back affordable housing, Steel says" (March 23), I am very concerned about how often "our property values" were mentioned as opposed to how rarely human value was spoken of. Steel said that nonprofit organizations have "a negative impact and have hurt our overall quality of life." I think that Adrian would disagree. Adrian is an eighth-grader who studies after school at the Shalimar Teen Center, a THINK Together Learning Center and local nonprofit organization.
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By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | January 18, 2011
NEWPORT BEACH — Seldom do the words "affordable housing" and "Newport Beach" appear in the same sentence. Despite state laws intended to encourage more affordable housing, it's likely to stay that way as the City Council discusses ways to reuse the current City Hall site. Planners presented preliminary ideas for senior apartments there — a way to meet state affordable housing requirements — but some council members and residents have opposed affordable housing for seniors.
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By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | October 21, 2010
COSTA MESA — While City Council hopeful Sue Lester might have been labeled as a one-issue candidate, she said there are many reasons why she's qualified to help run the city. That one issue was medical marijuana. Lester, 43, owns a dispensary in the city and the fight to keep it and others open first drew her to council meetings. "Once I got to the meetings, and I started listening to everything that was going on, I continued to go because I wanted to know more about the city that I had a business in and I wanted to live in," Lester said.
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By Tom Ragan | March 8, 2010
Orange County, one of the wealthiest counties in the country, has about 17,000 homeless children, according to a study unveiled Monday at UC Irvine. “There’s this feeling that because people are wearing $45,000 watches around here and because reality TV shows are based here that we don’t have a problem with the homeless,” said Paul Leon, executive director with the Irvine-based Illumination Foundation. “Well, I’m here to tell you that we do, and it’s a big one.” More than 50 students, many of them interested in social service and public health, attended the seminar, hoping to learn more about the nonprofit foundation and how they could possibly volunteer their services.
NEWS
December 4, 2003
ON THE AGENDA Here are some items to be considered by the Newport Beach Planning Commission tonight. AFFORDABLE HOUSING The commission will consider whether the owners of a six-unit apartment building that now includes four units of affordable housing at 206 E. Balboa Blvd. can demolish the building to replace it with three single-family homes that would not qualify as affordable housing. WHAT TO EXPECT Staff members have conducted several studies to determine the best way to approach the issue.
NEWS
December 13, 2007
The state recently said Newport Beach is not complying with laws mandating affordable housing. Do you think the city is doing enough to address the need and what more do you think the city should do to address the issue?   This is an example of the state legislature mandating policies that ignore the free market and have negative unintended consequences. Concentrated low-income housing is not the answer. If anything, we need widely dispersed subsidized rental units and senior housing.
NEWS
By Ana Facio Contreras | July 6, 2006
COSTA MESA ? The City Council on Wednesday approved an 890-unit gated apartment complex, the largest in the city, according to city staff. The project, to be constructed on Anton Boulevard east of Sakioka Drive, consists of 46 three-story buildings. The buildings will include studios and one- to two-bedroom units. The council voted, 3-1, with Councilwoman Linda Dixon opposing the project. Councilman Eric Bever was absent. Dixon said she wanted to support the project, but she couldn't because the developer, the Irvine Co., was unable to designate affordable housing units in the project, called the Enclave.
NEWS
August 20, 2001
AFFORDABLE HOUSING The city received a report from the Orange County Grand Jury, titled "Affordable Housing, Light One Candle," which included findings and recommendations about the lack of affordable housing in Orange County. Costa Mesa is required by the state to respond to the report by Sept. 14. After reviewing the report, staff prepared recommended responses to be reviewed by the City Council. The response outlines the measures the city is taking to address the issueof affordable housing.
NEWS
By Kathleen Stinson | March 14, 2006
The Newport Beach planning commission voted Thursday to recommend the City Council reduce the city's goal for affordable housing in its general plan from 20% to 15%. In a 4-3 vote, the commission voted to recommend the reduction unless the public rejects the general plan update on the November ballot. Commissioners Jeffrey Cole, Barry Eaton, Larry Tucker and Michael Henn voted for the reduction, while Earl McDaniel, Robert Hawkins and Chairman Michael Toerge voted against. The council, which can either accept or reject the commission's recommendation, will take the matter up at a future meeting.
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By Brianna Bailey | June 18, 2008
Newport Beach could consider an ordinance as early as this summer to boost the number of affordable homes available in the city, but critics say Newport will have to do more to address its housing needs. “Our biggest concern is that the city is being non-responsive to state law,” said Scott Darrell, executive director of the Kennedy Commission on Affordable Housing, a watchdog group that monitors how Orange County cities are addressing housing needs. Newport Beach is out of compliance with state laws that require cities to address regional housing needs in their general plan, according to the California Department of Housing and Community Development.
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