The important stuff, of course, wasn't what was officially said, but what the "officials" said to each other before and after. First, the guy from DCLU said that Ron Sims had told him to cancel the meeting. Then the mousy woman from Arai said that the whole project could be going away, "and wouldn't that be a shame for the community to lose this opportunity." To which I said, "My community already has plenty of affordable housing, thanks, but if we lost the open space that would be forever." I also told her that it was another community that had asked for this project, not me. She also was under the impression that if the money went away for this project we would never get phase Two (the part we want.)
During the presentation there was much made about how everything was up in the air right now (music to my ears), and that most comments couldn't really specifically address the proposal because no one knew where it was going right now. Finally, Sara from Beacon noted that there were a lot of political forces at work behind the scenes on the county's end, pushing them away from doing a project on the H building. I figure those could easily be the forces that were keeping the project from happening on 12th street because they didn't want to lose their parking lot. I guess the folks who wanted to preserve the gym just didn't have the kind of political push that the other people did.
The Arai woman also asked a very strange question about whether Arai polluted the master plan process by pushing the phase two development; basically, would be have been more open to the siting for the housing if they had never brought up a phase two and had just stuck to the apartment complex? And I told her no, the county had been talking to us about the 12th avenue building for years and we wanted to hold them to it; and also we had no interest in having a big apartment get built on 14th street, period. She was really surprised to hear that they weren't the ones that had come up with the 12th street building. Apparently they didn't remember when WE brought it up at the char/ade/ette. Very strange.
Afterwards we skipped Mah Jong in favor of a trip to the Grand Illusion to see the 'La Jetee' movie and part of the travel film afterwards. The we left (early) supposedly intending on going to Mah Jong but in fact we're sitting around here doing nothing. How pleasant!