Mar 5, 2018 0 Comments in Uncategorized by

In Sacramento, Senator Scott Wiener has introduced Senate Bill 827, designed to improve California’s housing affordability and displacement crisis. The progressive bill was noticed nationwide, with the Boston Globe claiming, “The bill may be the biggest environmental boon, the best job creator, and the greatest strike against inequality that anyone’s proposed in the United States in decades.” Locally in the Bay Area, we view this bill as an opportunity to tear down the economic barriers that have been causing displacement, gentrification, and economic segregation for generations. Furthermore, this bill is an environmentalist’s dream, pushing for more urban infill to create the urbanist utopia of walkable neighborhoods, racial and socio-economic diverse communities, and a place where people can actually afford to live. The concept is simple, put more housing next to transit, let local jurisdictions determine implementation rules, and finally start working to dig ourselves out of this inequality hole.

Unfortunately, local-control advocates are pushing back. While the significant majority of Bay Area cities have failed to build the housing needed for our workforce, some feel local jurisdictions should continue to hold all the decision making. In San Francisco, four Supervisors have introduced legislation to oppose Senate Bill 827. We believe this is the wrong route for San Francisco and for California. Please sign our petition to let the Board of Supervisors know that you support SB 827, an important statewide pro-housing, pro-transit piece of legislation.

SB827 makes San Francisco a place for everyone!

Dear Supervisors,

As you know, Senate Bill 827 has been introduced to the state legislature with the intent of creating more housing along transit across the state of California. The bill will meet with robust discussion by the public, housing advocates, and the sponsors themselves, and is still being amended to achieve the best policy outcomes. Opposition to this groundbreaking legislation is both unwarranted and counter-productive to our housing and environmental goals. Furthermore, it serves no purpose to announce opposition to a bill that is still receiving amendments. Therefore, we ask that you vote No on Local Resolution 180162, which calls for the Board of Supervisors to oppose Senate Bill 827.

Let’s continue to discuss the merits of this important piece of legislation and not become subject to the “politics of no.”

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SF Housing Action Coalition

SF Housing Action Coalition

The SF Housing Action Coalition is a member-supported non-profit that advocates for the creation of well designed, well-located housing at all levels of affordability. We believe more housing means more choices and better solutions for San Franciscans.

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