The Canary: Embrace the change

Is anyone else excited to see another young, Hispanic professional stepping up to the plate to run for Santa Maria City Council? Local nonprofit manager Gloria Soto is running to fill Jack Boysen‘s soon-to-be-vacated District 3 seat, and I must admit, I’m all aflutter!

It’s not just that she’s young and progressive, like District 4 challenger Rafael Gutierrez, that’s got my heart racing. Soto actually mentioned affordable housing in her announcement speech, saints be praised!

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but it sure seems like most of the residential projects that are going up around town lately are luxury apartments. What the hell! Santa Maria needs affordable housing, and fast. Just ask anybody trying to find a place to live in the city, it ain’t easy, and rents just keep climbing.