Rev. Alice Callaghan: 'City Hall Pushed LA's Homeless Into the Streets'
Rev. Alice Callaghan, an Episcopal priest and former Catholic nun, has worked in Skid Row nearly 50 years. She’s selfless, hard working and highly respected. An endorser of Measure S, Callaghan believes City Hall’s rigged and broken planning and land-use system has forced L.A.’s homeless into a dire situation.
“There used to be 9,000 low-income housing units,” the reverend says. “Now there are barely 3,500. That is why the poor of Skid Row are sleeping on downtown sidewalks. City Hall has badly bent the zoning rules to allow luxury mega-projects for rich developers in exchange for money.”
In fact, a Los Angeles Times article in April 2016, titled “More Rent-Controlled Buildings Are Being Demolished to Make Way for Pricier Housing,” pointed out that “more than 20,000 rent-controlled have been taken off the market since 2001.”
Why? The Times reported that developers have torn down all that affordable housing to make way for “pricey McMansions, condos and new rentals.”
And it’s all been happening under the watch of the L.A. City Council and mayor, who have continuously bent protective zoning rules and approved the very same luxury housing mega-projects that Rev. Alice Callaghan is talking about.
Developers make millions in profits; L.A. politicians receive hundreds of thousands in campaign contributions from developers; and low-income, working-class and middle-class Angelenos lose their affordable homes.
We need to fix L.A.’s broken, rigged and unfair planning and land-use system.
Vote Yes on S on March 7.