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Inclusionary Housing Measure Advances to the Floor

City Officials Testify in Support

May 13, 2013
AB 1229 (Atkins), which reauthorizes inclusionary housing ordinances as they pertain to rental housing to address the 2009 Palmer decision, passed two Assembly committees in recent weeks and is now headed for a vote on the Assembly Floor.
The court held in Palmer that inclusionary housing ordinances for rental properties were superseded by the state’s Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act. 
League Immediate Past President and Mountain View Council Member Mike Kasperzak testified on May 1 in support of the bill in the Housing and Community Development Committee. He expressed that affordable housing production had declined since the case was decided. One week later on May 8, in the Assembly Local Government Committee, Salinas Council Member José Castañeda spoke about local control and how this bill would not require inclusionary housing ordinances, but simply authorize local governments to adopt one.   
The bill passed the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee by a vote of 5–2 and the Assembly Local Government Committee by a vote of 6–1. The League thanks Council Member Kasperzak and Council Member Castañeda for attending the hearings to testify for the bill.
AB 1229 will be heard next on the Assembly Floor. The bill has until May 31 to pass the Assembly Floor to meet the first house deadline.
If your city has not yet sent a letter of support, please send one. The League’s support letter, a sample support letter and bill language is available online.

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