City Council member Sally Clark has had it with microhousing and small-lot development advocate Roger Valdez. 

That's the only conclusion I could reach, anyway, after reading the Facebook back-and-forth between the council member and developer advocate, which started when Clark posted an image of a sign outside City Hall's emergency shelter, which read, "Shelter Full." 

"City Hall shelter full at 8:30pm on a mild summer night," Clark wrote. "I thought numbers were supposed to go down in summer."

Valdez commented that "Unfortunately ... the City Council has no plan to increase housing supply of any kind; Instead Sally Clark has proposed legislation (and it is draft legislation, otherwise what would we have appealed) to downzone the City's lowrise zones. Instead of actively doing something, or nothing, the Council is being lead by members who are taking housing away." 

Valdez was referring to proposed legislation that would make it harder for developers to build taller buildings (up to five stories, including a basement, as opposed to three) in low-rise-3 or LR-3 zones. Opponents say allowing taller buildings will destroy the character of nearby single-family neighborhoods; proponents say banning the taller buildings would eliminate the ability to develop as many as 2,000 new units a year.
Clark's response: 

Roger, your fantasy world construction of people being against new housing poisons debate makes it so much harder to get the truly affordable housing we need. It's too bad you don't see that. I wish it were worth engaging with you anymore on important policy questions. It was valuable at one time.

And Valdez's comeback:  

It was. I'm ready to talk when it isn't about me, but what your ideas are. You're an elected official with influence over these issues, and we'll hold you accountable. We're always willing to talk alternatives but you have to be willing to listen and not dismiss a voice that challenges you. You're being smaller than your office. But I'm more concerned about the issues than you or me. Ready to move on when you are.

For much, much more acronym-laden debate (DADUs! AMI!) between Valdez and Clark on small-lot development, mother-in-law apartments, and the pros and cons of microhousing (AKA aPodments), check out Clark's Facebook page.


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