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Local control and state legislation

March 29, 2019

by Matt Grocott : smdailyjournal – excerpt

Who remembers back in January of 2018 when state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco introduced Senate Bill 827? Mr. Wiener’s bill proposed to reduce local control of land near public transit stations. His reasoning was that the state’s so-called “housing crisis” was getting so out of hand, the state needed to step in and take over wherever a major transit stop was close by. A major transit stop was defined as a place where a person could catch a bus or a train; to be close by meant to be within a half mile radius or less of a stop. Cities, according to the state senator, were being too provincial and allowing the “not-in-my-backyard” crowd to prevent housing from being built. Cities were accused of planning and planning but never actually building.

Wiener’s bill was, of course, opposed by local governments and their biggest lobbying group in the state Capitol, the League of California Cities, aided the most in voicing opposition…

Supervisor Horsley said he wished to speak with the “stakeholders” in the cities he represents before taking any action in support of SB 50. He has his work cut out for him! I would suggest that the “stakeholders” are all the individual homeowners who live within a half mile of either side of the Caltrain-El Camino Real corridor and all those who live near Highway 1 on the coast. To borrow two phrases from Wiener’s legislation, those corridors are “transit rich” and are in a “job-rich area.” Not to dismiss the other supervisors, it is all five who need to be talking to the true “stakeholders.” I certainly hope they do so and with the same gusto they gave in canvassing those neighborhoods when they campaigned for election. If they were to do so and then report back what they heard to Mr. Wiener, perhaps he would understand that city planning is best left to cities(more)

Change may be inevitable, but it does not all have to take place at one time. There are too many projects underway and there is not real plan for financing or implementing the new infrastructure needed to assure there will be sufficient resources for all the new housing.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Ken Bukowski permalink
    March 30, 2019 11:25 am

    SB-50 and the CASA Compact


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