By Brittany Hanson/Garden Grove Journal
The Tina-Pacific neighborhood in northern Stanton received a lot of action in public hearing motions at the city council meeting. The city council and the redevelopment agency, comprised of council members, approved items in the public hearings related to the formation of a Public Action Committee PAC.
The PAC is formed to serve as a voice for the community in the development of the Tina-Pacific properties. It will be comprised of two permanent resident owners, two resident tenants, two local business owners and one appointed member of a community organization.
Information about applying for the positions is going to be mailed to residents and businesses in Stanton on Thursday, April 15.
“I think this will be a good thing,” said David Shawver, mayor pro tem.
Shawver said that the PAC would help with dialogue as to the use of the acquired properties.
The city council voted on an amendment to allow the RDA involvement in the process of redeveloping the Tina-Pacific neighborhood in Stanton. Normally, the RDA is barred from such involvement in residential cases of use of eminent domain, however, the amendment will allow them to work to form the PAC.
The Tina-Pacific neighborhood, located near Magnolia Street and Ball Road, has the highest crime rates in the city.
The neighborhood makes up only a small portion of Stanton, but it is responsible for 11 percent of the crime that occurs.
Eminent domain can be used in the case that a property owner does not want to sell, although the area is considered blighted. In this situation, there are properties bought by the city and then razed in order to make way for new development.
According to California Health and Safety Code Section 33385(a)(1) a PAC must be formed, “If a substantial number of low and moderate income persons reside in a redevelopment are, and a redevelopment plan, as adopted, will contain authority for a redevelopment agency to acquire, by eminent domain, property on which any persons reside, or if a proposed public project will displace a substantial number of low or moderate income persons.”