In 2006, California voters passed Proposition 1C, a $2.8-billion housing bond. Los Angeles currently can get a share of the funds to build affordable housing for seniors, but the city's current need is for affordable housing open to families -- and in order to get money for those projects, it needs voters to update earlier authorizations. There's no good reason to lose out on this funding and the housing it would bring. The Times urges a yes vote on Measure B.
Some in the city are so fixed on avoiding any increase in the number of people living here that they oppose this common-sense measure. They mistakenly believe that it would increase density beyond what current city law allows. It would not. The only issue is whether the city will be able to assure that California's bond funds will be used here. We should grab the money before it's spent elsewhere in the state.