Tomorrow night’s council meeting is a big one. Lots on the agenda, including the selection of 33 board and commission slots.
Here’s a short list of what staff is trying to get them all to do:
— They want the council to enlarge the big decision-making boards and commissions from five to seven members, and then pack them (soon) with the two new applicants each.
— They want the council to set up a new ‘pre-approved’ set of qualification criteria for all future board and commission positions, one that clearly favors the local establishment and business interests.
— They want the council to relax citywide zoning requirements and possible lot-size limitations on residential properties in order to “encourage” developers to construct more “affordable housing.”
— They want the council to establish a minimum $24,000 income requirement for housing affordability considerations, bypassing anyone under this floor amount who might truly be needy.
— They want the council to call conventional single apartments of 400 and 500 square feet “micro units,” instead of mandating or encouraging the construction of true micro units (with their subsequent lower cost) as a solution to the current housing crisis.
— They want the council to “consider” stacking the Landlord-Tenant Commission with a 3-2 membership preference in favor of the local landlord interests, and with no apparent shame.
A big night.