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"The governor signed the legislation surrounded by lawmakers and advocates at Hunters View, a $450-million project that is redeveloping what was once crumbling public housing into new homes for 700 low- and middle-income families," reports Liam Dillon from Bayview-Hunters Point on Friday for the Los Angeles Times. "Speakers at the ceremony hailed the package of bills as a sea change in how the state handles housing issues."
Among the speakers was South Bay Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell), chief author of AB 1397 which "strengthens state planning laws to ensure local governments are doing everything they can to identify sites that are truly suitable for both affordable and market-rate housing," according to Low's press release on the 15 bills signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday.
"As a millennial, as a former mayor and a state legislator, I can not afford a single-family-home in the community that I work and represent," stated Low in his video of the bill-signing event. He added that the 15-bill package was significant for all generations.
"Still, the array of new laws Brown signed Friday will hardly put a dent in the state’s housing problems," adds Dillon. "Developers need to build about 100,000 new homes each year beyond what’s already planned, simply to keep pace with California’s population growth."
Three senate bills, SB 2, 3, and 35, received the most media attention. Other bills signed previously covered by Planetizen:
The remaining eight bills are among the 90 bills signed by Brown from Tuesday through Friday listed by Renee Schiavone of Patch:
Hat tip to Gladwyn D' Souza.