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Opinion: Homes For Whittier Says We Should Build Granny Flats
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Opinion: Homes For Whittier Says We Should Build Granny Flats

Honestly, having a legally sound ADU ordinance is just the beginning. Whittier should be actively promoting ADUs (e.g. City website, bill inserts, Park and Rec classes), letting people know that building one is an option, making sure fees are reasonable and in line with other cities, making standard plans available and making low-interest loans or other financial help available for construction.

Resolving to Do Better on Homelessness
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Resolving to Do Better on Homelessness

A public safety response to homelessness is neither effective nor fiscally responsible. Ordinances that disproportionately impact people with nowhere else to be, when they are otherwise committing no crime, shouldn’t exist. Period.

A Call for Civility at City Hall
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A Call for Civility at City Hall

Tolerating hate speech, yelling, and clapping at Whittier City Council meetings is uncivil and invites lawlessness. The editor of Sustainable City News calls on City Council to make Public Comment safe by standing firm for civility.

Unhoused Residents at Parnell Park Face Imminent Eviction
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Unhoused Residents at Parnell Park Face Imminent Eviction

The Whittier City Council called an emergency meeting on Monday, January 6, after a 22-year-old woman was found dead of an apparent overdose at Parnell Park on New Year’s morning and a gunman attacked the encampment just days later. In the end, the Council voted to give a 10-day warning to the residents of the Parnell Park encampment before a temporary park closure.

Anthony
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Anthony

“Being homeless, you can never really relax. The lack of independence is the hardest part about living in the streets”