On Wednesday, in a 4-2 decision, City Council was given a choice between two plans for a development agreement for the Village Trailer Park. One option gave the developer, many millions of dollars, in special development rights, greatly in excess of zoning code, as a reward for destroying an entire neighborhood, and throwing 100 families out of their homes. The other plan, gave the developer less special rights, but preserved the homes of the remaining residents.
The two deciding votes were cast by Terry O’Day and Pam O’Connor, who’s SMRR nominations were rejected by a majority of the SMRR members, who participated in endorsement elections.
However, the SMRR Steering Committee overrode the vote of its membership, and gave Mr. O’Day and Ms. O’Connor, the SMRR endorsement, which directing resulted in their winning their seats on City Council.
The results of the SMRR Steering Committee’s betrayal, to its membership, has now come to fruition, as City Council has adopted the policy that developers can now use development agreements as a tool to destroy rent control housing.