Building a more affordable house
Camarillo Economic Development Corporation (CEDC), whose past projects have included housing for migrant farm workers, is near completion on Hacienda Guadalupe. The condominium development will increase the number of affordable housing units in Ventura County and deed restrictions insure that affordable homes will stay affordable. Limits placed on the re-sale price of each unit will stay in effect for 45 years after the date of initial purchase.
The 26-unit condo community includes two-story, three- and four-bedroom homes and is located in Oxnard’s Meta Street District.
Eligible families must be in an annual income bracket of $45,000-$68,000, placing them at 80% of the area median income (AMI), as per local Housing and Urban Development (HUD) guidelines. That means that a family of four must have a household income of no more than approximately $68,560; a family of five no more than $74,080 and a family of six, no more than $79520, according to the CEDC. They also stated that down payments are around $2,400.
The net cost of a three bedroom Hacienda Guadalupe home is $208,769, and for a four-bedroom home, $223,769. In Ventura County, this is now considered within the range of affordable housing.
“Typically, what before was considered affordable in this area has become less affordable for the average person,” says CEDC communications manager Jennifer Koch.
Homes are built in craftsman style and all include porches. The 1,275- to 1,593-square-foot units and are arranged in configurations of two, three, four project block or as individual homes, many of which are situated around the perimeter of a communal courtyard.
As with a typical condominium community, a homeowner’s association governs land use and decorating restrictions. Owners must pay a monthly fee for common area maintenance.
Last October, interested families were invited to a “housing lottery” at the Oxnard Performing Arts Center. Koch reports that some units are still available.
Not on our backroads
Concerned by what they see as the misuse of local highways and national forest roads, citizens on the Stop the Trucks Committee of Ojai (STCO) have planned a May 15 town hall-style meeting. The event should bring together interested parties to discuss the traffic-related issues on the roads surrounding Ojai.
The STCO object to the Ozena Gravel Mine’s application for a trucking permit extension that would allow more daily gravel hauls. The group is also concerned about the economic, environmental and safety impact of having Ozena’s gravel trucks on local roads for 30 more years. STCO invites members and the public to discuss this and the issue of Santa Barbara County-based Diamond Gravel Mine’s use of Ventura County roads as trucking routes.
STCO member Therese Hartmann takes issue with the fact that no official environmental impact report has been conducted regarding the potential damage that increased truck traffic may have on air quality.
“People are really upset because, even for the truck drivers, it’s totally unsafe for them. That road is just not meant to take those big huge trucks, it was built in the ‘50s,” said Hartmann.
She also explained that Highway 33 is one of the primary trucking routes that “runs through national forest. Instead of an industrial zone made for trucks, we want to preserve it for the original intention: public use, accessing national forest. It runs past Nordhoff High School, past Ojai Hospital, Villanova [Prepatory School], Miramonte Elementary. We’d like to get it closed down completely. We do not believe trucks should be using that route.”
Scheduled meeting speakers include Supervisor Steve Bennett, Ojai Mayor Carol Smith, Ojai Chamber CEO Scott Eicher, Ojai Unified School District Supervisor Tim Baird and Forest Watch Executive Director Jeff Kuyper.
Nava fits the bill
What do out-of-state disaster assistance measures, healthful school lunches and reformed delivery of absentee ballots have in common? They are all issues that are addressed in a lineup of bills authored by assemblymember Pedro Nava, and they all are relevant to Ventura County residents. Each passed through specialized state committees this week.
Assembly Bill 1564 would lengthen the Emergency Management Compact, which allows neighboring states to share resources and assistance with California in the event of a major natural or man made disaster. AB 1564 will extend the compact through 2012, allowing California to supplement inadequate resources in the event of an emergency. The bill will be presented to the California Assembly floor for consideration.
Assembly Bill 967 deals with the possibility of including fresh, locally grown farm produce into public school lunches. Nava believes this will benefit both the nutrition of school children and help the state’s agricultural industry flourish. AB 967 will be considered by the Assembly’s Agriculture Committee.
Assembly Bill 1167 would overhaul the absentee ballot system throughout the state. It will address complaints that problems with correct postage have hindered state elections. Nava hopes that a more standard process of ballot collection will prevent any voting irregularities.