By Susan Kirsch : bizjournals – excerpt
Artist view of dense housing creeping into single family neighborhoods.
The Business Times recently put forward the view that “‘Local control’ of housing is the problem, not the solution” (Viewpoint section, Aug. 31 print edition).
It also reported that Livable California is forming coalitions with like-minded elected city officials and community leaders in neighborhood, homeowner, renter and social justice organizations across the state. The goal that brings us together is to strengthen local control, integrated with regional collaboration and partnerships, as the answer to housing solutions and long-term, sustainable communities.
Local control isn’t perfect, but among everyday people, it is preferable to top-down state mandates. It has a greater capacity to shape solutions than the stymied one-size-fits-all approach currently advocated by big business and Sacramento…
The crisis we face is the systematic effort to dismantle local control and replace it with unelected, regional bureaucracies.
The crisis is the rush to pass more draconian legislation, like the dozen or so housing bills passed in 2018, piled on top of the 14 housing bills passed in 2017, which Berkeley researchers warn have unpredictable outcomes.
The crisis is believing the mantra “we have to do something,” justifies legislation that benefits a few, while jeopardizing the majority.
The crisis is legislation that increases the financial burden on cities without calling it what it is — an unfunded mandate.
The crisis is the threat to demo- cracy… (more)