The View

Dear Editor: A little background info, then my complaint.

I lived in Downey, raised my three children there. Eleven years ago, the children grown and out of the house and by myself, I decided to sell my house and move to a mobile home park. There being none in Downey, I moved into a lovely lake park in La Habra.

Unfortunately all my ties, church, organizations, etc. were still in Downey. So for the last 11 years I was travelling, 3-5 times a week (28 miles round trip). I spent two-thirds of my 87 years in Downey. The time had come for me to move back to Downey.

So, good fortune. A nice big apartment complex was being built right in the heart of Downey. I called for info on this and waited. The info I received was 2 and 3 bedroom affordable apartments with a rec room.” finally, Oct. 3, 9 a.m., I come pick up an application. Downey View Apartment people were there passing out the sheets. What I read on these papers was indeed disheartening.

Thirty-four 2-bedroom apartments for 2-5 people ranging in monthly rent from $513 to $819. Fifteen 3-bedroom apartments for 3-7 persons, monthly rent ranging from $590-$1,018. But I was told I couldn’t live there -- I was one person.

The general public had no knowledge of this stipulation. Why?

I will find an apartment in Downey better than this. Shame on Downey for allowing this kind of project to be built and deceiving the residents about it.

Barbara Alford

La Habra



Published: Oct. 9, 2014 - Volume 13 - Issue 26