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New California law will get rid of some city and county regulations on housing construction

State Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)
State Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

For decades, the city of Los Angeles has forced developers who want to build projects with 50 or more homes to complete an in-depth environmental analysis — no matter what zoning codes say.

A new law authored by state Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) aims to wipe away Los Angeles' rule and similar ones around the state that slow growth and add to the cost of home building in an attempt to address California's housing affordability crisis. 

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