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Protesters take over press conference announcing new housing bill

January 8, 2020

By Marisa Kendall : mercurynews – excerpt

OAKLAND — Protesters shouted down Sen. Scott Wiener on Tuesday as he stood on the steps of Oakland City Hall, attempting to introduce a revamped bill to spur more housing development throughout California.

For nearly an hour, while Wiener and other supporters ran through the merits of Senate Bill 50, protesters including activist group Moms 4 Housing drowned them out with chants of “Hey hey, ho ho, luxury housing has got to go,” and “Where’s the affordable housing?”…

Flanked by supporters including Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Sen. Nancy Skinner and Assemblymembers Ash Kalra and Buffy Wicks, Wiener intended to use Tuesday’s news conference to re-launch SB 50. The bill, first introduced last year, would force cities to allow duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes on land currently zoned only for single-family homes and to approve larger apartment buildings near transit stops and job hubs…(more)

Scott Wiener claims he hates single family homes and wants to make building them illegal in California. That is what he is attempting to do with SB50 by removing single-family zoning.

Everywhere he goes Scott Wiener runs into opposition to his housing bills. His latest attempt to launch his SB50 2020 version in Oakland to avoid the opposition in his district, did not work. His Oakland press conference met with a huge outpouring of chants drowned out the proponents’ speeches. I went to tape his words and came away with nothing.

The audio I managed to tape came from a group who represents Moms 4 Homes, who have been receiving a lot of media attention as they try to squat in a vacant house in Oakland. I interviewed people representing the Social Democrats and semi-supporters of SB50 who want more benefits for the public and the unhoused than they see in SB50. I talked to other members of the press who were there like me, attempting to get a sound bite or two. Maybe someone has special equipment that can handle that crowd who picked up something useful. We shall see.

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