West Walnut residents made one thing clear to the City Council Wednesday night. They don’t want low-income apartments in their neighborhood.
Several residents spoke at a City Council study session on affordable housing meant for city leaders to get some general information on potential parcels where a future affordable housing project might be built. The discussion continued during the regularly scheduled City Council meeting that followed.
Tom Weiner, community services director, said the city has be approached about potential projects on some sites, but nothing formal or even conceptual has been submitted as of yet.
Some of the residents said they had heard differently. A yellow flyer distributed in neighborhoods around Valley Boulevard and Castlehill Street read that the City Council planned to consider such a proposal.
“West Walnut is known as lower-income Walnut,” said Lyn Newman. “We have our share of low-income housing over there. We don’t need more.”
All of the council members said they hadn’t seen the flyer until the start of the meeting and the city didn’t have any plans to build a low-income apartment project.
“The flyer is false,” said Councilman Joaquin Lim. “The erroneous, deliberately misleading flyer was to get people down here.”
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