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Keep Pacifica Like "Mayberry"

Oddstad School Meeting discussion on future of site. Various divergent opinions including low-cost housing option.

I want to thank everyone who turned out Wednesday night to on the future of the Oddstad School property. 

There were differences of opinions but that is good. This was a brainstorming session to hear from members of the community about what they want. The (PSD) is seeking to lease the property on a long-term basis to a developer.

Several people from Peninsula Interfaith Action (PIA) proposed that affordable housing be built. This group spoke of their concern for new teachers just out of college earning $30K-$35K/year being unable to live in Pacifica or new college graduates who have to pay off student loans. They were followed by several people who live in Park Pacifica (including myself), who voiced their opinions that high density, low-income housing units might breed crime, gangs and drug dealers.   

Having lived in Park Pacifica for nearly 30 years, I love this quiet, safe neighborhood. If low-cost housing units are built, what guarantee do we have that the types of people the PIA group were talking about (teachers, EMTs, paramedics, etc.) would move into these apartments? What guarantee do we have that instead of struggling college graduates we have high school dropouts or gang members move in who take advantage of the low-cost housing and totally change the quality of life in our neighborhood?

While Pacifica and the entire Bay Area is an expensive place to live, as a realtor I can say with certainty that purchasing a home in our area is more affordable than it has been in years. Home prices have fallen 25-plus percent, interest rates are at historic lows - below 4 percent and FHA loans are available with low down payments - under 5 percent. There is affordable housing available now in Pacifica. 

One of the speakers at the meeting was a retired police officer who lives directly across from Oddstad School. She said living in Park Pacifica was like living in "Mayberry" and she did not want to see that changed. She has seen what can happen in communities like Daly City and San Bruno with low-cost housing projects. She is in a position to know. I did not hear anyone from the PIA group say they lived close to Oddstad School. I do. I am not a heartless person. I just want my grandchildren who play in this court to be safe as well as all the children in Park Pacifica. I like living in "Mayberry". 

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Erin Macias March 04, 2012 at 08:55 PM
I think part of the issue is that people are not properly informed about HUD issues and income limits. Here is something that you may find useful. If you plug in CA, San Mateo County, you will see that the proposed Affordable Family Housing is not Section 8. The people who are eligible for this type of housing make close to 6 figures or do make 6 figures and can afford to purchase homes on the market right now in Pacifica. People who are making beginning teacher salaries do not qualify if I understand this correctly, they do qualify for Section 8. If the City does not fill these homes with AFH level, they convert it to the next tier and then it becomes Section 8. Please correct me if I am misinformed. http://www.huduser.org/portal/datasets/il/il2012/select_Geography.odn
Rebecca Guzzetta March 08, 2012 at 05:49 PM
my thoughts exactly!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jadine Cehand June 10, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Pacifica, like Mayberry is an outdated community lacking in diversity. As the city continues to suffocate itself with lack of forward thinking, development and reality it becomes less and less desirable to newer generations of broad minded thinkers. What a relief to sell our home in Park Pacifica to move to a place where time and ideas do not stand still. Go, Mrs. Erbacher! I have no hope there will ever be change.
Pacificat June 10, 2012 at 06:36 PM
What would "forward thinking" look like for Pacifica? What would be desirable to "broad minded thinkers"? I consider myself to be a broad minded and forward thinking person, but I don't understand what you're talking about. What place did you move to "where time and ideas do not stand still"?
concerned voter June 10, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Plenty of room for affordable housing around the Catholic Church at the end of Linda Mar Blvd., just 1/2 mile south of the Oddstad school site. Maybe PIA can put their affordable housing there? Isn't PIA affiliated with that church?

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