By Debra Kahn : politicopro – excerpt
The committee held CA SB50 (19R), by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), which sought to address the state’s dire housing shortage by loosening local control over zoning near public transit and job centers. It passed a critical committee last month with amendments that limited its reach to counties with more than 600,000 residents and cities with more than 50,000 residents.
“While I’m deeply disappointed that the Chair of the Appropriations Committee has decided to postpone SB 50 until 2020 — since we have a housing crisis right now — we are one hundred percent committed to moving the legislation forward,” Wiener said in a statement.
“We need to do things differently when it comes to housing. We’re either serious about solving this crisis, or we aren’t. At some point, we will need to make the hard political choices necessary for California to have a bright housing future.”
The bill generated buzz all session, but died in a whimper Thursday. It was among several bills that Appropriations Committee Chairman Anthony Portantino rattled off as two-year proposals near the start of the hearing, with no discussion.
VERY GOOD NEWS FOR THE CITIZENS OF CALIFORNIA.