An unlikely bevy of bedfellows is agitating against California Governor Jerry Brown's plan to fast-track construction of afforable housing by bypassing cumbersome and expensive environmental review. Here the San Francisco Examimer reports:
Time is running out for Gov. Jerry Brown to approve his housing plan to streamline development throughout California, but San Francisco’s own politics on display Monday indicates just how difficult that may be.
In a special Board of Supervisors meeting Monday, Supervisor Aaron Peskin used an unusual maneuver to try and put the board on record in opposing the governor’s so-called “by right” trailer bill.
The proposal is meant to address the housing crisis throughout the state by reducing approval hurdles for development with at least 10 percent affordable housing, but it has drawn the ire of a coalition of labor, environmental and tenant rights groups. The coalition is expected to lobby Sacramento representatives today and issued a statement Monday arguing the governor’s proposal should be scrapped altogether.