The City of Santa Ana used eminent domain to create a ghetto

(Picture Courtesy of the O.C. Register)

One thing that really irked me when I was on the Santa Ana Housing and Redevelopment Commission was the fact that the City of Santa Ana had purchased dozens of lots in the downtown area, near the train station, and had bulldozed them, leaving barren lots behind.  Many of these lots were purchased with money intended to help increase affordable housing.

Now the O.C. Register has exposed Ream’s real plans…and the fact that his policies have turned the area in question into a ghetto.

“Santa Ana has bulldozed dozens of homes and uprooted scores of mostly low-income people here, pursuing a vision of urban renewal that has instead gutted entire blocks. The city has spent more than $22 million in the past decade to create nothing out of the something that Carol Blair remembers,” according to the O.C. Register.

Eminent domain was used to force many people out of their homes.  Moreover, the Register revealed that many property owners bought these lots for cheap and then flipped them to the City, making a ton of money in the process.  I wonder how many of those guys were Pulido allies?

Government money and power should not be used in this fashion.  Ream should be called on the mat for ruining a huge swath of our city.  But, as usual, he will get away with it because our lame City Council is afraid of him.

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