If I had $5.7 million

Sacramento City Councilmember Sean Loloee continued his personal war against affordable housing last week in spectacular fashion, claiming repeatedly that a proposed 124-unit apartment building for low-income residents in his district would “destroy a community,” and then arguing with Mayor Darrell Steinberg.

This simple item on the consent calendar–which was nothing more than a nod to the nonprofit developer to apply for $5.7 million in grants so that city residents wouldn’t have to foot the bill–should have taken no more than a couple of minutes to pass.

But Loloee harnessed the NIMBY rage of Woodlake homeowners to drag the item on for nearly two hours.

The item passed, but just barely. Councilmembers Angelique Ashby, Jeff Harris and Mai Vang voted against the money, showing that the future of affordable housing in Sacramento rests on a razor’s edge.

Guest host/librarian Tibby also shares a bit about her new show, The At Home Librarian Podcast, which she hosts with her educator friend Alexis.

We also discuss the formation of the Community Care First Sacramento Coalition, a collection of organizations advocating that Sacramento County’s budget actually serves the people of the region. You can join them at 12:30 on Wednesday, June 8 at 700 H Street for their Budget Action and Brunch event before the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors meets to discuss the county budget.

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