Mayors talk CEQA changes

By Kevin Yakamura : politico – excerpt

CHANGE OF HEART? While cities were major opponents of controversial legislation this year to help developers build housing near bus and rail lines, big-city mayors say they’re willing to work next year with the California lawmaker behind the idea, reports POLITICO’s Angela Hart.

State Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) said he plans to revive Senate Bill 827, which would allow developers to bypass local zoning laws to build taller, more dense housing near public transportation. Despite previous local government opposition, some mayors now say it’s time for the state to step in, even if they have to give up some local land use authority.

“Local control is an important principle…but it’s highly overrated,” said Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg Friday at a housing and homelessness forum moderated by CALmatters. “Local control to what end?”… (more)

Those of us who disagree with this principle, may have to fight the battle all over again. This time, with more fuel from the recent elections. Many people who knew nothing about the state power struggles before, now a lot about it now. The ballot arguments educated a lot of people. Once the fires are out and the homeless count rises, the where to build housing arguments will begin in earnest.


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