That thousands of people would clamor to get onto a waiting list for affordable housing that already has thousands of names on it is a testament to the crushing demand that this and other cities will face for years to come.
This week, 3,848 applicants took part in a lottery to get one of just 1,200 spots on the waiting list for Casa De La Paloma, an affordable senior housing complex on Kenwood Street.
As Gov. Jerry Brown and legislators continue to press for the elimination of local redevelopment agencies to redirect their tax revenues to cash-starved Sacramento, cities like Glendale will lose a key tool for building affordable housing projects.
Developers largely depend on subsidies to build quality housing developments for low-income residents, but without redevelopment agencies, cities will be severely constrained in their ability to make the projects financially viable.
If that doesn’t bring state political wrangling to a very real, local level, what does?