The California legislature passed bills yesterday designed to ratchet up construction to ease the state’s affordable housing shortage.
According to an Associated Press report
, the Senate voted 23-12 to pass SB35, which removes some development restrictions in cities that fall behind on their housing production goals. The Senate also voted 30-9 to put a $3 billion bond for affordable housing on the ballot. Over in the Assembly, a 46-19 vote saw the passage of AB73, which rewards cities for streamlining the approval of housing, particularly for developments near public transportation.
"We need a comprehensive solution to address the housing crisis," said Assemblyman David Chiu, a San Francisco Democrat who authored AB73.
However, the legislature also created a new construction blacklist: the Senate voted 23-16 to ban the state from contracting with companies that bid to build President Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico.