The governor’s new budget makes clear that he isn’t willing to spend more money from the state’s general fund on affordable housing.
Gov. Jerry Brown didn’t propose any new funding for low-income housing and made clear he wouldn’t support proposed legislation that would increase spending. Even the $400 million Brown had agreed to spend last year if lawmakers signed off on his plan to streamline local development was taken off the table.
He reiterated his stance from last year that obstacles created locally – such as community opposition, delays in permit approvals, impact fees and parking requirements – are driving up the cost of building homes. He urged a continued push for legislation that would eliminate discretionary local reviews for housing developments that comply with local rules.
San Diego legislators Sen. Toni Atkins and Assemblyman Todd Gloria responded to the governor’s budget with disappointment on the housing front.
“I am concerned that the spending plan does not sufficiently address California’s housing affordability crisis,” said Gloria in a statement. “The elimination of the $400 million set-aside for affordable housing approved last year is a step backwards and I will work with my colleagues in the Legislature to make housing affordability a priority again.”
Atkins used the budget proposal to underscore the importance of her own housing bill, SB 2, which would, in part, create a new stream of funding for the construction of low-income housing by charging a $75 fee on real estate recording documents.
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The State wants wealthy people (not poor people) to relocate to CA so that the property taxes they will pay will be much higher than what CA residents are now paying because of Prop. 13. Most elected Leaders talk about "Affordable Housing" because they get big donations from Developers to build ever more Density which directly relates to much higher profits per development for them!
Want more housing for Low and Low-Moderate income families, mandate that it must be built as a meaningful percentage of every new Development (over 3 units) and then require that these Unistrut its be rent restricted for 30+ years, then CA will build itself out of the current "lack" of units that are really affordable.
Of course this will never happen because Developers would never allow those Codes to become law since it would directly affect their bottom line.
The wealthy now rule CA and things will only get worse as our elected Leaders continue to do what is best for the 1% (Big Money) instead of the majority of the rest of us living in CA!
Prediction: CA Property values will skyrocket, as all those that are now feeling threatened by the social & political changes now occurring in their own States, decide to relocate to laid back CA in order to escape the discrimination that is now becoming commonplace in so many places in the USA. Yet another group that is also very interested in owning SD property are all those living overseas that know how valuable SD's clean air and great weather are!
Affordable housing in San Diego and California and the politicians are laughable. They first create a housing crisis by denying permits for thousands of homes over the last decade and then purport to solve "their" crisis with millions of taxpayer dollars. What a joke they are.
It is classic though. Help Create a problem and then act like a hero coming in to solve it.
""(Brown) reiterated his stance from last year that obstacles created locally – such as community opposition, delays in permit approvals, impact fees and parking requirements – are driving up the cost of building homes. He urged a continued push for legislation that would eliminate discretionary local reviews for housing developments that comply with local rules.""
The State already meddles too much in local housing affairs. Constant changes to building codes, ever stricter energy requirements, fair share allocations etc. Now they want to gut local regulations? Review your own impacts on housing and you will find waste fraud and abuse! Deal with those issues before wagging your finger at localities.
There are too many people in Calif already. Slow growth is fine with me.
Its unbelievable how our "leaders" just keep ignoring the elephant in the room.
Have Sen.Toni Atkins and Assemblyman Todd Gloria ever balanced a checkbook?
There is no extra monies except through debt as the pension tsunami is coming on shore. Not only in San Diego but throughout the state. We are beginning to look like Illinois more and more
The economy is expected (projected) to be flat.
and here is the coming result