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Mayor: Proposed State Housing Law a Bad Fit for Pasadena

January 10, 2019

By Brian Day with David Cross : pasadenanow – excerpt

Mayor Tornek said the City is prepared to go to court to fight if the State continues to siphon off more municipal authority

A new bill authored in the state Senate seeks to encourage new housing development near transit and employment hubs, but Pasadena’s mayor says it’s an overreach by the state into local authority.

Senate Bill 50, introduced by Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco last month, would force city and county governments to automatically approve qualifying housing project in “transit-rich” or “job-rich” areas. Transit-rich is defined as being within half a mile of a rail station or major bus stop, while the job-rich criteria is to be based on Department of Housing and Community Development and Office of Planning and Research guidelines, according to the text of the bill.

The law does not provide exemptions for cities like Pasadena, which are already generating housing at a rapid pace, Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek said… (more)


CASA Compact explained to League of California Cities 1/9/2019

Representatives from ABAG / MTC present the “Casa Compact” to skeptical local officials attending the League of California Cities meeting in the North Bay. The Q and A following the presentation drew sharp criticism over Sacramento “one size fits all” planning as currently proposed in Senator Wieners SB50 in the 2019 legislative session. The CASA compact is a series of proposals that will result in 1.5 BILLION dollars in new taxation and redistribute the majority to builders in the large population cities of San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose. It is not surprising that almost all of the remaining 101 cities, especially the smallest recognize that they will not only lose the power to manage local land use according to their needs, they will also lose the revenue to create new housing and infrastructure. – savemarinwood

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