Thanks to Los Altos Mayor Lynette Lee Eng and Councilwoman Anita Enander for alerting us to the loss of local control and quality of life inherent in the CASA Housing Compact (“Cities brace for proposed housing legislation,” Dec. 26).
The CASA roster comprises 53 individuals appointed by the (retiring) Metropolitan Transportation Commission director. The group is dominated by housing developers, the building industry and pro-growth advocates. Google and Facebook – two companies whose unmitigated office growth created the housing problem – are also repre- sented.
A new Regional Housing Enterprise governmental agency would be formed with authority to impose taxes; issue debt; buy, lease and sell land; and administer zoning standards for the region’s nine counties.
None of these “representatives” has been or will be democratically elected to these roles.
CASA is proposing a menu of new taxes on property owners, developers, employers and local governments, plus an additional one-quarter-cent sales tax, plus interest on any bonds issued.
While CASA is publicly financed through the MTC, it can operate in secret without meeting minutes and without adhering to the Brown Act because it’s not an official legislative or judicial body.
I urge all residents to read this article to understand CASA’s threat to local government and to our democracy: tinyurl.com/ ycmtcm5r.
Time to offer LAH community center
The time has come for Los Altos Hills to join every city on the Peninsula and offer a community center for classes and senior programming and new space that could serve as an emergency shelter.
Currently, the town is planning a $2 million to $4 million expansion and remodel that fails to address the needs for more staff workspace and community programming.
Members of the Parks and Recreation Committee and some town residents have developed an alternative expansion plan called Plan B. We invite you to review this conceptual plan at the website lahcommunitycenter.org and discover how this plan offers a more thought-out plan to serve Los Altos Hills residents and staff.
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