Last week, a California legislative committee shelved Senate Bill 50, legislation aimed at dramatically increasing homebuilding near mass transit and in single-family neighborhoods across the state.
That the bill died before a vote on the floor of the state Senate was a surprise for a proposal that had attracted national attention as a way to address California’s housing-affordability crisis.
On this episode of “Gimme Shelter: The California Housing Crisis Podcast,” we drill down on what happened and the roles of Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge), Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and Gov. Gavin Newsom in the bill’s demise.
Our guest is Brian Hanlon, the head of California YIMBY, a principal backer of SB 50.