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Newsom wants to investigate SF’s housing crisis. Here’s where he could start.

August 11, 2022

By Tim Redmond : 48hills – excerpt

A state review might want to evaluate the failures of the market and the lack of funding for affordable housing. Anyone think that will happen?

In a weird way, I’m kind of glad that Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to the state to investigate his former home town’s housing approval process. For starters, if there in fact have been problems in approving new housing, a lot of them happened when Newsom and his chosen successor, Ed Lee, were running the city.

Specifically, it was Lee’s determination to convince dozens of tech companies to move here and bring thousands of high-paid employees—without any clue, any plan, and discussion at all, zero, of where to house them—that was the proximate cause of the latest in this city’s long housing crisis…

The investigation (supported by Mayor London Breed) comes just days after the state Department of Housing and Community Development sent the Planning Department its comments on the city’s draft Housing Element, which is based almost entirely on fantasy.(more)

If you are having trouble getting through the rest of this article and getting into the RHNA weeds, all you need to know is that the voters have the option of voting some of these state and federal officials who are blaming their constituents for our lifestyle choices and for not obeying their open of thought. It may be a good time to remind these people that they are supposed to work for us not the other way around by voting them out of office.

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