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The headline on the front page of Wednesday’s Los Alamos Monitor, “Intern housing bleak on Hill” made me want to say, “You think?”
The destruction of housing on Central Avenue has seriously contributed to the lack of housing for Los Alamos National Laboratory summer students as well as those who work at low paying jobs and need affordable housing.
Councilors Fran Berting and Jim Hall said in February 2008 that the county was purchasing the Central Avenue property with money from the Self-Sufficiency Fund to clean it up and put it into the hands of a private developer.
Did they forget to tell the incoming council that this was their promise to the community? Or was it just a hollow statement so the community would not question the removal of the property from the tax base and the removal of necessary housing from the community to make room for a huge government building that will contribute nothing to economic development?
Self-sufficiency funds were given to Los Alamos in FY 1997 under the Atomic Energy Commission Community Act for the purpose of diversifying the economy and to free the county from its dependence upon DOE/LANL. ≈
Beginning in the FY 2010 budget, the name of the fund was changed to Economic Development Fund.
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