by Pleasanton Weekly editorial board : pleasantonweekly – excerpt
California legislators’ proposals to address the housing shortfall in the Bay Area and statewide have been on the radar for local leaders for several months. Of the dozens of bills pertaining to housing introduced in the state legislature this session, Senate Bill 50, which passed out of committee last week is probably the most contentious and concerning.
SB 50 by State Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) would force cities to allow multi-story, high-density apartment buildings in R-1 zoned residential areas near public transit with no limits on the number of units and no parking requirements. It would undo the historic local autonomy that cities enjoy over land-use decisions… (more)