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  • L.A. City Council Joins NIMBYs, Upholds Status Quo on Housing Crisis

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    As our city’s housing crisis worsens and homelessness continues to grow, the Los Angeles City Council voted today to oppose an important state measure that would bring much needed relief to Angelenos. Senate Bill 827 by Senator Scott Wiener would spur housing development throughout California by reducing barriers to higher and denser residential construction near major transit stops.
    The Valley Industry & Commerce Association (VICA) strongly supports SB 827 as an innovative approach to building more housing, cutting gridlock and reducing emissions by rezoning transit-rich areas. The bill’s provisions preserve local planning approval processes, displacement policies for rent-controlled units and affordable housing requirements for new construction. 
    VICA President Stuart Waldman said:
    “Families in the San Fernando Valley and throughout Los Angeles are struggling to make ends meet as housing costs continue to skyrocket.
    “The Los Angeles City Council has failed time and again to take bold action that would produce real results on housing development. Today’s action is representative of why SB 827 is necessary: cities and counties left to their own devices are happy to uphold the status quo and obstruct new development.
    “The housing shortage and growing homeless population are constricting our state’s economy. The only way to solve the housing crisis is by building more, which is SB 827’s goal. This just proves that the LA City Council doesn’t really want to solve this crisis.”
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