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Support Letters Needed Immediately for SB 184 to Protect Inclusionary Housing Programs and Help Create Affordable Housing

January 13, 2012
Last year, Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) introduced SB 184 to allow cities to adopt inclusionary housing ordinances after an appellate court decision in Palmer/Sixth Street Properties L.P. v. City of Los Angeles effectively eliminated cities' traditional authority under a broad interpretation of the Costa-Hawkins Act. Unless the Legislature acts on SB 184 by Jan. 31, now a two-year bill, it will die. SB 184 is currently awaiting action on the Senate floor.
 

With the dissolution of redevelopment agencies, the state's most reliable source of affordable housing will cease to exist. If SB 184 isn't passed, the number of California's affordable housing units will be even more drastically reduced.

The League supports SB 184 because it removes any conflict between the Costa-Hawkins Act, which was never intended to preclude inclusionary housing ordinances, and restores local authority to require affordable housing.

City officials are urged to immediately send support letters on SB 184. A sample support letter can be accessed on the League's website by typing "SB 184" into the search box. City officials are also encouraged to call their Senator and ask for their YES VOTE on SB 184. Senate contact information can be searched online.



 
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