State lawmakers have decided that they know better than the rest of us how we should live.
That is the message Sacramento is sending with dozens of legislative bills that, if passed, will all but destroy local control over housing and development. Your community’s future will no longer be determined by you and your local elected representatives, but by developers and speculators armed with money and state laws that empower them to control local land use.
The 6th episode of Catalysts in California Times pulls key points from elected officials and community leaders. Individually and collectively they make the point: These bills fail to meet the needs for affordability, increase the cost of housing, ignore water and environmental safety, and take away local control.
Two bills making their way through the State Legislature, SB9 and SB10, will allow developers to tear down existing single-family homes, especially in communities of color, for market-rate and luxury housing only the affluent can afford.
Increasing Housing Supply Can Never Meet Demand
This National Association of Home Builders study explains why increasing housing supply can never meet demand so long as the region has FULL EMPLOYMENT, as we have here on the peninsula.