A bill in the state Senate that would have increased building density along transit corridors failed to make it past its first committee hearing last week.
The bill, SB 827, by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), would have superseded local zoning laws to expedite the building process. Los Angeles, West Hollywood and Beverly Hills city councils each voted to oppose the bill.
“While I’m disappointed that Senate Bill 827 won’t be moving forward this year, I’m heartened by the conversation it has started, both with those who support the bill and with critics of the bill,” he said. “The passion we have seen around this bill is driven by what we are all feeling – that California’s housing costs are unsustainable and our housing policies aren’t working. California needs to get at the heart of our housing shortage, not just work around the edges, or we will become a hollowed out state with no middle class.”