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Governor Calls for 1.3 Million New Homes in Southern California

Local governments in Southern California have chafed at a call from Governor Gavin Newsom for 1.3 million new homes over the next decade. The Southern California Association of Governments has proposed only 430,000.
August 30, 2019, 8am PDT | Philip Rojc | @PhilipRojc
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Seeking to deliver on promises to ease the state's rampant housing crisis, "Newsom and allies in the Legislature have called for 3.5 million new homes to be built statewide by 2025 in an effort to end a shortage of available homes that is driving up prices," Liam Dillon writes. In a letter to the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the state has called for 1.3 million new homes over the next ten years.

"Local government officials, including many in the Los Angeles area, have been frustrated by the state's efforts to push for greater growth in their communities and to take away some of their control over development," Dillon writes. Those efforts include multiple attempts to mandate upzoning around transit spearheaded by State Senator Scott Wiener.

For its part, SCAG's proposals have been far more modest, totaling only 430,000 new homes through 2029. 

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Published on Thursday, August 22, 2019 in The Los Angeles Times
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