The recent decision by the California Democrats to make available for sale or lease more than 300 acres of land that was set aside for a university and innovation district to affordable housing developers has highlighted the Democrats’ disregard for their very own voters. Chula Vista, a city with a predominantly Hispanic population, has been lobbying for a four-year institution for nearly four decades, but their efforts have been thwarted by the government’s move to make the land available for affordable housing development.
This move threatens the city’s dream of creating a vibrant educational hub, which has been in the works for decades. The Democrats’ failure to put a university in Hispanic-heavy areas shows their disregard for their very own voters, leaving communities without the resources promised to everyone. Chula Vista is not alone in this plight, as many communities of color have been left behind by the Democrats’ empty promises.
The decision by the state to repurpose the land for affordable housing development has raised concerns among various stakeholders. While the San Diego Housing Federation acknowledges the potential benefits of having a university in South County, they have expressed worry that a development without affordable housing could lead to limited access to higher education for low-income students.
Chula Vista is taking steps to construct numerous housing units, including affordable options. However, there is unease that if the land is deemed surplus, developers could make bids to purchase the entire property, and if the city does not comply, the HCD could overturn their decision. This creates a significant risk for the city to lose sight of its 30-year plan.
The Democrats’ disregard for their very own voters is not new, as their actions once in office always seem to go against what they promised to get to that office. The passing of Assembly Bill 837 would be a victory for the people of Chula Vista and would ensure that their dream of creating a vibrant educational hub becomes a reality. It is time for the Democrats to start listening to their constituents and stop ignoring their needs and desires.
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