Not a YIMBY and not a NIMBY either

Letter to SC Sentinel, 12/12/2021 - Ross Gibson’s recent article has done us a favor providing thoughtful history about the negative labeling of concerned community members as “NIMBYs.” Also the history of the developer-financed YIMBY organization. We work hard for truly affordable housing, not merely lining developers’ pockets.

California legislation previously codified local control for land-use so each area could balance its varying needs and resources, recognizing that jurisdictions are different everywhere. With SB35 our City and others face drastic undermining of the crucial land-use purview for livable and diverse communities.

No one can change the past, but as a society we are always co-creating the future with our current decisions. It’s not just the Santa Cruz community that awaits seeing what our City Council decides at “this” moment in local history. Communities and local governments throughout the state are pushing back on the new laws undermining local control. Ross Gibson is right on target.

— Ron Pomerantz, Santa Cruz

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